As climates shift and change, ecosystems respond in a variety of ways. Assessing the ecological impacts of a changing climate is crucial for natural resource management decision-making. NASA Earth observations can be used to help make these decisions. This four-week webinar series, in collaboration with the USGS North Central Climate Center, will include an overview of the satellites, sensors, and tools relevant to ecological forecasting; available climate products and data for ecological modeling; scenario planning; and the application of modeling for species distribution and state-and-transition simulations.
By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:
Complete Fundamentals of Remote Sensing webinars Sessions 1 and 2A, or equivalent experience. Attendees that do not complete prerequisites may not be properly prepared for the pace during the training.
Local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations charged with maintaining healthy ecosystems, and interested in ecological forecasting using satellite imagery and climate data. Governmental and non-governmental organizations in the public and private sectors engaged in environmental management and monitoring will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research.
This webinar series is now at capacity and registration is closed. There is no cost for the webinar, but you must register to view the recordings.
September 7, 2017
An introduction ot the use of remotely-sensed data for predictors in ecological forecasting; an overview of example sensors and tools relevant to ecological forecasting (MODIS NDVI, VIIRS Land products, AppEARS); and case study examples.
September 14, 2017
An introduction to gridded historic and projected climate data; and considerations of appropriate use of climate data in ecological impact assessments, including downscaling (statistical vs. dynamical) and bias correction methods.
September 21, 2017
Scenario planning as a tool for grappling with the uncertainty of climate change and other factors, and how those affect management objectives; selecting a small set of climate futures; considering additional, non-climate factors; developing scenarios of climate impacts and potential management responses; and case study examples.
September 28, 2017
An introduction to combining ecological response models; an overview of species distribution modeling, including ecological response modeling technique examples, an explanation of correlative species distribution models, and an introduction to VisTrails; limitations of correlative approaches; and ecological simulation modeling, including an overview of simulation modeling approaches and examples, state-and-transition conceptual models and simulations, and an introduction to ST-Sim software.