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Featured Event: NASA ABoVE Virtual Conference

The 6th ABoVE Science Team meeting incorporated many high-level science findings with practical applications.

Highlights include:

  • Helping Alaska wildlife biologists determine if snow conditions are suitable for conducting the winter moose counts while optimizing airplane hours and fuel (Boelman).
  • Assisting management of the Tanana Valley State Forest by providing detailed stocking and biomass information from remote sensing and modeling the effect of management (harvest) into the future for planning (Lutz).
  • Correlating human health outcomes in Alaska with remotely-sensed smoke conditions (Loboda).
  • Mapping wetlands and determining waterfowl habitat suitability and future climate impacts with Ducks Unlimited (French).
  • Remote sensing methodology to track moisture content in deep organic soils to indicate drought level and potential for large wildfires and deep combustion (SchaeferTabatabaeenejad).
  • Well-validated lichen maps and inventories across caribou ranges:  (Epstein–slide 1).

Featured Publication - A comparison of fire weather indices with MODIS fire days for the natural regions of Alaska

Robert Ziel et al. explore the effectiveness of diverse indices to capture high-risk fires in this new article from Forests journal. Read about the key implications here.

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