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Ecological Forecasting Application
Ecological Forecasting employs observations and models to predict the impacts of environmental change on ecosystems. In doing so, it applies information from the physical, biological, and social sciences and promotes a scientific synthesis across the domains of physics, geology, chemistry, biology, and psychology. The goal is reliable forecasts that allow decision makers access to science-based tools in order to project changes in living systems. These forecasts should incorporate knowledge of uncertainties and estimates of error and allow those making decisions to compare the outcomes of alternative policies.

Ecological forecasting draws on various Earth observation measures, such as land cover/land use, precipitation, and topography, while addressing issues related to  biodiversity conservation, protected area management, and marine fisheries. Near-term validation and benchmarking efforts include data products derived from the Terra, Landsat, and Aqua satellites. Future missions such as GPM and Aquarius will provide precipitation and salinity data of relevance to this application. Primary partners are USAID, National Park Service, and NOAA.

Visit the NASA HQ Applications Web site for Ecological Forecasting for more information.

Some Recent Activities

2013
NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting
April 23–25, 2013, Arlington, VA

2012
NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting
April 25–27, 2012, Seattle, WA

2011
NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting
October 5–6, 2011, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria VA

2010
NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting
May 17–19, 2010, The Hilton Embassy Row Hotel, Washington, DC

2009
NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting

May 6–8, 2009, The Westin New York at Times Square

2008 
NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting
May 1–2, 2008, University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center

2007
NARSEC - North American Network for Remote Sensing Park Ecological Condition 2007 Workshop
March 6–8, 2007, Santa Fe, NM

2006
NOAA-NASA Workshop on Integrating Satellite Data Products into Ecosystem-Based Management of Living Marine Resources
May 3–5, 2006, Monterey, CA

Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Presentations from the Joint Workshop on NASA Biodiversity, Terrestrial Ecology,and Related Applied Sciences
August 21–25, 2006, University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center

2005
Coordinating Approaches for Utilizing Remote Sensing-Earth Observation (RS/EO) Data to Monitor and Report Landscape Dynamics in and Around Protected Areas (a meeting sponsored by Parks Canada Agency, Canadian Space Agency, U.S. National Park Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing)
March 1–3, 2005, St. Petersburg, FL

Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Presentations from the 2005 NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting
August 29–31, 2005, Washington, DC

 

Point of Contact for NASA Ecological Forecasting Applied Sciences Program:

Woody Turner
Program Scientist,  Ecological Forecasting

NASA Headquarters
Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate
Mail Suite 3H78
300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546-0001

Telephone: +1 202 358-1662
Facsimile:1 202 358-2770
woody.turner@nasa.gov

 

 

 

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