NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting

October 19–21, 2021, Virtual

Tuesday, October 19

10:30AM Welcome & Introduction 
Woody Turner/NASA HQ [PDF]
10:45AM Defining Strategic Opportunities for the Programs
Gary Geller/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) [PDF]
11:00AM NASA Earth Science Research and Analysis Program Outlook
Jack Kaye/NASA Headquarters
11:15AM Questions and Answers
11:30AM Break
12:00PM Project Plenary Talks (12 minutes each + 3 minutes for questions)
  The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)
Frank Muller-Karger/University of South Florida [PDF]
  Software Workflows and Tools for Integrating Remote Sensing and Organismal Occurrence Data Streams to Assess and Monitor Biodiversity Change
Walter Jetz/Yale University [PDF]
  Using Earth Observations and Ecosystem Modeling to Improve the Sustainability of Agribusiness and Extractive Industries in Working Landscapes
Becky Chaplin-Kramer/Stanford University [PDF]
  Dynamic Seascapes to Support a Biogeographic Framework for a Global Marine Biodiversity Observing Network
Maria Kavanaugh/Oregon State University [MP4] [PDF]
1:00PM Break
2:00PM Training and Awareness Raising (30 minutes each)
  Earth Science Applications Handbook plus Stakeholder Engagement
Sterling Riber/Consultant [PDF] and Katherine Casey/NASA SERVIR [PDF]
The Earth Science Applications Guidebook is a web-based tool that explores the world of decision- making using satellite Earth observations. It includes descriptions and testimonials of how satellite imagery is currently used in a variety of applications as well as best practices for conducting applied science projects.
The stakeholder engagement presentation will focus on how current and future Applied Science practitioners can use SERVIR’s Service Planning toolkit to effectively engage with stakeholders and end users. The toolkit includes best practices and tools for conducting consultation workshops, needs assessments as well as project evaluation.
  Better Communications for NASA: Video Testimonials, Etc.
Lia Poteet and Marissa Kunerth/U.Group [PDF]
3:00PM What NASA Wants: Delivering on Your Project (3 Parallel Breakout Sessions)
  1. Sustainable Development Goals (aka A.8) Projects Lessons Learned
Argie Kavvada/NASA Headquarters and Cindy Schmidt/NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)
  2. Group on Earth Observations (GEO) (aka A.50) Projects Success
Gary Geller/JPL, Laura Rogers/NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), and Maury Estes/University of Alabama Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
  3. NASA 101 Session: New PI Onboarding, Etc.
Keith Gaddis and Woody Turner/NASA Headquarters
4:00PM Break
4:30PM Poster Sessions
  (one-minute speed talks for approximately 30 posters followed by ~30 parallel open discussions in which each of the ~30 posters has its own room for roughly one hour) [ Compiled PDF]
  01 – Blair–Expanding Wallace, a tool for species distribution modeling [PDF]
02 – Byrnes – Cultivating a (Floating) Forest of Citizen Science [PDF]
03 – Chirayath – MarineVERSE & PICOGRAM [PDF]
04 – Eegholm–Agent–Based Modeling of Giant Kelp [PDF]
05 – Ferraz–Quantifying Seed Dispersal from Space [PDF]
06 – Gholizadeh–Remote sensing of biodiversity in grasslands [PDF]
07 – Griffin–Nutrient Flows and the Belize Barrier Reef [PDF]
08 – Hansen–SDG15: Maintaining Life on Land [PDF]
09 – Jantz–New Connectivity Tools for USFS International Programs [PDF]
10 – Jongsomjit–Understanding Adélie Penguin Winter Ecology [PDF]
11 – Lynch–Image super–resolution for population tipping points [PDF]
12 – MacKay–Aquaculture Management and Siting in Palau [PDF]
13 – Messié – Zooplankton hotspots in a moving ocean [PDF]
14 – Montes – Seascape make–up drive fish biodiversity of the Peruvian shelf [PDF]
15 – Myers–Variability of Water Transparency and its Drivers in the Hudson River [PDF]
16 – Pavlick–BioCube [PDF]
17 – Podest–Poster A Tool to Characterize Forest Cover in Panama [PDF]
18 – Qiu–Combined LiDAR and Hyperspectral Imagery for Forest Reproduction [PDF]
19 – Radeloff–DHIs from Terra, Aqua, Suomi NPP, JPSS & 2nd poster – Multi–scale DHIs and Bird Biodiversity [PDF 1] [PDF 2]
20 – Sanderson-Tracking recovery of jaguars, lions, bison & 2nd poster – What SDG 15 needs: an application for tigers [PDF 1] [PDF 2]

21 – Townsend–ImgSPEC: Cloud–Based On-demand Spectroscopy Processing [PDF]
22 – Zaiats–Applying Landscape Demography to Improve Ecological Restoration [PDF]
6:00PM End of Day

Wednesday, October 20

10:30AM NASA Applied Sciences Program Outlook
Lawrence Friedl/NASA Headquarters [PDF]
10:45AM Catalyst: A NASA Consortium for Conservation at Scale
(Keith Gaddis and Woody Turner/NASA Headquarters) [PDF]
11:00AM Questions and Answers
11:15AM Break
11:30AM Project Plenary Talks (12 minutes each + 3 minutes for questions)
  Designing Applications to Foster the Health of Terrestrial and Wetland Ecosystems in the Coastal Zone of West Africa
Danielle Wood/Massachusetts Institute of Technology [PDF]
  Variability of Glaciers and Fjord Ice in Southeast Greenland with Application to Resident Polar Bears
Kristin Laidre/University of Washington [PDF]
  Adding Space-based Vegetation Structure Measurements to a Global Ecosystem Model to Simulate Tropical Forest Animal Communities and Their Role in Ecosystem Function
Chris Doughty/Northern Arizona University[PDF]
  From Soundscapes to Landscapes: Monitoring Animal Biodiversity from Space Using Citizen Scientists
Matthew Clark/Sonoma State University [PDF]
  Securing Sustainable Seas: Near Real-time Monitoring and Prediction of Global Fishing Fleet Behavior
James Watson/Oregon State University [PDF]
  Soilborne Plant Pathogen Dispersal and Assessment: Building a Remote Sensing-based Global Surveillance System for Plant Disease
Katie Gold/Cornell University [PDF] [Slide 11 MP4] [Slide 14 MP4]
1:00PM Break
2:00PM Discussion / Q&A Sessions (3 Parallel Breakouts—Implemented in 20-Minute Sessions in which Presenters will move between the 3 rooms to allow for smaller, more interactive sessions)
  1. Project Guidance with Ecological Forecasting Program Associates
Laura Rogers/NASA LaRC, Maury Estes/University of Alabama Huntsville and MSFC, and Cindy Schmidt/ARC
  2. Program Management: Good, Bad, and Ugly
Woody Turner/NASA Headquarters [PPTX]
  Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility at NASA
Keith Gaddis/NASA Headquarters
3:00PM Training in Technical Tools (4 Parallel Breakout Sessions)
  1. NASA Web-based Tools for Satellite Data Analysis (AppEEARS)
Aaron Friesz/NASA Land Processes DAAC
  A Suite of Tools to Support Biodiversity Assessment and Decision Making
Mary Blair [PDF] /American Museum of Natural History and Victor Gutierrez–Velez/Temple University [PDF]
  • We will introduce and give a live demonstration of tools developed in partnership with the Colombia Biodiversity Observation Network (BON), including tools for modeling and mapping species distributions and decision–support infrastructure and tools related to ecosystem distribution and biodiversity indicators. Together these tools help facilitate sustained use of GEO BON’s Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) derived from Earth Observations for biodiversity assessment, reporting, and decision–making in the Colombian BON and others.
  LandCart: A Bureau of Land Management Platform for Dryland Decisions
Bo Zhou/University of California Los Angeles [PDF]
  • The goal of the LandCart project is to build on existing ideas to provide the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with the ability to fuse Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) field data with remote sensing information to make predictions of AIM indicators in places and times where they were not measured. LandCart is a web-based tool developing using Google Earth Engine. Some of the functionalities of LandCart tools include: creating continuous maps of core indicators based on AIM field data using on-the-fly model making with machine learning (Random Forest); enabling sub-annual (seasonal, monthly, bi-weekly) map-making and inter/intra- annual time series capability; producing all necessary information to the NEPA Administrative Record.
  ARIES: ARtificial Intelligence for Environment and Sustainability
Ken Bagstad/U.S. Geological Survey [PDF]
  • It’s widely accepted that today’s science should strive to be FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. However, today’s state of the practice – public data and code repositories – are generally Findable and Accessible but struggle greatly to achieve Interoperability & Reusability. The long-running Artificial Intelligence for Environment & Sustainability (ARIES) project provides technology to achieve this through the semantic web – specifically using AI tools including semantics & machine reasoning. This technology is inherently multidisciplinary and scalable, making it appropriate for addressing larger biodiversity and ecological science integration challenges. In addition, it can enable access to sophisticated data and models through a web browser, which can improve access to data for underserved communities. This session will cover 1) a description of ARIES as a solution to today’s data and model interoperability challenges, 2) tours of the ARIES Explorer (web) and Modeler (IDE) interfaces, and 3) how to get involved and contribute interoperable data and models to the ARIES network.
4:00PM Break
4:30PM Poster Sessions
  (one-minute speed talks for approximately 30 posters followed by ~30 parallel open discussions in which each of the ~30 posters has its own room for roughly one hour) [Compiled PDF]
  01 – Blair–An integrated biodiversity monitoring system for Colombia [PDF]
02 – Bohrer–Forecasting Tools for the Y2Y Migration Corridor [PDF]
03 – Brandt–Integrating Remote Sensing and Ecological Forecasting into Decision Support for Beaver Rewilding [PDF]
04 – DeFelice–Environmentally informed West Nile virus forecasts [PDF]
05 – Dobrowski–Decision Support for Post–Fire Forest Restoration [PDF]
06 – Foroutan–Microbial Biodiversity in Trans–Atlantic Dust Plumes [PDF]
07 – Gutierrez–Integrating Earth Observations for biodiversity decisions [PDF]
08 – Hall – Circuitscape & Omniscape in Julia [PDF]
09 – Horton – Understanding urban centers as ecological traps [PDF]
10 – Hu–Sargassum monitoring and forecasting [PDF]
11 – Huang–Power of GEDI: Tools to Map Habitat Heterogeneity & Biodiversity [PDF]
12 – Ives–Statistical inference for remote-sensing data [PDF]
13 – Jantz–Lidar Mapping of Forest Vertical Structure In Colombia [PDF]
14 – Keys–Cross–scale dynamics of SDG achievement in Kenya [PDF]
15 – Kiefer–Tunascape: Ocean Circulation and the ETPO Tuna Fishery [PDF]
16 – Miller–So. Cal. Bight Marine Biodiversity Observation Network [PDF]
17 – Mohammed – Sustainability of the 3S Rivers under Climate Change [PDF]
18 – Oliver–Scaling of Environmental Selection in Pelagic Species [PDF]
19 – Peery–Enhancing biodiversity & resilience in dry forests [PDF]
20 – Pijanowski – Multi–Sensor Biodiversity Framework [PDF]
21 – Wilson – Forecasting and Change Detection in a Biodiversity Hotspot [PDF]
22 – Wright – Ecosystem mapping in West Papua [PDF]
24 – Chaplin–Essential Biodiversity Variables & Ecosystem Services [PDF]
25 – Otis–Coastal Surface Temperatures using ECOSTRESS [PDF]
6:00PM End of Day

Thursday, October 21

10:30AM BioSCape: Biodiversity Survey of the Cape Airborne Campaign
Adam Wilson/University of Buffalo and Erin Hestir/University of California Merced [PDF]
10:45AM The Internet of Animals
Ryan Pavlick/JPL
11:00AM Questions and Answers
11:15AM Break
11:30AM Project Plenary Talks (12 minutes each + 3 minutes for questions)
  Decision and Information System for the Coastal waters of Oman (DISCO) – An Integrative Tool for Managing Coastal Resources under Changing Climate
Joaquim Goes/Columbia University [PDF]
  Applying Sustainable Development Goals to the Conservation of Winter Environments and Cold-adapted Species in a Warming World
Benjamin Zuckerberg/University of Wisconsin Madison [PDF]
  Signatures of the Multiple Scales of Motion in Shaping Marine Phytoplankton Biogeography
Stephanie Dutkiewicz/Massachusetts Institute of Technology [PDF]
  Climate-ready and Resilient Fisheries: Using Satellite Data to Conserve and Manage Life in the Ocean and Support Sustainable Fisheries
Rebecca Lewison/San Diego State University, Cam Braun/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute [PDF]
  Forecasting Coral Disease Outbreaks across the Tropical Pacific Ocean Using Satellite-derived Data
Megan Donahue/University of Hawaii Manoa [PDF]
  Using NASA Resources to Better Inform Wildlife Conservation in the Anthropocene: Spatially Predicting Impacts of Anthropogenic Nightlight and Noise on Wildlife Habitat Integrity Across the Contiguous United States
Neil Carter/University of Michigan [PDF]
1:00PM Break
2:00PM Current Missions (15 minutes each followed by 15 minutes Q&A)
  GEDI: Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (lidar mission)
John Armston/UMD [PDF]
  ECOSTRESS: ECOsystem Space-borne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (multispectral thermal infrared mission)
Kerry Cawse-Nicholson/JPL [PDF]
  ICESat-2: Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (lidar mission)
Amy Neuenschwander/U of Texas at Austin [PDF]
3:00PM Future Missions (15 minutes each followed by 15 minutes Q&A)
  NISAR: NASA-ISRO SAR (synthetic aperture radar mission)
Paul Siqueira/JPL [PDF]
  SBG: Surface Biology and Geology (visible to shortwave infrared imaging spectrometer (hyperspectral) plus multispectral thermal infrared mission)
Dave Schimel/JPL [PDF]
  PACE: Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (pelagic ocean imaging spectrometer plus aerosols mission)
Heidi Dierssen/University of Connecticut [PDF]
4:00PM Break
4:30PM Poster Sessions
  (one-minute speed talks for approximately 30 posters followed by ~30 parallel open discussions in which each of the ~30 posters has its own room for roughly one hour)
  01 – Bell – Remote Sensing of Kelp Forest Biodiversity Dynamics [PDF]
02 – Bunn–Biodiversity, Connectivity, and Forecasting in GKNP [PDF]
03 – Carlson – Building the species niche from individuals [PDF]
04 – Cavender-Bares–Mapping temperate forest diversity and disease [PDF]
05 – Dronova–Plant diversity & change in complex environments [PDF]
06 – DuVivier – Hot spots in the Ice [PDF]
07 – Epstein – Arctic Ecosystem Functional Diversity [PDF]
08 – Hand–Predicting the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species [PDF]
09 – Haram-Effects of Marine Debris on Ocean Surface Ecosystems [PDF]
10 – Hopkins – An Analysis of Deep Learning for RS data in SDMs [PDF]
11 – Horton – Aeroecology, an emerging ecological frontier [PDF]
12 – Kalmus–Coral Projections [PDF]
13 – Keany–Using lidar to detect forest elephant disturbance [PDF]
14 – Pidgeon–Mapping Argentina’s habitat & species, to improve forest plans [PDF]
15 – Record – Scaling Forest Diversity [PDF]
16 – Reiter–Central Valley Water Forecasting for Multiple Benefits [PDF]
17 – Sohlberg–Edge Effects on Forest Ecology [PDF]
18 – Song–Land cover mapping in data-sparse regions [PDF]
19 – Stovall–Understanding the 3D Signature of Biodiversity [PDF]
20 – Troy–Earth Observation for Implementing U.S. Ecosystem Accounts [PDF]
21 – Wei-Elevational Transects in Global Alpine Treeline Ecotones [PDF]
22 – Wethey-NASA ECOSTRESS resolves ocean temperature fine structure [PDF]
23 – He–Predicting Larval Dispersal for Marine Resource Management [PDF]
24 - Mountrakis-Decision-making for rewilding of Galapagos tortoises
25 – Deppe–Mapping investments 4 bird conservation &human well–being [PDF]
26 – Galvan – Scalable grapevine viral disease detection with NASA imaging spectroscopy
6:00PM Wrap Up in Plenary
Woody Turner and Keith Gaddis/NASA Headquarters
6:15PM End of Meeting