Land-cover and Land-use Changes on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia
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Topp, R. 2012. The Changing Arctic. UA Museum of the North (movie).
Anscombe, N. 2012. Arctic ground measurements confirm satellite data, Environmental Research Web, April 3, 2012.
Lindsey, R. Shrub Takeover One Sign of Arctic Change, ClimateWatch Magazine, January 18, 2012.
Environmental Research Letters, Focus Issue: Focus on Dynamics of Arctic and Sub-Arctic Vegetation.
Guest editors: Howard E Epstein University of Virginia; Donald (Skip) A Walker University of Alaska Fairbanks; Isla Myers-Smith University of Alberta
- Epstein, H.E., Raynolds, M.K., Walker, D.A., Bhatt, U.S., Tucker, C.J., Pinzon, J.E. 2011. Dynamics of aboveground phytomass of the circumpolar arctic tundra during the past three decades. Environmental Research Letters.
- Walker, D.A., Epstein, H.E., Raynolds, M.K., Kuss, P., Kopecky, M.A., Frost, G.V., Daniëls, F.J.A., Leibman, M.O., Moskalenko, N.G., Matyshak, G.V., Khitun, O.V., Khomutov, A.V., Forbes, B.C., Bhatt, U.S., Kade, A.N., Vonlanthen, C.M., Tichy, L. 2012. Environment, vegetation and greenness (NDVI) along the North America and Eurasia Arctic transects. Environmental Research Letters. 7:(1).
- Yu, Q., Epstein, H.E., Walker, D.A., Frost, G.V., Forbes, B. 2011. Modeling dynamics of tundra plant communities on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia, in response to climate change and grazing pressure. Environmental Research Letters. 6:(4).
Raynolds, M.K., Walker, D.A., Epstein, H.E., Pinzon, J.E., Tucker, C.J. 2012. A new estimate of tundra-biome phytomass from trans-Arctic field data and AVHRR NDVI. Remote Sensing Letters. 3:403-411.
2011 Franz Josef Land Calendar; photos from the 2011 expedition.
The overarching goals of the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) project are to establish a research transect along the Eurasia Arctic bioclimate gradient to examine the interactions between sea-ice, climate, permafrost and the social ecological systems of the region. The project is using remote-sensing technologies to examine how the terrain and anthropogenic factors of reindeer herding and resource development, combined with the climate variations on the Yamal Peninsula, affect the spatial and temporal patterns of permafrost and vegetation change and how those changes are in turn affecting traditional herding by indigenous people of the region. The Eurasia Arctic Transect traverses the five Arctic bioclimate subzones of the Yamal Peninsula and Franz Josef Land of Russia and offers a maritime comparison to the the more continental North America Arctic Transect. The work is also part of the Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative (NEESPI). It addresses the NEESPI science questions regarding local and hemispheric effects of anthropogenic changes to land use and climate in northern Eurasia.
Funded by NASA Grant No. NNG6GE00A and NNX09AK56G. More information at IAB Research Project Overview.