NASA Yamal Synthesis:
Land-cover and Land-use Changes on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia

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Program Description

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.

The primary goals of the LCLUC Yamal Synthesis project are to 1) develop a better understanding of variations in Arctic ecological systems along the Eurasia and Circumpolar Arctic climate gradient to aid in interpretation of remotely sensed imagery, and 2) develop remote-sensing tools that can be used for adaptive management that will help Arctic people, government agencies and policy makers predict and adapt to impending rapid climate change and rapid resource development. Read more

Recent publications & Events

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

Epstein H.E. U.S. Bhatt, M.K. Raynolds, D.A. Walker, P.A. Bieniek, C.J. Tucker, J. Pinzon, H. Zeng, G.J. Jia, K.C. Guay, S.J. Goetz: Tundra Greenness [in Arctic Report Card 2014], www. arctic. noaa. gov/reportcard.

Rapid Arctic Transitions Related to Infrastructure and Climate Change (RATIC) Workshop at Arctic Change 2014. Ottawa, ON December 8-12. Arctic Change 2014

ArcticBiomass Workshop, Fairbanks, AK September 2-3, 2014: 21 participants from USA, Norway, Finland, UK and EU-Joint Research Cetner in Italy.

2015 Arctic Transects Calendar: Photos from North America and Eruasia Arctic Transects [Low Res (6.3 MB) | High Res (156 MB)]

2015 Alaska Geobotany Center Calendar


Funded by NASA Grant No. NNG6GE00A and NNX09AK56G. More information at IAB Research Project Overview.