Tuesday, 2 September
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Welcome to University of Alaska - Fairbanks (Martha Raynolds and Skip Walker)
10:10 AM – 10:30 AM Hans Tømmervik, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA): Presentation of the ArcticBiomass project Land- and vegetation change - Chair: Scott Goetz
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM Timo Kumpula, M. Verdonen, Marc Macias-Fauria, and Bruce Forbes: Multiscale and multispectral detection and analysis of recent landcover changes in Central Yamal peninsula Russia. Coffee
10:50 AM – 11:10 AM Climate and productivity - Chair: Scott Goetz
11:10 AM – 11:30 AM. Colin Tucker: Projecting changes in snow, vegetation and soil processes in Arctic Alaska in response to a changing climate.
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM Pieter Beck: Pan-Arctic climate controls on shrub growth and tundra productivity.
11:50 AM – 0:10 PM Marc Macias-Fauria, Timo Kumpula and Bruce Forbes: Pan-Arctic quantification of the influence of sea ice on tundra productivity during the last 30 years: possible mechanisms and future prospects.
0:30 PM – 1:00 PM Questions and comments. Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Productivity and phenology - Chair: Bruce Forbes
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM Taejin Park, Jorge E. Pinzon, Compton J. Tucker, and Ranga B. Myneni: Comparative analysis of vegetation index data from AVHRR and MODIS over the boreal-Arctic regions
2:20 PM – 2:40 PM Stein Rune Karlsen: MODIS and Landsat 8 based mapping of the growing season on Svalbard in relation to climate and plant production.
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM Jarle W. Bjerke, Hans Tømmervik, Stein Rune Karlsen, Kjell Arild Høgda and Jane U. Jepsen: The effects of climate change-induced plant stress on primary productivity in the Nordic Arctic Region. 6
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Hans Tømmervik, Olav Strand, Per Fauchald, Bernt Johansen, Jarle W. Bjerke, Taejin Park, Ranga B. Myneni and Stein Rune Karlsen: Field- and satellite-based monitoring of trends in biomass of reindeer lichen heaths in Finnmarksvidda, Hardangervidda and North-America.
3:20 PM – 3:40 PM Martha Raynolds: The strong relationship of arctic transect biomass to circumpolar NDVI, despite the many issues in sampling biomass.
3:40 PM - 4:00 PMCoffee
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Scott Goetz: Arctic vegetation productivity patterns & trends: How well do satellite data sets agree?
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Hans Tømmervik: Preparation of a review paper concerning efficient biomass estimation and monitoring in the Arctic. The background is to produce a paper on improved mapping of biomass in the Arctic combining in-situ and remote sensing data. All are invited to contribute to this paper as co-authors.
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Brief discussion.
7:00 PM. Dinner (all participants are invited)
Wednesday 3 September
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Workshop: Field sampling methods and use of UAS - Chair Rune Storvold
9:00 AM – 9:40 AM Donald (Skip) Walker: : The North America and Eurasia Arctic Transects: Overview of plot-sample methods (species-cover, environmental, soil, biomass & spectral data).
9:40 AM – 10:00 AM Marcel Buchorn: : Methods and standards for field spectrometry in the Arctic.
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Rune Storvold: Use of UAS in vegetation monitoring
10:20 AM- 10:40 AM Field sampling methods – spatial scales - monitoring - Chair: Martha Raynolds
10:40 AM – 11:10 AM Howard Epstein: NDVI, LAI, and biomass relationships across spatial scales in arctic tundra.
11:10 AM – 11:40 AM Eugene Euskirchen: Measurements and modelling of leaf phenology, plant community composition, and carbon fluxes in Arctic Alaska.
11:40 AM – 00.10 PM Bruce Forbes: Ongoing reindeer herbivory and shrub growth research in northern Fennoscandia and Yamal, West Siberia
0:10 PM – 0:40 PM Bernt Johansen, Hans Tømmervik, Jarle Bjerke and Stein Rune Karlsen: Vegetation and ecosystem transformation due to reindeer grazing on Finnmarksvidda, Northern Norway.
0:40 PM – 1:00 PM Discussions on future work and wrapping up the workshop.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Discussions on a special issue in ERL or another journal