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June 30, July 7, & July 14, 2020

This training will focus on the use of remote sensing to understand phenology: the study of life-cycle events. Phenological patterns and processes can vary greatly across a range of spatial and temporal scales, and can provide insights about ecological processes like invasive species encroachment, drought, wildlife habitat, and wildfire potential. This training will highlight NASA-funded tools to observe and study phenology across a range of scales. Attendees will be exposed to the latest in phenological observatory networks and science, and how these observations relate to ecosystem services, the carbon cycle, biodiversity, and conservation.

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By the end of this training series, attendees will be able to:

  • Summarize NASA satellites and sensors that can be used for monitoring global phenology patterns
  • Outline the benefits and limitations of NASA data for phenology
  • Describe the multi-scalar approach to vegetation life cycle analyses
  • Compare and contrast data from multiple phenology networks
  • Evaluate various projects and case-study examples of phenological data

This training is designed for individuals and organizations interested in using satellite imagery for mapping vegetation health and seasonal patterns. Professional organizations in the public and private sectors engaged in environmental management and monitoring will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research.

Course Format
  • Three 1-hour sessions
Part 1: Overview of Phenology and Remote Sensing
11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm
EDT (UTC-4:00)

  • Introduction to NASA data and Phenology
  • Land Surface Phenology from MODIS and VIIRS


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Part 2: Scales of Phenology
11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm
EDT (UTC-4:00)

  • Resolving challenges associated with variability in space, time, and resolution for phenology research and applications
  • USA-National Phenology Network (NPN) and The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) 
  • Phenocam: Near-surface phenology
  • Conservation Science Partners


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Part 3: Utility and Advantage of Multi-Scale Analysis
11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm
EDT (UTC-4:00)

  • Field based phenology and gridded products
  • Case-study examples:
    • Integration of PhenoCam near-surface remote sensing and satellite phenological data
    • Greenwave modeling
    • Urbanization and plant phenology


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