Final Workshop

ArcticBiomass Final Workshop, 20-23 October 2015 Longyearbyen


Background: ArcticBiomass is a Norway-USA network project funded by the Research Council of Norway. The objectives of this project are to:

  • Establish a joint American-Norwegian research team dealing with research on the combination of field and satellite remote sensing based above-ground plant biomass,vegetation productivity and growing season mapping in northern Alaska and in Svalbard, as well as on a circumpolar scale.
  • Compile existing plant biomass and productivity data from the North Slope of Alaska and from Svalbard, and to evaluate existing remote sensing data and remote sensing based biomass products throughout the Arctic.

Workshop themes: phenology, climate and productivity, biomass estimation and monitoring from plot scale to satellite.

Workshop Presentations

Wednesday 21 October - Raddisson Blue Polar Hotel

Welcome and presentation of the ArcticBiomass project Hans Tømmervik

Greening of the Earth – Chair: Dr. Scott Goetz

Professor Ranga Myneni, Boston University - The Greening Earth

Vegetation mapping and biomass change – Chair: Dr. Scott Goetz

Dr. Lennart Nilsen, UiT - Delineation and characterizing of bioclimatic zones on Svalbard

Dr. Rune Storvold, Norut - Vegetation mapping and monitoring using UAS-systems

Dr. Timo Kumpula, University of Eastern Finland and Professor Bruce Forbes, University of Lapland - Arctic tundra land cover and biomass change on the Central Yamal peninsula

Vegetation mapping and biomass change – Chair: Dr. Kjell-Arild Høgda

Dr. Hans Tømmervik, NINA - Forest and tundra biomass change in the low and sub-Arctic zone of the northern Fennoscandia during the last century (1914-2012)

Dr. Sangram Ganguly, NASA: Biomass estimation using remote sensing

Climate change effects and ecosystem productivity – Chair: Professor Ranga Myneni

Assoiate Professor Eugenie Euskirchen, University of Alaska-Fairbanks - Long-term changes in carbon fluxes and pools in arctic tundra ecosystems in northern Alaska

Professor Howard Epstein, Virginia University - The circumpolar heterogeneity of arctic tundra vegetation responses to recent temperature dynamics

Disturbances and vulnerability – Chair: Professor Ranga Myneni

Dr. Scott Goetz, Woods Hole Research Centre - An update on the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment

Dr. Jarle Bjerke, NINA - Increasing climatic and biotic disturbance severity – can we influence the direction of Arctic vegetation change, and if so, which direction should we promote?

Discussion – Chair: Professor Ranga Myneni

Thursday 22 October - Raddisson Blue Polar Hotel

Climate change effects and ecosystem productivity – Chair: Dr. Jarle Bjerke

Dr. Gregory Taff, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research - Using remote sensing to study climate change effects on cultivated grasslands: newly funded research.

Phenology and productivity – Chair: Dr. Jarle Bjerke

Dr. S.R. Karlsen, Norut - Growing season and primary production mapped by MODIS and Landsat 8 data on Svalbard

PhD student Taejin Park, Boston University - Contribution of Phenological and physiological Variations on Northern Vegetation Productivity Changes over the last three decades

Cryosphere – snow – vegetation Chair: Dr. Rune Storvold

Associate Professor Marc Macias Fauria, Oxford University - Sea ice dynamics and terrestrial productivity in Svalbard

Professor Elisabeth Cooper - About SnoEco: Snow cover effects on High Arctic plants and soils-a study at the plot and landscape scale

Phenology – Chair: Professor Howard Epstein

Kjell-Arild Høgda, Norut - A NOAA AVHHR growing season max NDVI time series 1986-2014 for Svalbard

Monitoring of vegetation – Chair: Professor Howard Epstein

Dr. Virve Ravolainen, Norwegian Polar Institute - Arctic vegetation as a component of ecosystem-based monitoring

Professor Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir, UNIS-Svalbard – About ITEX

Monitoring of vegetation – Chair: Dr. Scott Goetz

Dr. Hans Tømmervik, NINA - Two studies using GIMMS3g data in preparation: 1. Catchment vegetation development and reduced S-deposition promote lake organic carbon load on decadal time scales, and 2. Large-scale interactions between migratory tundra caribou, hunting and vegetation in arctic North America

Scaling of data – Chair: Dr. Scott Goetz

Dr. Pieter Beck, EU- JRC, Italy - From observations of tundra shrub expansion to Arctic greening seen by satellites: how wide is the scale gap?

Professor D.A. Walker, University of Alaska-Fairbanks - A hierarchic review of circumpolar Arctic vegetation patterns, productivity, and biodiversity with a focus on the linkage between remote-sensing and plot-based studies (on skype from Alaska)

Biomass and disturbances – Chair: Dr. Scott Goetz

Dr. Martha Raynolds, University of Alaska-Fairbanks – Landsat analysis of vegetation change on the Alaska North Slope, using NDVI and tasseled-cap indices (on skype from Alaska)

Final discussion – Chair: Dr. Scott Goetz and Dr. Hans Tømmervik

Final workshop

ArcticBiomass Final Workshop

Date: 20-23 October 2015

Location: Longyearbyen

Les også:

Svalbard blir grønnere. Svalbardposten nr. 43 - 30. oktober 2015