95th ESA Annual Meeting (August 1 -- 6, 2010)

OOS 18 - Citizen Science to Remote Sensing: Emerging Programs and Methods for Establishing Broad-Scale Phenological Monitoring

Tuesday, August 3, 2010: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
306-307, David L Lawrence Convention Center
Brian R. Mitchell
Ellen G. Denny , Fred Dieffenbach and Geraldine Tierney
Brian R. Mitchell
Our ability to preserve and protect the nation’s premier natural areas for present and future generations is increasingly endangered by a variety of threats, including global climate change. This session brings together several speakers from the federal government, academia, and non-profit organizations who are developing and implementing methods for monitoring climate change through plant and animal phenology and remote sensing. The first speakers will describe some of the longest running citizen science phenology programs in the United States, and will discuss what the data are showing about phenology, as well as the unique difficulties and opportunities of citizen-based monitoring. The next two speakers will introduce attendees to two of the major ground-based methods for monitoring phenology: observational and photographic data. They will each present current results from their active research programs, and discuss the challenges that must be met to scale their research to a regional or national level. The following speakers will describe the progress being made to integrate phenology data collected using multiple methods and at different spatial scales; the first of these speakers will also talk about the use of acoustic recorders for monitoring phenology. Integration ranges from using the data from one method as a quality check on a different method, to enhancing our understanding about how phenology varies at different spatial scales, to incorporating multiple data streams (e.g., weather data) in order to better explain phenological patterns and trends. The final presentation focuses on the landscape level, and will introduce attendees to the methods and results of phenology models based on remotely sensed data, and demonstrate how the models are being integrated into tools to support natural resource management and climate change adaptation. This session presents a cross-section of the science behind monitoring phenology. It will be of broad interest to ESA members seeking to understand the latest methods for measuring and tracking phenology, as well as those interested in how ecological data can be used effectively by resource managers.
1:30 PM
Continental-scale Phenology: Legacy of the USA Lilac Networks
Mark D. Schwartz, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
1:50 PM
Mountain Watch: Trailside monitoring of reproductive phenology by citizens and trained staff
Douglas M. Weihrauch, Appalachian Mountain Club; Georgia LD. Murray, Appalachian Mountain Club; Caitlin N. McDonough, University of Vermont; Kenneth D. Kimball, Appalachian Mountain Club
2:30 PM
Regional-to-continental scale monitoring of phenology using remote sensing with a network of digital cameras: Progress and results from PhenoCam
Mark Friedl, Boston University; Andrew D. Richardson, Harvard University; Koen Hufkens, Harvard University; Bobby Braswell, Atmospheric Environmental Research; Mirco Migliavacca, University of Milan; Thomas Milliman, University of New Hampshire; Steve Frolking, University of New Hampshire
3:10 PM
3:20 PM
Measuring phenological responses to climate and global change across methods, scales, and gradients: The Terrestrial Wetland Global Change Research Network
Walt Sadinski, United States Geological Survey; Alisa Gallant, United States Geological Survey; Bruce Pauli, Environment Canada; Dean Thompson, Canadian Forest Service; Jeff Houlahan, University of New Brunswick; Mark Roth, United States Geological Survey; David Mushet, United States Geological Survey; Brian Brisco, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing; Shannon Kaya, Natural Resources Canada; Stuart Gage, Michigan State University; Perry M. Jones, U.S. Geological Survey; Douglas P. Tate, Parks Canada; Erin Muths, USGS Fort Collins Science Center; Derek Petersen, Parks Canada; John M. Morton, US Fish and Wildlife Service; David Tessler, Alaska Department of Fish and Game; Robert Brodman, St. Joseph's College; Eric Nelson, United States Fish and Wildlife Service; Donald Rosenberry, U.S. Geological Survey
4:00 PM
Using advanced satellite products to better understand inventory and monitoring data within the context of the larger ecoregion
Jeffrey T. Morisette, U.S. Geological Survey; Kevin James, National Park Service; Robert G. Waltermire, United States Geological Survey
4:20 PM
The Reef Life Survey program: Remote sensing of the global inshore marine environment using citizen science
Graham Edgar, University of Tasmania; Rick Stuart-Smith, University of Tasmania; Neville Barrett, University of Tasmania
4:40 PM
Remote sensing of vegetation structure using computer vision
Jonathan P. Dandois, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Erle C. Ellis, University of Maryland Baltimore County
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