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Monitoring Ecosystems from Space: the Global Fiducials Program

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Abstract:Images from satellites provide valuable insights to changes in land-cover and ecosystems. Long- term monitoring of ecosystem change using historical satellite imagery can provide quantitative measures of ecological processes and allows for estimation of future ecosystem condition. Global change research questions may be answered by identifying, monitoring, and analyzing a collection of specific ecosystems, or fiducials. A fiducial site is defined here as a geographic location to be used as an "environmental benchmark" or an environmentally-significant site for the long-term monitoring of processes, both natural and anthropogenic, associated with the causes or effects of environmental change. There is no specific criteria for what constitutes a fiducial site, but, the sites ideally support an environmental process that needs to be monitored over time so that scientists can better understand the changes that are occurring. Some sites are linked to other ongoing long-term ground based ecological research programs. The Global Fiducials Program is preparing an archive, or library, of satellite images to support current and future scientists and policy-makers. For the next 25 years, satellites will collect periodic images
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Citation:Williams, D. J., and L. Friedl. Monitoring Ecosystems from Space: the Global Fiducials Program. Presented at Science Forum 2003, Washington, DC, May 5-7, 2003.
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Landscape Ecology Branch
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Product Type: Abstrct/Oral
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Presented: 05/05/2003
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Bullet Item Remote Sensing Technologies Applications Research
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