ROOM: Room 230 – Pecos
Monitoring wildlife habitat at large spatial scales in near-real time is a large challenge facing land managers. We will introduce user-friendly advanced remote sensing technology to monitor wildlife habitat at landscape scales. The Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT) and ForWarn are annually-updated set of spatial data products used to monitor broad patterns in vegetation change on the basis of data derived from MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) satellite imagery. LanDAT and ForWarn were developed through a joint partnership between the US Forest Service, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA. Both are designed to help natural resource conservation practitioners monitor and assess impacts on a variety of ecological services and to broadly assess landscape resilience, and it has also proven useful for assessing habitat quality. LanDAT and ForWarn use characteristics of vegetation phenology to detect multiple aspects of inter-annual change, and the resulting data products can be used in applications from basic mapping to more intensive spatial modeling with ancillary wildlife data. In this workshop, US Forest Service scientists will introduce the essential products and demonstrate how they may be used to map a variety of landscape properties and dynamics in any terrestrial habitat in the conterminous US. The introductory workshop is targeted broadly for natural resource managers, planners, spatial data analysts and habitat modelers—no GIS expertise is required.
Organizers: Lars Y. Pomara, Center US Forest Service, Asheville, NC; Bjorn Brooks, US Forest Service, Asheville, NC; Serra Hoagland, US Forest Service, Pablo, MT
Supported by: Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, Southern Research Station, USFS, Fire, Fuels, and Smoke Science Program, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USFS, TWS Forestry and Wildlife Working Group Officers and Liaisons