The utilization of remote sensing and modeling: savannas from a distance [book review]

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sally E. Koerner, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: With the ongoing uncertainty of climate change, there is a need to better understand long-term vegetation dynamics. The greater availability of spatial data from remote sensing presents a perfect opportunity to improve spatial process-based models which will provide the information needed to assist stake holders in making land management decisions in the face of global change. Savanna systems cover approximately 40% of Earth’s terrestrial land surface, and how they respond to climate changes will have a large effect on global carbon, nitrogen, and energy fluxes. Ecosystem Function in Savannas: Measurement and Modeling at Landscape to Global Scales serves as key reference work on the remote sensing data currently available, how it’s being used presently, and how it could be used to further improve spatial process-based models in the future. Savannas are complex ecosystems which exhibit enormous spatiotemporal variability in woody and herbaceous biomass, structure, and plant functional forms, and this complexity and heterogeneity has made studying them difficult. This book addresses many of discontinuities in the treatment of savannas by the scientific community as well as meticulously documents a range of measurements, methods, technologies, applications, and modeling approaches and how these different techniques might be unified.

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Landscape Ecology, 26(8), 1199-1200. doi:
Language: English
Date: 2011
book review, climate change, savannas

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