NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program (LCLUC)

NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program (LCLUC) LCLUC is an interdisciplinary science program in the Earth Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate. The LCLUC Program was designed to be a cross cutting theme within NASA’s Earth Science.

Aspects of Land-Cover and Land-Use Change research can be found throughout the Earth Science Programs, with an emphasis reflecting the program element under which they are funded e.g. hydrology, ecology or biogeochemistry. LCLUC research can also be found in the NASA Earth interdisciplinary science (IDS), and in various data initiatives. A number of the NASA Graduate Fellowships and New Investigators are provided each year to support LCLUC and related research. A major challenge for the program management is to pull together the various LCLUC activities in a way that minimizes duplication, strengthens the science and exposes the science community to the research findings that are generated in different parts of the program. The LCLUC Program has a special place in NASA Earth Science in developing interdisciplinary approaches combining aspects of physical and social science, with a high level of societal relevance. The LCLUC Program has always had close program links to the NASA Satellite Instrument Teams pertinent to land-cover and land-use characterization and in particular with the Landsat Program, which is being jointly implemented with the USGS. At the interagency level and as part of USGCRP, LCLUC is its own program element with linkages to the US Carbon and Water initiatives. LCLUC is already addressing questions being raised by the new initiative on Climate Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation. Partnerships have been developed with other agencies, such as USAID and scientists from the USFS, NOAA and USGS are often funded by the LCLUC program. The program management is interested in strengthening interagency collaboration to further our understanding of land-cover and land-use change and its interaction with climate and environment. At the international level the LCLUC program is aligned with the goals of the IGBP/IHDP Global Land Project (GLP) and a number of participants in that programs are funded through LCLUC. The LCLUC program is a major supporter of the Global Observation of Forest Cover-Global Observation of Land Dynamics (GOFC- GOLD) program which is part of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS). LCLUC has been instrumental in the development of regional science network programs in the framework of GOFC-GOLD, NEESPI and MAIRS. The LCLUC program also has strong connections to CEOS through its Working Group on Calibration and Validation, specifically Land Product Validation subgroup, and to the Land Surface Imaging Constellation.

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𝐺𝑙𝑜𝑏𝑎𝑙 𝐸𝑓𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑃𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑎 𝑇𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑇𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑠 𝐶𝑎𝑛’𝑡 𝑊𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑈𝑛𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝐴𝑑𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑅𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑊ℎ𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑇𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑠 𝑊𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝐶𝑢𝑡 𝐷𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐹𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑃𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒

𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞Comprehensively reviews dramatic land-use change across greater Central Asia triggered by an abrupt change i...

𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞
Comprehensively reviews dramatic land-use change across greater Central Asia triggered by an abrupt change in economies of the region and land management. Covers environmental consequences of the collapse of socialist governance

𝐈𝐧 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐦 : 𝐓𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐨𝐬, 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐋𝐂𝐋𝐔𝐂 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐫We are sorry to share the news that Tony Janetos passed away ...

𝐈𝐧 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐦 : 𝐓𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐨𝐬, 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐋𝐂𝐋𝐔𝐂 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐫
We are sorry to share the news that Tony Janetos passed away on August 6th. Tony was the force behind the creation of the Land Cover Land Use Change Program at NASA and was the first LCLUC Program Manager (1995-1998). He served as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the International GOFC-GOLD Program (2007- 2010) and then as Program Chair (2010-2019). He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the IGBP Global Land Project (2009-2012).

Tony received his Masters (1978) and PhD (1980) in Biology from Princeton. He held Post-Doc positions at the University of Utah and the Harvard School for Public Health. He worked in EPA on acid deposition and as Manager of the EPA/ORD Global Climate Change Research Program. He joined NASA in 1990 as Manager of the Terrestrial Ecology Program. He served as Chief of the NASA Ecology and Atmospheric Chemistry Branch and Chief of the Earth System Models and Ecological Processes Branch. In 1995 he became Program Manager for the NASA LCLUC Program. He also served as Program Scientist for Landsat and the Earth Observing System (EOS) AM-1 Platform, responsible for overseeing the development of scientific programs in support of their missions. In 1999 he became Senior Vice President and Chief of Program for the World Resources Institute and in 2002 the Senior Vice President and Chief of Program. From 2002-2006 he was a Senior Fellow and subsequently Vice President at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, responsible for overall management and administration of Heinz Center research activities. From 2006-2013 he served as Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland. In 2013 he took the position of Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and Professor of the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University. He was appointed Chair of the Department in July 2018.

Tony was a leader in the global change community. He served on numerous national and international program steering committees and advisory boards, including Chairing the NSF Environmental Research and Education Advisory Committee. He played a major role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scientific Assessments since 1992 and was lead author for the Special Report on Land-Use Change and Forestry (Methods Chapter). He contributed to the US Climate Change Science Program (US CCSP) and served as co-chair and coordinator of the National Assessment Synthesis Team, a body charged with providing intellectual leadership and oversight of the US National Assessments of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. He served as a Coordinating Lead Author in the Ecosystems Trends and Conditions component of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and contributed to the UNEP Global Biodiversity Assessment.

Above all Tony was a great colleague and mentor to many of us and we have much to thank him for. We will miss his scientific insight, his congeniality and positive outlook.

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐚𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐮 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐞 𝐁𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠.Agri...

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐚𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐮 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐞 𝐁𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠.
Agricultural residue burning is a serious problem facing Thailand and other South and Southeast-Asia Countries. Burning of rice and sugarcane residues is one of the major factors leading to dangerous air quality conditions in major cities of Thailand during dry months.With NASA LCLUC funding and as part of the South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI), UMD researchers in collaboration with local research partners from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang (KMITL) have been conducting an interdisciplinary research project to assess the trade-offs with residue burning and alternative management practices in rice and sugarcane on soil quality and socio-economic conditions.

UMD GLAD, SERVIR-Mekong, and Miami University field team conducted field research within two provinces in Southern Vietn...

UMD GLAD, SERVIR-Mekong, and Miami University field team conducted field research within two provinces in Southern Vietnam under NASA LCLUC funded project “Land-Cover/Land-Use Change in Southern Vietnam Through the Lenses of Conflict, Religion, and Politics, 1980s to Present” which is aimed to map the changes and model the future trajectory of LCLUC by incorporating a sociocultural framework in a spatial modeling environment for the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. Assistant Professor Jessica McCarty (Miami University) leads the project with GLAD team (Peter Potapov, Collaborator) supporting the project through multi-decadal Landsat-based land cover change mapping. Keelin Haynes is graduate student at Miami University working on geospatial modelling for the project. Team collected land cover, and vegetation composition and structure information for selected random samples.


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The Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program (LCLUC) Program was initiated as a cross-cutting scientific research theme within NASA’s Earth Science. It currently falls within NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Focus Research Area, although aspects of land cover and land use research can be found throughout the Earth Science Program, albeit with an emphasis on aspects of the program element under which they are funded e.g. hydrology, biodiversity, carbon cycle or biogeochemistry. LCLUC related research could also be found in the Earth Science interdisciplinary studies (IDS), the NASA Applications Program and in various program data initiatives such as the ESIPS, ACCESS and REASONS. In addition LCLUC research is undertaken in NASA Education Program, through its New Investigator Program (NIP) and graduate level, NASA Earth System Science Fellowships (NESSF). A major challenge for the LCLUC program management is to pull together the various land-cover and land-use research activities from the various programs and help the science community to be aware of the different projects and science results that are being generated in different parts of the program. To this end and since its inception, the program has held annual science team meetings both for scientists funded directly by LCLUC and those undertaking LCLUC research in other parts of the NASA Program to come together and share their findings.

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Happy New Year! We are happy to share recent updates from our Science Team Members and related research on Land Cover and Land Use Change. This edition includes a detailed programmatic update from our Program Manager Dr. Garik Gutman, fresh off the press publications from our team and related projects, published meeting reports, and detailed information on our upcoming meetings. You will find information about our upcoming Spring Science Team Meeting, 3rd joint EARSeL-NASA LCLUC in July in Chania, Greece and the South/Southeast Asia (SARI), International Regional Science Meeting that is set to take place in the Philippines. Be sure to check out our Tools and Training section that includes an invitation to test a newly developed Google Earth Engine Image Pre-processing tool. We are very proud to share that our Science Team Members Dr. Mathew Hansen, Dr. Volker Radeloff, Dr. David Roy, Dr. Eric Vermote, and Dr. Curtis Woodcock have been selected for the 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team. Congratulations to Dr. Darrel L. Williams, Chief Scientist for Global Science and Technology, for receiving the USGS-NASA Pecora Award that recognizes excellence in earth observation and to Dr. Randolph H. Wynne for receiving the Society of American Foresters award for his research in remote sensing applications. We invite you to join our mailing list for future updates and to receive information about our webinar series. Catherine Nakalembe [Program Assistant] and Chris Justice [Program Scientist], and Garik Gutman [Program Manager]
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