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NASA's Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar mission: Science, applications, and future directions

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Breakout 1
Thursday, September 12, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Plenary - Bay Trust Forum

Speaker

Dr John Armston
Associate Research Professor
University Of Maryland

Quantifying wildfire driven changes in canopy structure and biomass from GEDI

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Abstract

Biography

John Armston is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences. Prior to joining the Department of Geographical Sciences, John was a Senior Scientist with the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science in Australia. His interests span a wide range of pure and applied research in the remote sensing of canopy structure and aboveground biomass from in situ, airborne and spaceborne measurements. Current activities are focussed on the NASA Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) and new approaches to integrating synthetic aperture radar and spaceborne lidar observations for quantifying aboveground carbon stocks and structural change in forest and woodland ecosystems.
Dr Clement Bourgoin
Project Officer
Joint Research Centre

Quantifying the Magnitude and Persistence of Human Degradation of Global Tropical moist Forests using Landsat and GEDI data

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Abstract

Biography

Clement Bourgoin is working at the Joint Research Centre, the scientific branch of the European Commission. He works in the forests and bioeconomy unit promoting sustainable management of forests and providing scientific and technological contributions to policies for climate change mitigation and adaptation and for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. He has a background in geography and remote sensing and specifically focuses on the mapping and monitoring of global forests and related drivers.
Ms Monique Greco
Research Officer
UQ / DESI

Exploring Queensland's Woody Landscape: Structural Insights from GEDI LiDAR

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Abstract

Biography

Monique graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Queensland in 2022 majoring in Applied Mathematics and Geographical Science. Throughout her undergraduate years, Monique demonstrated a keen interest in remote sensing and data analysis. During this time, Monique worked within Department of Environment, Science and Innovation's (DESI) Statewide Land and Tree's Study (SLATS) program monitoring woody vegetation clearing and regrowth across Queensland. Since graduating, Monique has continued working in applied research within the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program between The University of Queensland and DESI, with a focus on GEDI LiDAR and it's applications within the SLATS program.
Prof David Coomes
Director of Conservation Research Institute, Director of Centre of Earth Observation
University of Cambridge

Repeat GEDI footprints enable the measurement of moderate-scale tropical forest disturbance

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Abstract

Biography

David Coomes is Director of the Conservation Research Institute and Director of the Centre for Earth Observation at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include applications of lidar technologies to monitor carbon storage. He is co-supervisor of PhD student Amelia Holcomb, whose work is presented today, alongside Professor Srinivasan Keshav from the Department of Computer Science and Technology
Tiago De Conto
PhD Candidate
University of Maryland

Uncovering the canopy attributes shaping the 3D structural complexity of forests globally with GEDI

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Abstract

Biography

PhD candidate in Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. Bachelor in Forest Engineerig and MSc in Sustainable Forest Management. Experienced in data analysis, big data, remote sensing and software development applied to forest monitoring. Expertise in remote sensing applied to forest monitoring, with emphasis in all kinds of lidar remote sensing. Interested in developing methods and software tools to aid in forest related research, as well as applied research for mapping and exploring ecological traits at multiple scales using remote sensing.
Prof Scott Goetz
Professor
Northern Arizona University

Applications of GEDI Lidar canopy structure metrics for biodiversity and conservation

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

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Biography

Scott Goetz, Regents Professor at Northern Arizona University, has conducted satellite remote sensing research over the past 30+ years and served for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, UN programs on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, the US Global Change Research Program, the US National Academy of Sciences, and interagency programs on carbon cycle science, climate change and terrestrial ecology. He has authored 250+ publications cited 45,000+ times and is an ISI/Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in the Cross-Field (interdisciplinary) and Environmental Science categories. He is Science Lead of NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment and Deputy principal investigator of NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation. He has mentored dozens of early career scientists and graduate students, is a Fulbright Research Scholar (France), a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Editor in Chief of Environmental Research Ecology and executive board member of Environmental Research Letters.
Dr John Armston
Associate Research Professor
University Of Maryland

Chairperson

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