IGN 14-9 - Moving towards a Global Biodiversity Observatory

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
C124, Oregon Convention Center
Ryan P. Pavlick1, David S. Schimel2, Frank W. Davis3, Gregory P. Asner4, Genevieve Burgess5, Kyle C. Cavanaugh6, Jeannine Cavender-Bares7, Stuart J. Davies8, Ralph Dubayah9, Liane Guild10, Daniel Jensen11, Walter Jetz12, Paul Moorcroft13, Helene C Muller-Landau14, Philip A. Townsend15 and Zhihui Wang5, (1)Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, (2)Climate Sciences, Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, (3)Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, (4)Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, CA, (5)University of Wisconsin - Madison, (6)Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, (7)Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, (8)Center for Tropical Forest Science, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Washington, DC, (9)Department of Geography, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, (10)NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, (11)University of California, Los Angeles, (12)Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, (13)Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, (14)Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama, Panama, (15)Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Predicting how ecosystems and the services they provide will respond to accelerating environmental change requires more comprehensive and consistent information about plant functional diversity, the variation in the chemical composition, structure, and metabolic function of photosynthesizing organisms. Here we present a draft plan for a notional NASA field campaign using airborne imaging spectroscopy and lidar combined with in-situ data sources to investigate the the geographic patterns of plant functional diversity, their causes, and their consequences for other dimensions of biodiversity and Earth system functioning.