Working Group

Terrestrial Plant Productivity TWG

The Terrestrial Plant Productivity Technical Working Group advises which methods, protocols, and equipment are employed to create robust ground-based estimates of live and dead woody biomass, woody and herbaceous productivity, coarse downed wood volume and density, fine and coarse litterfall, belowground plant biomass, and leaf area index across a suite of different vegetation types. The TWG also considers optimal spatial and temporal integration of ground-based measurements with remote-sensing hyperspectral and LiDAR datasets (i.e., the NEON AOP system), and with data streams generated by the NEON Terrestrial Instrument System. Finally, the TWG is also deeply invested in determining how NEON Plant Biomass and Productivity data products can be optimized to enhance usability and value for the NEON end-user community.

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Current Members

Name Affiliation Role
Courtney Meier National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Lead
Christopher Gough Virginia Commonwealth University Chair
Alan Knapp Colorado State University Member
Asko Noormets Texas A&M University Member
Dafeng Hui Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Member
Jim Lutz Utah State University Member
Luke Nave Michigan Technological University Member
Shawn Rose National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Member
Tim Fahey Cornell University Member
Lu Zhai Oklahoma State University Member
Adrian Rocha University of Notre Dame Member
Stephen Hart University of California Merced Member