TM-004: Summary Report: Spatial and Temporal Scaling in Continental-Scale Ecology Workshop, 11-12 June 2012, Boulder, CO USA
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) sponsored a Workshop on Spatial and Temporal Scaling in Ecology that took place in Boulder, CO on June 11-12, 2012. The workshop addressed the influence of scale on the interpretation of ecological variation, particularly in the context of continental-scale terrestrial ecology. The workshop took place at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, Colorado. Approximately 50 researchers participated. Invited oral presentations will inform participants of current and emerging developments in addressing spatial and temporal scaling issues in ecological sciences. Topical breakout sessions were also held to address critical questions in scaling from ground-based field measurements to airborne and satellite remote sensing. The goal was to obtain inputs from the research community to provide guidance in developing the NEON scaling strategy across its measurement inventory. The workshop focused on three primary questions that extended over a range of scales: combining airborne and satellite remote sensing data to initialize, constrain, and test vegetation and biogeochemical models; how to facilitate better ground-based field sampling strategies and their integration with instrumental measurements using high-resolution airborne data; and, how to characterize source area topographic and vegetation heterogeneity with airborne data as an aid to explain observed variability from flux towers, and these issues were addressed in topical breakout sessions.