Snowmelt Phenology Workshop

Snowmelt Phenology Workshop

Historical snowmelt phenology maps may be useful for interpreting a variety of existing fish and wildlife datasets. Matt Macander (ABR) analyzed thousands of Landsat images to map average snow persistence date at 30 m resolution for the range of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd in northwestern Alaska. He has also worked with the Geographic Information Network of Alaska's statewide MODIS Snow Metrics Dataset (http://www.gina.alaska.edu/projects/modis-derived-snow-metrics) of annual data at coarser (500 m) resolution.  He will be developing additional maps for other regions in the future. Matt will train GIS and biological staff to use the historic snowmelt phenology map series developed for northwestern Alaska. Workshop attendees learned how to work with and interpret maps and may have the opportunity to shape the development of a northeastern snowmelt mapping series. 2014-2015

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