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September 24, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Downstairs Program Room
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
USGS Scientist Kristin Byrd
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California's Changing Ecosystems: As observed from space

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

How can satellite technology help us understand changes to our ecosystem--and allow us to predict future changes? A USGS scientist will explain.

Learn the story of California's changing ecosystems--as observed from space--from USGS Research Physical Scientist Kristin Byrd, Ph.D.
  • How can we use images from space to help us understand changes to our coasts, range lands, forests, and wildlife habitats?
  • How can they help to predict future changes? 
  • What more can we learn from advances in earth observing technologies? 
About Kristin Byrd, Ph.D.
Kristin Byrd is a Research Physical Scientist at the USGS Western Geographic Science Center in Menlo Park. She earned her PH.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Dr Byrd writes:
"In my research I study landscape scale patterns of wetland vegetation properties to assess habitat quality dynamics and carbon stocks, and to forecast wetland resilience to climate change. I also apply integrated scenarios of land use, climate and hydrological change to assess potential impacts to ecosystem services in California rangelands, and to identify opportunities for rangeland conservation, increased carbon sequestration and drought resilience. These projects involve a combination of remote sensing, field methods, geospatial analysis, and modeling.  All projects include an outreach component to land managers and land owners; partners include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserves, Solano Land Trust, the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Resource Conservation Districts, and The Nature Conservancy."