Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Vegetation Mapping

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Date published: February 3, 2020
Status: Active

2020 Systemic Land Cover/Land Use Aerial Imagery Acquisition, Image Interpretation, and Spatial Data Products for the Upper Mississippi River System

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) program, through its Long Term Resource Monitoring (UMRR-LTRM) element, will once again collect systemic imagery of the entire Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) in the summer of 2020. Development of the 2020 Land Cover/Land Use (LCU) database will provide a fourth systemic dataset to compare to the 1989,...

Date published: January 22, 2020
Status: Active

Forest Canopy Gap Dynamics: Quantifying Forest Gaps and Understanding Gap-level Forest Regeneration

Floodplain forest is a major and critical component of the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS). The current and future condition of floodplain forest on the UMRS is receiving increased attention from managers as the forest appears to be declining and not regenerating. A primary concern is invasive reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea), Dutch elm disease (Ophiostoma ulmi...

Date published: January 10, 2020
Status: Active

Consequences of forest connectivity from beech bark disease in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

In this study, we are working with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PIRO, or Park) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Figure 1) to produce multiple geospatial layers of Park forest connectivity to reveal the effects of beech bark disease (BBD). There has been a 92% mortality rate of American beech (Fagus grandifolia) since BBD was first discovered in the Park in 2001. Park...

Date published: July 5, 2017
Status: Active

Vegetation Mapping at National Parks

Impact of UMESC Science

To provide a research tool enabling the National Park Service to better manage their resources for the betterment of the American public. Data sets developed by this program provide a structure for framing and answering critical scientific, planning, and management questions about vegetation communities and park natural resources and their relation to...