Kristi Sayler

Biography

Kristi Sayler is a physical scientist with the US Geological Survey at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD. She has worked on numerous projects involving mapping land cover and land use change using remotely sensed data. She was one of the original team members on the Land Cover Trends project, helping both with project design and land cover mapping activities. In 2010, this project completed one of the first ever assessments of 1973-2000 land-cover change for the conterminous U.S. Recently, she has helped with the development of a scenario-based land-cover projection model called Forecasting Scenarios of Land-use Change (FORE-SCE). The model has been successfully used for applications examining the impacts of projected land cover change on carbon dynamics, climate, and regional hydrology.