USDA Black Carbon Initiative: a Portfolio of Proposed Activities
Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
2011 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Interactions with Russian agricultural scientific exchange scholars will be used to gather information from agronomic experts in the wheat producing regions of Russia as a means to identify opportunities for use of cultural practices that reduce the need for fires. Remote sensing approaches will be used to identity wheat producing fields in the region and detection of burn areas will be used to estimate extent of agricultural burning.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
ARS will use MODIS and AWFiS imagery to identify wheat producing fields in the region based on phenology. The resulting classification along with detection of burn areas will be used to estimate the percentage of field subject to burning. A visiting scientist or post doctoral fellow will conduct this research.
Efforts have been initiated to coordinate research between ARS and FS with focus on black carbon emissions from agricultural burning in Russia and the potential impacts on warming in the Arctic region. A post doctoral position has been established to conduct studies and a field visit to the study area in southern Russia. Work is progressing with collection of remotely sensed data. Progress on this project has been monitored through a series of conference calls, project meetings as well as email communication.