Submitted to: International Soil Conservation Organization Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: May 1, 2006
Publication Date: May 15, 2006
Citation: Ritchie, J.C., Schmugge, T.J., Rango, A., Schiebe, F.R. 2006. Jornada Experimental Range and Sevilleta LTER: Unique arid rangelands to study changing vegetation cover using remote sensing systems. In: Proceedings of the 14th International Soil Conservation in Semi-Arid Environments, May 14-19, 2006, Marrakech, Morocco. 2006 CDROM.
The Jornada Experimental Range (Jornada) in southern New Mexico USA and the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research site (Sevilleta) in Central New Mexico provide unique opportunities to study changing vegetation patterns using remote sensing techniques. A research program began in 1995 to collect remotely sensed data from ground, aircraft, and satellite platforms to provide spatial and temporal data on the physical, vegetative, thermal, and radiometric properties of the ecosystems (grass, grass/shrub transition, and shrub) typical of arid rangeland of southwestern United States deserts. Data from these different platforms allow the evaluation of physical and vegetation change at different scales. These measurements are being used to quantify heat and hydrologic budgets and plant responses to change in components in the water and energy balance at the Jornada and Sevilleta.