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Research Project: Data Partnership with PhenoCam Network to Process, Serve, and Archive LTAR Digital Camera Imagery and Derived Data Products

Location: Range Management Research

Project Number: 3050-21600-001-033-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 1, 2022
End Date: Sep 30, 2026

The goal of this cooperative agreement is to leverage resources to process and serve image data to enhance monitoring of productivity across diverse agro-ecosystems. The cooperator, Northern Arizona University, has developed methods to track the seasonal activity and productivity in diverse ecosystem types using tower-mounted digital cameras (as the PhenoCam Network). The digital image time series workflow is well-established in the literature (Richardson et al 2018, Seyednasrollah 2019). The PhenoCam Network is the “go-to” resource for near-surface near real-time imagery and data products. There is no comparable research group or entity that offer the well-curated and documented workflow and open-access data products for near-surface digital remote sensing.

In support of the above requirements, the PhenoCam Network at Northern Arizona University (NAU-PI) shall accomplish the following research and data activities: Ingest imagery into the PhenoCam network that is publicly displayed online in near-real time, process imagery to yield quantitative data on “vegetation greenness” on a nightly basis, and make imagery and data products publicly available for browsing or download through a simple user interface. These services are outlined on the PhenoCam project web page, i.e.