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Research Project: New Remote Sensing Techniques for Ecosystem Water and Carbon Flux Estimation - Phase 2

Location: Southwest Watershed Research Center

Project Number: 2022-13610-013-023-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2023
End Date: Jun 30, 2025

Combine surface temperature data from drones, tower, and satellite mounted cameras, eddy covariance fluxes, and sap flow data to better understand dryland ecosystem functioning.

Collect thermal imagery at eddy covariance sites in southern Arizona using thermal cameras installed on flux towers. Collect RGB imagery using PiCams, eddy fluxes and sap flow measurements (where available). Develop relationships between canopy to air temperature differences and water/carbon fluxes. Relate proximate thermal data to that obtained by satellites like the Ecostress mission.