Climate Change: Ecosystem Dynamics along the Appalachian Trail

Authored by: Yeqiao Wang

Atmosphere and Climate

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138339675
eBook ISBN: 9780429440984
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The gradients of the Appalachian Mountains in elevations and latitudes provide a unique regional perspective of landscape variations in the eastern United States. This chapter reveals patterns and trends of landscape dynamics, land surface phenology, and ecosystem production along the Appalachian Trail corridor area using time-series remote sensing-derived datasets, and using the Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS) and other modeling results. The outcome of this case study provides information about the impacts of climate change from the view along the ridges of Appalachian Mountains. The data and scientific conclusions were adopted and imbedded into an Internet-based decision support system (DSS) for monitoring, reporting, and forecasting ecological conditions along the Appalachian Trail corridor area.

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