Forest Ecosystems

Welcome to the NASA GSFC Forest Ecosystems Website

This site describes all research related to mapping, modeling and monitoring forest ecosystem processes and patterns in response to natural and anthropogenic effects.

The project uses coupled ecosystem models and remote sensing models and measurements to predict and observe ecosystem change. The overall objective of the FED project is to link and use models of forest dynamics, soil processes, and canopy energetics to understand how ecosystem response to change affects patterns and processes in northern and boreal forests and to assess the implications for global change.The Forest Ecosystem Dynamics World-Wide-Web server has been online since July 1994. The FED server was created for the dissemination of project information, to archive numerous spatial and scientific data sets, and demonstrate the linking of ecosystem and remote sensing models.