Earth  ID: 3329

Photos of Tamarisk Seasonal Changes at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

The Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) is a partnership between NASA and The US Geological Survey (USGS). The ISFS combines NASA Earth observations and statistical models to enhance USGS capabilities to map, monitor, and predict the spread of significant invasive plant species. These photos show the seasonal change of one daunting invasive species, the Tamarisk tree, at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. It's important to note the slight differences in the Tamarisk growing season when compared to some of the plant life in the foreground and the trees in the background. These slight seasonal differences allow the science team to distinguish Tamarisk from other vegetation through satellite sensors. In these photos, the Tamarisk is the pink flowering foliage to the center right of the images.

For More Information

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2005/invasive_species.html

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2006/feb/HQ_06063_Invasive_species.html

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/environment/invasive_species.html


Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Jeffrey Morisette (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Jeff Pedelty (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Dates of Data Used:
6/14/2004, 9/15/2004, 10/12/2004, 11/19/2004, 1/21/2005, 4/13/2005

This item is part of this series:
Invasive Species Forecasting System

Keywords:
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Biosphere >> Ecological Dynamics >> Invasive Species
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Land Use/Land Cover >> Land Cover
GCMD >> Location >> Utah
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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