Julia Pongratz gave invited talks at the following: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) in Gif-sur-Yvette, France, title "Land use change and climate - form Genghis Khan to geoengineering"; Workshop for Holocene land use at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, on "Land cover change and climate in the last millennium"; Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, on "Man, Vegetation, Climate - Short stories from the Carnegie Institution."
Julia was also recently given the Wladimir Peter Koeppen Award by the KlimaCampus in Hamburg for an outstanding PhD thesis in climate research.
Greg Asner reports that the biggest news is that we are mapping the Colombian Amazon this month. The Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) team is comprised of myself, Guayana, Ty, James, Loreli, and John Clark.
Dec. 31: Greg added the following: We just completed the airborne phase of a new project to map 35 million acres of tropical forest in the Colombian Amazon. The project seeks to quantify the carbon composition of the underexplored Colombian Amazon, and at the same time, to support Colombia’s environment programs and their scientific capacity in the international REDD (reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation) arena.
For security reasons and to avoid heavier daytime cloud cover, we carried out the entire mission at night. This could not have been possible without my team of incredibly dedicated staff, our heroic pilots and aircraft engineer, and especially our Colombian partners, including the outstanding Colombian Air Force. We thank President Juan Manuel Santos and incoming Minister of Environment Sandra Bessudo for the inspiring visits made to us during the mission, as highlighted in the videos below. And finally, our warmest appreciation goes to Luis Solorzano and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for their dedicated support in advancing regional ecological science and technical capacity throughout the Andes-Amazon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Ngw2n1_AE (a bit of a spoof with a serious side, and the project as experienced by the team)
and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGhBC2I_CT4 (extended photos of the people and the place)
You’ll be hearing more from us from the western Amazon, and globally, in the months to come.
Jan Brown, Editor, Email: email@example.com