support for LCLUC-SYPR during phases I and II of the project was provided by
the NASA-LCLUC research project (NAG5-11134), an interdisciplinary
scientific theme within NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise (ESE),
from 1997 to 2004. Phase III funding from NASA-LCLUC begann in 2005 annd will run through 2008. The ultimate vision of this program is to
develop the capability to perform repeated global inventories of land-use
and land-cover from space, to develop the scientific understanding and
models necessary to simulate the processes taking place, and evaluate the
consequences of observed and predicted changes. The underlying philosophy of
the ESE LCLUC Program is to further the understanding of the consequences of
land-use and land-cover changes for continued provision of ecological goods
NASA also provided support through the Graduate
Student Fellowships in Earth System Science. Two past fellowships supported graduate students Steven Manson annd Rinku Roy Chowdhury, while Rebecca Dickson Palmer is currently supported by an ESS Fellowship (2005-2008).
for the beginning of Phase III of the project is provided by a
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Biocomplexity grant. This phase, consistent with the new Global Land
Project of the
IGBP-IHDP, examines the
of the coupled human-environment system in the region. In addition Phases I
and II of the project included NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants.
One was awarded by the Geography and Regional Science Program and the other
was cosponsored by Geography and Regional Science and the Decision, Risk,
and Management Science Programs.
project was supported indirectly by the Garcia Robles
Fulbright Fellowship program administered by the U.S.-Mexico
Commission, officially established by the governments of the United States and Mexico on
November 27, 1990. The awards honor two distinguished public figures, U.S. Senator
J. William Fulbright, whose vision led to the founding of the program in 1946, and former
Mexican Ambassador Alfonso García Robles, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Support is also provided by project partner ECOSUR . ECOSUR is a center of
research and education at the post-graduate level oriented towards development issues
facing southern Mexico. In particular, ECOSUR focuses on new
scientific discoveries and fostering human resources in the search for new
technologies and strategies for sustainable development.
Harvard Forest was
home to several post-doctoral fellows working on the project. This unit used
funds from the Conservation Research
Foundation and the National Science Foundation for a work entitled
"Regional-Historical Analysis of Forest Ecosystems Response to Disturbance:
Comparative Study of Temperate and Tropical Landscapes".
The support of
Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professorship, Clark
University, is also gratefully acknowledged.