Category: Publications

Research associate professor Pontus Olofsson publishes three articles

July 27th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Jul-17, News, Pontus Olofsson, Pub-17, Publications, Researchers

Pontus Olofsson has recently published three papers in Reference Module in Earth Systems & Environmental SciencesInternational Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation, and Remote Sensing of Environment. Click below to see his latest research.

Accuracy and Area Estimation

Mapping and Estimating Land Change Between 2001 and 2013 in a Heterogeneous Landscape in West Africa: Loss of Forestlands and Capacity-building Opportunities

Stratification and Sample Allocation for Reference Burned Area Data

Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte co-author article in World Development

July 10th, 2017 in 2017, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Former Students, Jul-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rachael Garrett, Researchers

Assistant professors Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte, along with postdoc Jordan Graesser and MA alum Christopher White, have co-authored “The restructuring of South American soy and beef production and trade under changing environmental regulations” in the journal World Development. The authors use “panel data on soy and beef production and trade in agricultural frontiers of South America to examine how changes in deforestation regulations in South America have altered soy and cattle expansion and exports in this region, and to understand how these changes, if they have occurred, influence the overall effectiveness of deforestation regulations.” Click to read the full article.

Professors Robert Kaufmann and Cutler Cleveland publish on electricity costs and climate change

June 16th, 2017 in 2017, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, Graduate students, Interviews, Jun-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Robert Kaufmann

A new study by Karina Véliz (GRS’09,’14), a former E&E graduate student, and Professor Kaufmann suggests that price spikes will be the primary drivers of electricity cost increases in response to climate change. The research was published in Energy Policy in March, with co-authors including Professor Cleveland.

Read about the research at BU Today, and read the full article at Science Direct.

Prof. Myneni co-authors papers in Nature Climate Change

June 12th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Jun-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Professor Ranga Myneni has co-authored two papers in Nature Climate Change.

One describes how the greening of the Earth, largely due to CO2 fertilization, has also increased evapo-transpiration and thus cooled the planet.

The second  describes the weakening relationship between temperature and spring carbon uptake in the recent years. These two recent papers from this group of authors are of a larger body of work on the biophysical and biochemical effects of a greening Earth.

Prof. Myneni’s web site is

PhD student Taejin Park and Prof. Myneni co-author article in Science Advances

May 30th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Graduate students, May-17, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

NASA Graduate Fellowship recipient and PhD student Taejin Park and Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored a paper with their Norwegian colleagues in the journal Science Advance on how vegetation greening in the Arctic due to global warming is affecting the caribou population. The article can be downloaded from

Prof. Myneni’s web site is

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett publishes in Agricultural Systems

May 30th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, May-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published her latest research in Agricultural Systems. In “Social and Ecological Analysis of Commercial Integrated Crop Livestock Systems: Current Knowledge and Remaining Uncertainty,” Professor Garrett and her colleagues argue, “While many [changes in food systems] have contributed to increasing global food production, another consequence has been the de-coupling of crop and livestock systems and a loss of agricultural diversity at both the field and territorial (regional) scales in many countries.” Click here to read the article.

Research associate professor Pontus Olofsson interviewed by Science Magazine about potential consequences of President’s 2018 budget for NASA CMS and SilvaCarbon activities

May 24th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Interviews, May-17, News, Pontus Olofsson, Pub-17, Publications, Researchers

Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson recently spoke to Science Magazine about the potential impact of President Trump’s 2018 budget proposals. Of carbon monitoring pilot technologies in Latin America and southeast Asia, Olofsson noted, “These countries rely on this collaboration in order to monitor the forests better … It would be devastating not only for us but also these partner countries.” Click here to read the full article.

New book by associate professor Michael Dietze now available

May 17th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, May-17, Michael Dietze, News, Pub-17, Publications

Associate Professor Michael Dietze has published Ecological Forecasting through Princeton University Press. “Dietze shows us how to approach forecasting using models based on large datasets and how to make the results easy to digest,” writes one reviewer. “This book is certain to be a benchmark in the science of ecological forecasting for decades to come.”



PhD grad Kira Sullivan-Wiley and assistant professor Anne Short Gianotti coauthor paper in World Development

May 5th, 2017 in 2017, Alumni, Anne Short, Faculty, Graduate students, May-17, News, Pub-17, Publications

Recent Earth & Environment PhD graduate Kira Sullivan-Wiley and Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti have co-authored a paper in World Development.

The paper, “Risk Perception in a Multi-Hazard Environment,” investigates how small-holder farmers’ in eastern Uganda perceive the risk of multiple, overlapping hazards. Though it is widely recognized that many communities are at risk from multiple, overlapping threats, little is known about how individuals perceive and prioritize multiple hazards in the developing world. This study shows that risk perception is shaped both by the characteristics of the individual and the hazard itself.

Dr. Sullivan-Wiley completed her PhD last year and is now NatureNet Science Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University and The Nature Conservancy. Learn about Assistant Professor Short Gianotti’s work here.

PhD student Chi Chen publishes his first research article

May 3rd, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Graduate students, Juri Knjazihhin, May-17, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Second year PhD student Chi Chen published his first research article entitled “Prototyping of LAI and FPAR Retrievals from MODIS Multi-Angle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) Data” in the open source journal Remote Sensing. Mr. Chen is advised by Profs. Knyazikhin and Myneni. The article can be downloaded here.