Category: Publications

Josh Gray and Mark Friedl publish article in Nature and are featured in several news articles

November 20th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Josh Gray, Mark Friedl, News, Nov-14, Publications

Mark Friedl

Mark Friedl

Josh Gray

Josh Gray

Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Josh Gray and Professor Mark Friedl have published a new article in Nature.

The article, “Direct human influence on atmospheric CO2 seasonality from increased cropland productivity,” is first authored by Gray and discusses Gray’s and Friedl’s research on how crop production influences the carbon cycle.

The article has also been featured in multiple news articles published recently.

A summary of the research can be found on Nature News and Views, and direct quotes from Friedl and Gray on their research can be found on Science 2.0, Nature World News, and The Christian Science Monitor.

To learn more about the work done by Gray and Friedl, check out their respective profiles on our site by clicking on their names.

To see more research done by Friedl, check out a list of his recent publications.

PhD Candidate Sarah Foster and Wally Fulweiler publish new article

November 5th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Nov-14, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

R. Wally Fulweiler

R. Wally Fulweiler

Sarah Foster

Sarah Foster

Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Sarah Foster and her advisor Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler have published a new article in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The article, “Spatial and historic variability of benthic nitrogen cycling in an anthropogenically impacted estuary,” is first authored by Foster and co-authored by Fulweiler.

Sarah Foster is a PhD candidate in Earth Science; her research focuses on coastal biogeochemistry. Read more about Foster’s research on Prof. Fulweiler’s Laboratory website.

To read the article, click here.

To learn more about Prof. Fulweiler, check out her profile page or see her Lab website.

Jian Bi and Ranga Myneni Coauthor an Article in PNAS

October 30th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Oct-14, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Jian Bi

Jian Bi

Ranga Myneni

Ranga Myneni

Earth and Environment PhD student Jian Bi and Prof. Ranga Myneni coauthored an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA entitled “Vegetation dynamics and rainfall sensitivity of the Amazon” together with colleagues from NASA and Oregon State University.

This article reports that since the year 2000, precipitation has declined across 69% of the tropical evergreen forest (5.4 million km2) and across 80% of the subtropical grasslands (3.3 million km2). These reductions, which coincided with a decline in terrestrial water storage, account for about 55% of a satellite-observed widespread decline in the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI).

The article can be downloaded from:

Sergio Fagherazzi coauthors new paper

October 28th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Oct-14, Publications, Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has coauthored a new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface.

The article, “Interactions between barrier islands and back barrier marshes affect island system response to sea level rise: insights form a coupled model,” was published in the 119th volume and 9th issue of the journal.

The article is available online here.

To learn more about Prof. Fagherazzi, check out his profile page or check out a list of his most recent publications.

Ranga Myneni Coauthors Paper in Nature Communications

October 16th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Oct-14, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth and Environment Professor Ranga Myneni coauthored a paper in Nature Communications with a multi-national group of researchers on the weakening relationship between vegetation photosynthetic activity and temperature in the northern latitudes.

The paper can be downloaded from

Sergio Fagherazzi publishes in Nature Geoscience News & Views

October 14th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Oct-14, Publications, Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has recently been published in Nature Geoscience News and Views.

Fagherazzi’s article, “Coastal processes: Storm-proofing with marshes,” was published online September 29th and is available to read here.

To learn more about Fagherazzi’s work, visit his profile page, or check out his most recent publications.


Ranga B. Myneni Coauthors Five Publications

October 7th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Oct-14, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga B. Myneni continues to build his status as one of the most highly cited researchers in the world with five new coauthored articles:

  • Traore et al., 2014. Evaluation of the ORCHIDEE ecosystem model over Africa against 25 years of satellite-based water and carbon measurements, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 119, 1554–1575, doi:10.1002/2014JG002638.
  • Yan et al., 2014. Development of a remotely sensing seasonal vegetation-based Palmer Drought Severity Index and its application of global drought monitoring over 1982-2011, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos.,
    119, 9419–9440, doi:10.1002/2014JD021673
  • Tan et al., 2014. Seasonally different response of photosynthetic activity to daytime and night-time warming in the Northern Hemisphere, Global Change Biology, (doi:
  • Traore et al., 2014. 1982-2010 trends of light use efficiency and inherent water use efficiency in African vegetation: Sensitivity to climate and atmospheric CO2 concentrations, Remote Sensing, 6, 8923-8944; doi:10.3390/rs6098923
  • Zhao et al., 2014. Satellite-indicated long-term vegetation changes and their drivers on the Mongolian Plateau, Landscape Ecol., 6, doi:10.1007/s10980-014-0095-y

Myneni was recently named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2014 list; he specializes in vegetation remote sensing with satellite data and climate-vegetation interactions. To learn more about Professor Myneni, check out his profile.




Dan Short Gianotti, Bruce Anderson, and Guido Salvucci publish paper in Journal of Climate

October 3rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Graduate students, Guido Salvucci, Oct-14, Publications

Earth & Environment graduate student Dan Gianotti and Professors Bruce Anderson and Guido Salvucci have recently published a paper in the Journal of Climate.

The paper, “The Potential Predictability of Precipitation Occurrence, Intensity and Seasonal Totals over the Continental United States,” was published in September and can be accessed online.

The study breaks the variability of precipitation into “weather” and ”climate” components and finds that most of the opportunity for seasonal climate prediction lies in precipitation occurrence rather than intensity or seasonal total precipitation.

Dan Gianotti is a Ph.D. candidate working with Anderson and Salvucci on hydrology, climate systems, and the interactions between people and water. To learn more about Gianotti’s work, check out his website.

To learn more about the work of Bruce Anderson and Guido Salvucci, visit their profile pages on our website.

E&E Grad student Andrew Christ first authors paper published in GSA Bulletin

September 25th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Dave Marchant, Faculty, Graduate students, Publications, Sept-14

Earth & Environment Ph.D. student Andrew Christ was recently first author on a paper published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin.

The paper, “Late Holocene glacial advance and ice shelf growth in Barilari Bay, Graham Land, west Antarctic Peninsula,” is available online here.

Christ is a Ph.D. student working with Professor Dave Marchant. Christ’s research focuses on antarctic  geomorphology.


Zhe Zhu and Curtis Woodcock publish new paper in Remote Sensing of Environment

September 23rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Publications, Researchers, Sept-14

Earth & Environment post-doc Zhe Zhu and Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock have published a new paper in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment.

The paper, “Automated cloud, cloud shadow, and snow detection in multitemporal Landsat data: An algorithm designed specifically for monitoring land cover change,” provides a new, better way to detect cloud, cloud shadow, and snow in Landsat data using the multitemporal information of the data.

The article was published in the 152th volume of the journal and can be accessed online here.

Additionally, Zhu and Woodcock have also provided a stand alone software for this algorithm (Tmask) for both windows and linux, and it can be accessed here.