Welcome to the Land Cover and Surface Climate Group in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University.  Our research focuses on dynamics in land cover and land surface processes, both human-induced and natural, at local-to-global scales.  We use remote sensing, field data, and modeling to characterize and understand how the Earth’s land use and land cover is changing, and to study bi-directional interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and the the atmsophere.  We are especially interested in observations and models that characterize and improve understanding of how terrestrial ecosystems are responding to climate change and human activities, and how these responses affect ecosystem processes and services.  Current research foci include mapping land use, land cover, and land cover change at regional and global scales, monitoring and modeling dynamics in vegetation phenology and related ecosystem processes, and using remote sensing to characterize the properties, geography, and dynamics of global land use and human dominated ecosystems.  The menu at the top of this page provides links to pages with information related to our research foci, publications from our group, data sets and documentation produced by our group, and collaborators, current members, and past members of our research group.