Thanks to a novel integration of technologies, scientists can now use a suite of publicly available research data and tools to see how global ecosystems change across time.
"It's not just a result, it's a whole new method of seeing the world," said Don Falk, a professor in the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resources and the Environment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a contributing author.
The research team has assembled its technique in a manuscript published in the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) journal Remote Sensing.
The beauty of these tools, noted Falk, is that they offer the ability to integrate information from multiple sources to investigate all kinds of questions.
"This approach enables researchers to ask the questions of our time," he said. "How is the earth system responding to massive change in the climate system? How are the ecosystems in turn influencing climate?"