Monitoring stem growth phenology from space with high resolution satellite data

Associate Professor Jan Eitel

College of Natural Resources, Natural Resources and Society Department
University of Idaho, McCall, Idaho, USA


Fellowship Period: 02.2022 - 07.2022

Jan Eitel is a remote sensing ecologist at the University of Idaho (UI) whose research is fueled by his desire to understand patterns and processes of the natural world, and to provide practical tools for sustainably managing the earth’s environment and natural resources.

Activities within WSL Fellowship

My work at WSL was conducted in strong collaboration with Dr. Roman Zweifel. The objective of my fellowship was to develop and test remote sensing approaches for monitoring stem growth phenology including the onset, mid growth, and cessation of stem radial growth. Our results show promise that high temporally (daily) and spatially (3x3 m) resolved satellite imagery could be used for monitoring stem growth phenology at broad spatial scales. Similarly, our work also suggest that more research is warranted to understand the exact mechanisms that drive the relationships between stem growth phenology and canopy properties that can be detected using remote sensing.

Cooperation within WSL

Interne Kontakte (Datensätze)

Cooperation outside of WSL

Dr. David Basler, University of Basel

Dr. Sabine Braun, Swiss Institute for Applied Plant Biology

Dr. Jan Krejza, Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Prof. Nina Buchmann, ETH Zurich

Dr. Kevin Griffin, Columbia University

Dr. Andrew Maguire, Jet Propulsion Laboratories