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Watching from Space

SBC scientists used new remote sensing technology to study giant kelp forests over time scales ranging from weeks to decades. Results demonstrated the value of high-resolution satellite imagery for observing long-term effects of climate change and human activities on sensitive marine ecosystems.

Cavanaugh, K. C, D. A. Siegel, B. P. Kinlan, and D. C. Reed. 2010. Scaling giant kelp field measurements to regional scales using satellite observations. Marine Ecology Progress Series 403:13-27.
Cavanaugh, K.C., Siegel, D.A., Reed, D.C. & Dennison, P.E. (2011). Climate controls on the giant kelp populations of the Santa Barbara Channel, California. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., in press.
Byrnes, J. E., D. C. Reed, B. J. Cardinale, K.C. Cavanaugh, S. J. Holbrook, and R. J. Schmitt. 2011. Climate driven increases in storm frequency simplify kelp forest food webs. Global Change Biology. in press.
Dr. David Siegel
The domain of the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER as seen from 438 miles in space.
Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper satellite.
Distribution of giant kelp biomass near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus estimated from Landsat 5 imagery
SBC LTER unpublished data

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