NASA and USGS invest in invasive species modeling to evaluate habitat for Africanized Honey Bees

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Abstract

Invasive non-native species, such as plants, animals, and pathogens, have long been an interest to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA. Invasive species cause harm to our economy (around $120 B/year), the environment (e.g., replacing native biodiversity, forest pathogens negatively affecting carbon storage), and human health (e.g., plague, West Nile virus). Five years ago, the USGS and NASA formed a partnership to improve ecological forecasting capabilities for the early detection and containment of the highest priority invasive species. Scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the Fort Collins Science Center developed a longterm strategy to integrate remote sensing capabilities, high-performance computing capabilities and new spatial modeling techniques to advance the science of ecological invasions [Schnase et al., 2002].

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title NASA and USGS invest in invasive species modeling to evaluate habitat for Africanized Honey Bees
Series title The Earth Observer
Volume 21
Issue 6
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher NASA
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 4
Last page 8