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Support Overview

Chief support for LCLUC-SYPR during phases I and II of the project was provided by the NASA-LCLUC research project (NAG5-11134), an interdisciplinary scientific theme within NASA's Earth Science Enterprise (ESE), from 1997 to 2004. Phase III funding from NASA-LCLUC began in 2005 annd will run through 2008. The ultimate vision of this program is to develop the capability to perform repeated global inventories of land-use and land-cover from space, to develop the scientific understanding and models necessary to simulate the processes taking place, and evaluate the consequences of observed and predicted changes. The underlying philosophy of the ESE LCLUC Program is to further the understanding of the consequences of land-use and land-cover changes for continued provision of ecological goods and services.

NASA also provided support through the Graduate Student Fellowships in Earth System Science. Two past fellowships supported graduate students Steven Manson and Rinku Roy Chowdhury, while Rebecca Dickson Palmer is currently supported by an ESS Fellowship (2005-2008).

Support for the beginning of Phase III of the project is provided by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Biocomplexity grant. This phase, consistent with the new Global Land Project of the IGBP-IHDP, examines the of the coupled human-environment system in the region. In addition Phases I and II of the project included NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants. One was awarded by the Geography and Regional Science Program and the other was cosponsored by Geography and Regional Science and the Decision, Risk, and Management Science Programs.

The SYPR project was supported indirectly by the Garcia Robles Fulbright Fellowship program administered by the U.S.-Mexico Commission, officially established by the governments of the United States and Mexico on November 27, 1990. The awards honor two distinguished public figures, U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, whose vision led to the founding of the program in 1946, and former Mexican Ambassador Alfonso Garcia Robles, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Support is also provided by project partner ECOSUR. ECOSUR is a center of research and education at the post-graduate level oriented towards development issues facing southern Mexico. In particular, ECOSUR focuses on new scientific discoveries and fostering human resources in the search for new technologies and strategies for sustainable development.

Harvard Forest was home to several post-doctoral fellows working on the project. This unit used funds from the Conservation Research Foundation and the National Science Foundation for a work entitled "Regional-Historical Analysis of Forest Ecosystems Response to Disturbance: Comparative Study of Temperate and Tropical Landscapes".

The support of Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professorship, Clark University, is also gratefully acknowledged.