Oct. 25, 2012

Analysis of texture differences in satellite images may be an effective way to monitor changes in vegetation, soil and water patterns over time, with potential implications for measuring biodiversity as well, according to new research published by CHANS-Net member Matteo Convertino, of the University of Florida, and colleagues.

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Oct. 24, 2012

China’s Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve provides key habitat for the endangered Guizhou golden monkey. A new project led by CHANS-Net member Li An, of San Diego State University, is investigating the sustainability of payment programs that may help to preserve golden monkey habitat.

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Oct. 19, 2012

It's a human-dominated world. For many non-human creatures, this means a fragmented world, as human conduits to friends, family and resources sever corridors that link the natural world. The expanding web of highways, cities and intensive agriculture traps many animals and plants in islands and cul-de-sacs of habitat, held back by barriers of geography or architecture from reaching mates, food, and wider resources.

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Oct. 17, 2012

CHANS-Net has organized a series of events at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco, Dec. 3-7, 2012. The events will bring together CHANS-Net members, including investigators supported by the National Science Foundation’s program in Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH). A main goal of these annual events is to engage with scholarly communities to demonstrate the value of the coupled systems approach, so others are very much welcome to participate.

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Oct. 8, 2012

Expanding production of palm oil, a common ingredient in processed foods, soaps and personal care products, is driving rainforest destruction and massive carbon dioxide emissions, according to a project led by a CHANS-Net researcher.

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Oct. 3, 2012

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program announced funding for 18 new projects in 2012; total funding for the awards is $17.6 million.

Research funded by CNH awards aims to provide a better understanding of natural processes and cycles and of human behavior and decisions -- and how and where they intersect.

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Oct. 2, 2012

Combine the tree-ring growth record with historic information, climate records and computer-model projections of future climate trends, and it's a grim picture for the future of trees in the southwestern United States. That's the word from a team of CHANS-Net scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Arizona, and several other partner organizations.

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Sept. 28, 2012

A study published in Science magazine and co-authored by CHANS-Net researchers at the Bren School Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) and their colleagues confirms suspicions that thousands of "data-poor" fisheries, representing some 80 percent of the world's fisheries, are in decline but could recover with proper management.

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Sept. 24, 2012

It's called mile-a-minute weed or "forest killer." Mikania micrantha is an exotic, invasive species that spreads quickly, covering crops, smothering trees and rapidly altering the environment.

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Sept. 4, 2012

The revelation that tigers and people are sharing exactly the same space – such as the same roads and trails – of Chitwan National Park flies in the face of long-held convictions in tiger conservation circles. It also underscores how successful conservation efforts need sciences that takes into account both nature and humans.

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