This week the Department of Geographical Sciences had a great turn out at NASA's Carbon Monitoring System Science Team Meeting at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. This three day meeting included a day of CMS stakeholder interactions followed by two days of science presentations and discussions. A new project led by Ralph Dubayah for pantropical forest biomass mapping with GEDI and TandemX was highlighted at the meeting, while projects for local and regional biomass mapping with airborne lidar were also presented (led by George Hurtt, CMS Science Team Lead), as well as biomass fusion algorithm development for GEDI, ICESat-2 and NISAR (led by Laura Duncanson). Fernando Sedano's Mozambique charcoal monitoring project was also presented, as was a US cropland carbon monitoring system led by Cesar Izaurralde. Molly Brown also gave a plenary talk on stakeholder engagement. The meeting was a great success and included ample discussion about the future of the CMS program, which will certainly continue to include participation from UMD GEOG. 

GEOG members in front of Scripps Institution of Oceanography