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Impacts of extreme hydro-meteorological conditions on ecosystem functioning and productivity patterns across Australia

Funding: 2014: $180,000
2015: $140,000
2016: $140,000

Project Member(s): Huete, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2014

Summary: As Earth's climate continues to change, the frequency and intensity of warm droughts, extreme precipitation patterns, and heat waves will alter in potentially different ways, ecosystem functioning and productivity with major impacts on carbon and water balance, and food security. The extreme hydro-meteorological conditions that are presently afflicting Australia provide exceptional opportunities to study ecosystem-level functional responses using contemporary, in-situ and satellite observational datasets. This project aims to analyse cross-biome and site-level functional responses across contrasting hydroclimatic periods to better understand climate change impacts on ecosystem productivity, resilience, and potential collapse.

Publications:

Xie, Z, Huete, A, Cleverly, J, Phinn, S, McDonald-Madden, E, Cao, Y & Qin, F 2019, 'Multi-climate mode interactions drive hydrological and vegetation responses to hydroclimatic extremes in Australia', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 231.
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Barraza Bernadas, V, Grings, F, Restrepo-Coupe, N & Huete, A 2018, 'Comparison of the performance of latent heat flux products over southern hemisphere forest ecosystems: estimating latent heat flux error structure using in situ measurements and the triple collocation method', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 39, no. 19, pp. 6300-6315.
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Li, L, Wang, YP, Eamus, D, Yu, Q, Huete, A, Cleverly, J, Shi, H, Cheng, L & Zhang, L 2018, 'Evaluating global land surface models in CMIP5: analysis of ecosystem water- and light-use efficiences, and rainfall partitioning', Journal of Climate, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 2995-3008.
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Li, Y, Shi, H, Zhou, L, Eamus, D, Huete, A, Li, L, Cleverly, J, Hu, Z, Harahap, M, Yu, Q, He, L & Wang, S 2018, 'Disentangling Climate and LAI Effects on Seasonal Variability in Water Use Efficiency Across Terrestrial Ecosystems in China', Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, vol. 123, no. 8, pp. 2429-2443.
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Maes, WH, Huete, AR, Avino, M, Boer, MM, Dehaan, R, Pendall, E, Griebel, A & Steppe, K 2018, 'Can UAV-Based Infrared Thermography Be Used to Study Plant-Parasite Interactions between Mistletoe and Eucalypt Trees?', REMOTE SENSING, vol. 10, no. 12.
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Wu, J, Kobayashi, H, Stark, SC, Meng, R, Guan, K, Tran, NN, Gao, S, Yang, W, Restrepo-Coupe, N, Miura, T, Oliviera, RC, Rogers, A, Dye, DG, Nelson, BW, Serbin, SP, Huete, AR & Saleska, SR 2018, 'Biological processes dominate seasonality of remotely sensed canopy greenness in an Amazon evergreen forest.', New Phytologist, vol. 217, no. 4, pp. 1507-1520.
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Zhang, X, Wang, N, Xie, Z, Ma, X & Huete, A 2018, 'Water loss due to increasing planted vegetation over the Badain Jaran Desert, China', Remote Sensing, vol. 10, no. 1.
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Barraza, V, Restrepo-Coupe, N, Huete, A, Grings, F, Beringer, J, Cleverly, J & Eamus, D 2017, 'Estimation of latent heat flux over savannah vegetation across the North Australian Tropical Transect from multiple sensors and global meteorological data', Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, vol. 232, pp. 689-703.
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Li, L, Wang, Y-P, Beringer, J, Shi, H, Cleverly, J, Cheng, L, Eamus, D, Huete, A, Hutley, L, Lu, X, Piao, S, Zhang, L, Zhang, Y & Yu, Q 2017, 'Responses of LAI to rainfall explain contrasting sensitivities to carbon uptake between forest and non-forest ecosystems in Australia', Science China Life Sciences, vol. 7, no. 1.
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Maeda, EE, Ma, X, Wagner, FH, Kim, H, Oki, T, Eamus, D & Huete, A 2017, 'Evapotranspiration seasonality across the Amazon Basin', Earth System Dynamics, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 439-454.
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Pandey, AK, Mishra, AK, Kumar, R, Berwal, S, Devadas, R, Huete, A & Kumar, K 2017, 'CO variability and its association with household cooking fuels consumption over the Indo-Gangetic Plains.', Environmental Pollution, vol. 222, pp. 83-93.
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Shi, H, Li, L, Eamus, D, Huete, A, Cleverly, J, Tian, X, Yu, Q, Wang, S, Montagnani, L, Magliulo, V, Rotenberg, E, Pavelka, M & Carrara, A 2017, 'Assessing the ability of MODIS EVI to estimate terrestrial ecosystem gross primary production of multiple land cover types', Ecological Indicators, vol. 72, pp. 153-164.
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Wu, J, Guan, K, Hayek, M, Restrepo-Coupe, N, Wiedemann, KT, Xu, X, Wehr, R, Christoffersen, BO, Miao, G, da Silva, R, de Araujo, AC, Oliviera, RC, Camargo, PB, Monson, RK, Huete, AR & Saleska, SR 2017, 'Partitioning controls on Amazon forest photosynthesis between environmental and biotic factors at hourly to interannual timescales.', Global change biology, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 1240-1257.
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Eamus, D, Huete, A & Yu, Q 2016, Vegetation Dynamics, Cambridge University Press.
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Beringer, J, Hutley, LB, McHugh, I, Arndt, SK, Campbell, D, Cleugh, HA, Cleverly, J, Resco de Dios, V, Eamus, D, Evans, B, Ewenz, C, Grace, P, Griebel, A, Haverd, V, Hinko-Najera, N, Huete, A, Isaac, P, Kanniah, K, Leuning, R, Liddell, MJ, Macfarlane, C, Meyer, W, Moore, C, Pendall, E, Phillips, A, Phillips, RL, Prober, SM, Restrepo-Coupe, N, Rutledge, S, Schroder, I, Silberstein, R, Southall, R, Yee, MS, van Gorsel, E, Vote, C, Walker, J & Wardlaw, T 2016, 'An introduction to the Australian and New Zealand flux tower network – OzFlux', Biogeosciences, vol. 13, pp. 5895-5916.
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Cleverly, J, Eamus, D, Restrepo Coupe, N, Chen, C, Maes, W, Li, L, Faux, R, Santini, NS, Rumman, R, Yu, Q & Huete, A 2016, 'Soil moisture controls on phenology and productivity in a semi-arid critical zone', Science of the Total Environment.
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Cleverly, J, Eamus, D, Van Gorsel, E, Chen, C, Rumman, R, Luo, Q, Coupe, NR, Li, L, Kljun, N, Faux, R, Yu, Q & Huete, A 2016, 'Productivity and evapotranspiration of two contrasting semiarid ecosystems following the 2011 global carbon land sink anomaly', AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY, vol. 220, pp. 151-159.
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Eamus, D, Huete, A, Cleverly, J, Nolan, RH, Ma, X, Tarin, T & Santini, NS 2016, 'Mulga, a major tropical dry open forest of Australia: recent insights to carbon and water fluxes', Environmental Research Letters, vol. 11.
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Ma, X, Huete, A, Cleverly, J, Eamus, D, Chevallier, F, Joiner, J, Poulter, B, Zhang, Y, Guanter, L, Meyer, W, Xie, Z & Ponce-Campos, G 2016, 'Drought rapidly diminishes the large net CO2 uptake in 2011 over semi-arid Australia', Scientific Reports, vol. 6.
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Ma, X, Huete, A, Poulter, B, Eamus, D & Cleverly, J 2016, 'Australia's 'great green boom' of 2010–11 has been undone by drought', The Conversation.

Obata, K, Miura, T, Yoshioka, H, Huete, AR & Vargas, M 2016, 'Spectral Cross-Calibration of VIIRS Enhanced Vegetation Index with MODIS: A Case Study Using Year-Long Global Data', Remote Sensing, vol. 8, no. 34.
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Peng, D, Wu, C, Zhang, B, Huete, A, Zhang, X, Sun, R, Lei, L, Huang, W, Liu, L, Liu, X, Li, J, Luo, S & Fang, B 2016, 'The Influences of Drought and Land-Cover Conversion on Inter-Annual Variation of NPP in the Three-North Shelterbelt Program Zone of China Based on MODIS Data.', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 1-22.
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Restrepo Coupe, N, Huete, A, Davies, K, Cleverly, J, Beringer, J, Eamus, D, van Gorsel, E, Hutley, LB & Meyer, WS 2016, 'MODIS vegetation products as proxies of photosynthetic potential along a gradient of meteorologically and biologically driven ecosystem productivity', Biogeosciences, vol. 13, no. 19, pp. 5587-5608.
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Wu, J, Albert, LP, Lopes, AP, Restrepo-Coupe, N, Hayek, M, Wiedemann, KT, Guan, K, Stark, SC, Christoffersen, B, Prohaska, N, Tavares, JV, Marostica, S, Kobayashi, H, Ferreira, ML, Campos, KS, da Silva, R, Brando, PM, Dye, DG, Huxman, TE, Huete, AR, Nelson, BW & Saleska, SR 2016, 'Leaf development and demography explain photosynthetic seasonality in Amazon evergreen forests.', Science, vol. 351, no. 6276, pp. 972-976.
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Xie, Z, Huete, A, Ma, X, Restrepo-Coupe, N, Devadas, R, Clarke, K & Lewis, M 2016, 'Landsat and GRACE observations of arid wetland dynamics in a dryland river system under multi-decadal hydroclimatic extremes', JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, vol. 543, pp. 818-831.
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Xie, Z, Huete, A, Restrepo-Coupe, N, Ma, X, Devadas, R & Caprarelli, G 2016, 'Spatial partitioning and temporal evolution of Australia's total water storage under extreme hydroclimatic impacts', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 183, pp. 43-52.
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Giovannini, L, Ma, X & Huete, A 2016, 'Drought resilience of Australian rangelands under intense hydroclimatic variability', International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IEEE, Beijing, China, pp. 5467-5469.
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Huete, A & Ma, X 2016, 'Rising extreme weather warns of ecosystem collapse: study', The Conversation.

Eamus, D, Zolfaghar, S, Villalobos-Vega, R, Cleverly, J & Huete, A 2015, 'Groundwater-dependent ecosystems: recent insights, new techniques and an ecosystem-scale threshold response', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 4677-4754.
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Ma, X, Huete, A, Moran, S, Ponce-Campos, G & Eamus, D 2015, 'Abrupt shifts in phenology and vegetation productivity under climate extremes', Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, vol. 120, no. 10, pp. 2036-2052.
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Ma, X, Huete, A, Yu, Q, Restrepo-Coupe, N, Beringer, J, Hutley, LB, Kanniah, KD, Cleverly, J & Eamus, D 2014, 'Parameterization of an ecosystem light-use-efficiency model for predicting savanna GPP using MODIS EVI', REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, vol. 154, pp. 253-271.
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Maeda, EE, Ma, X, Wagner, F, Kim, H, Oki, T, Eamus, D & Huete, A, 'Evapotranspiration seasonality across the Amazon basin'.
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Keywords: Ecosystem remote sensing,Biome productivity,Drought severity

FOR Codes: Ecological Impacts of Climate Change, Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts), Environmental Monitoring, Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Environments, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments