Pacific Northwest Research Station
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Northwest Research Station is a leader in the scientific study
of natural resources. The Station has 11 locations in Alaska, Oregon,
and Washington and about 390 employees. We generate and communicate
impartial knowledge to help people understand and make informed choices about
natural resource management and sustainability.
TimeSync allows users to accurately characterize forest change at the plot level on an annual basis. It can be used across a range of spatial extents, from regional to continental. Researchers can characterize change, map accuracy, and provide independent estimates of forest change by disturbance agent.
TimeSync has been used to assess the quality of a national-level disturbance map and to provide independent estimates of forest disturbance. These estimates have provided characterizations of regional differences in disturbance regimes and direct linkages of forest stress to climate change. TimeSync is also a central component of the nascent Landscape Change Monitoring System under development by the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey. Standalone training modules are available on the TimeSync website.
As an ecologist specializing in disturbance and restoration, Becky Kerns helps define the role and impact of fire, grazing, exotic invasive plant species, and other disturbances on forests and rangelands. Disturbances like wildfire and insect outbreaks are a normal, necessary, and desired part of ecosystem dynamics. Human-caused disturbances may be intended to effect a change in system function or to produce desired goods and services, or may be unintentional or lead to unintended consequences. Kerns studies disturbances and their interactions and how they structure vegetation and plant communities. After receiving her Ph.D. in forest science in 1999, she joined the Pacific Northwest Research Station where she has designed studies that answer a diverse range of questions. >>More