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Eurasian Reindeer Pastoralism in a Changing Climate: Indigenous Knowledge and NASA Remote SensingIt is intended that Reindeer Mapper/EALAT will be able to provide reindeer herders with an efficient tool for managing the real-time movements and migrations of their herds through enabling improved efficiency in linking different members of the herder settlements or communities and providing real-time local, satellite or other data (e.g., ice melt in lakes and rivers, weather events), thus enabling real time adjustments to herd movements to avoid problems such as changing weather/climate conditions, freeze-thaw "lock-out" problems, or take advantage of availability of better pasturelands along migration routes. The system is being designed to incorporate local data to allow users to bring their own data into the system for analysis in addition to the data provided by the system itself. With the local information of the population, up to date environmental data and habitat characteristics, the system could generate maps depicting important features of interest for reindeer managers. One of the products derived from the planned Reindeer Mapper system will be a web-based graphic display that allows analysts to quickly pinpoint areas of interest such as those with large concentrations of reindeer and provide surrounding environmental information. The system could be automatically updated with near-real-time information such as hourly precipitation and snowfall rate and accumulation, daily surface and air temperatures, and vegetation cover conditions. The system could bring attention to the proximity of human and animal populations as part of the need for control response. A local GIS will bring these many layers together with several supporting models, showing only a straightforward graphic of the real-time situation in the field. Because the system proposed will be operating in the Internet environment, it should be virtually accessible from any network computers and wireless remote access from the field. The International Center for Reindeer Husbandry in Kautokeino, Norway, is providing regional and international coordination of and access to data sets and expertise, and will act as overall clearinghouse for EALAT information.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Maynard, N. G.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Burgess, P.
(International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norway)
Oskal, P.
(International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norway)
Turi, A.
(International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norway)
Mathiesen, J. M.
(International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norway)
Gaup, I. G. E.
(Sami Univ. Coll. Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norway)
Yurchak, B.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Etylin, V.
(North-Eastern Research Inst. Anadyr, Chukotka, Russia)
Gebelein, J.
(Florida International Univ. Miami, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2008
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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