The Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG) is a research laboratory at The University of Montana in Missoula pioneering new approaches for landscape ecological and hydrological analyses. The primary focus of NTSG is to understand how terrestrial vegetation responds to climate variability and influences energy, water and carbon cycles. NTSG conducts research over a broad range of spatial scales from individual landscape units to basin, continental and global domains. NTSG has strong emphasis in the application of ecological theory and environmental analysis using computational process modeling, satellite remote sensing and GIS. NTSG is a NASA Earth Science Information Partner (ESIP) and is involved with the NASA Earth Observing System as a repository for a variety of global land data products, including MODIS (MOD17) vegetation productivity.

Selected Publications

The global NPP dependence on ENSO: La Niña and the extraordinary year of 2011, Bastos, A., Running S. W., Gouveia C., and Trigo R. M. , Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 09/2013, Volume 118, Issue 3, Number 3, p.1247–1255, (2013)
A Remotely Sensed Global Terrestrial Drought Severity Index, Mu, Q., Zhao M., Kimball J. S., McDowell N., and Running S. W. , Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 01/2013, Volume 94, Issue 1, Number 1, p.83–98, (2013)
Global Bioenergy Capacity as Constrained by Observed Biospheric Productivity Rates, Smith, W. K., Zhao M., and Running S. W. , BioScience, 10/2012, Volume 62, Issue 10, Number 10, p.911–922, (2012)
A Measurable Planetary Boundary for the Biosphere, Running, S. W. , Science, 09/2012, Volume 337, Number 6101, p.1458–1459, (2012)
Satellite Finds Highest Land Skin Temperatures on Earth, Mildrexler, D. J., Zhao M., and Running S. W. , Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 07/2011, Volume 92, p.855–860, (2011)