Ecology of the Mojave Desert
PNNL scientists are using predictive tools to understand ecological changes driven by frequent fires due to invasive plant species in the Mojave Desert. Collaborating with the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists are integrating recent advances in fire science and remote sensing tools to characterize the relationship between non-native invasive plant species and wildfire in the desert under current and changing climate conditions. The satellite image shown here is of the Mojave Desert transformed to principal components highlighting geologic formations, land use and vegetation cover. Image provided by PNNL scientist Jerry Tagestad and the U.S. Global Land Cover Facility located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.