Steve Running

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Steve Running

Professor Emeritus of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences

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B.S. Botany; Oregon State University, Corvallis 1972

M.S. Forest Management; Oregon State University 1973

Ph.D. Forest Ecophysiology; Colorado State University 1979

Research Interests

Forest ecophysiology
Global climate change

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Honors / Awards

~~Montana Environmental Information Center Conservationist of the Year 2012
 Doctor Honoris Causa University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Austria 2012
 Honorary Professor, Environment Institute and Dept. of Geography, University College London 2009
 Oregon State University Alumni Fellow 2009
 E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award 2009
 Chapter lead author of IPCC 2007 report, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2007
 Univ. Of Montana Presidential Scholar 2008
 University of Montana, Lud Browman Award for scientific writing, 2007
Oregon State Univ. College of Forestry, Distinguished Alumni, 2006
 Burk-Brandenburg Montana Conservation Award, 2006
 ISI Highly Cited Scientist Designation 2004
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2002
University of Montana BN Faculty Achievement Award, 1991
University of Montana, Distinguished Scholar, 1990

Selected Publications

Zhang. K, J. S. Kimball, M. Zhao, W. C. Oechel, J. Cassano, S. W. Running. (2007) Sensitivity of pan-Arctic terrestrial net primary productivity simulations to daily surface meteorology from NCEP-NCAR and ERA-40 reanalyses. Journal of Geophysical Research 112 G01011, doi: 10, 1029/2006JG000249, 2007

Cleugh, A. H., R. Leuning, Q. Mu, S. W. Running. (2007) Regional evaporation estimates from flux tower and MODIS satellite data. Remote Sensing of Environment 106 285-304.

Kimball, J. S., M. Zhao, A. D. McGuire, F. A. Heinsch, J. Clein and M. Calef, W. M. Jolly, S. Kang, S. E. Euskirchen, K. C. McDonald, S. W. Running. (2007) Recent Climate-Driven Increases in vegetation productivity for the Western Artic: Evidence of an acceleration of the northern terrestrial carbon cycle. Earth Interactions 11: Page No. 4

Mildrexler, D.J., M. Zhao, F.A. Heinsch, S.W. Running. (2007) A new satellite-based methodology for continental-scale disturbance detection. Ecological Applications. (in press).

Reichstein, M., P. Ciais, D. Papale, R. Valentini, S. Running, N. Viovys, W. Cramer, A. Granier, J. Ogee, V. Allard, M. Aubinet, Chr. Bernhofer, N. Buchmann, A. Carrara, T. Grünwald, M. Heimann, B. Heinesch, A. Knohl, W. Kutsch, D. Loustau, G. Manca, G. Matteucci, F. Miglietta, J.M. Ourcival, K. Pilegaard, J. Pumpanen, S. Rambal, S. Schaphoff, G. Seufert, J.F. Soussana, M.J. Sanz, T. Vesala, M. Zhao. (2006) Reduction of ecosystem productivity and respiration during the European summer 2003 climate anomaly: a joint flux tower, remote sensing and modelling analysis. Global Change Biology 12: 1-18

White, J.D., N.A. Scott, A.L. Hirsch, S. W. Running. (2006) 3-PG Productivity Modeling of Regeneration Amazon Forests: Climate Sensitivity and Comparison with MODIS-Derived NPP. Earth Interactions 10: 1-26.

Liang, S., T. Zheng, R. Liu, H. Fang, S. Tsay, S. W. Running. (2006) Estimation of incident photosynthetically active radiation from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer data. Journal of Geoscience Research 11 doi: 10.1029/2005JD006730.

Heinsch, F., M. Zhao, S. Running, J. Kimball, R. Nemani, K. Davis, P. Bolstad, B. Cook, A. Desai, D. Ricciuto, B. Law, W. Oechel, H. Kwon, H. Luo, S. Wofsy, A. Dunn, J. Munger, D. Baldocchi, L. Xu, D. Hollinger, A. Richardson, P. Stoy, M. Siqueira, R. Monson, S. Burns, L. Flanagan. (2006) Evaluation of remote sensing based terrestrial productivity from MODIS using regional tower eddy flux network observations. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

Boisvenue, C., and S. W. Running(2006), Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Forest Productivity-Evidence Since the Middle of the 20th Century, Global Change Biology 12, 1-21, doi10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01134.x

Reeves, M. C., M. Zhao, and S. W. Running (2006). "Applying improved estimates of MODIS productivity to characterize grassland vegetation dynamics." Rangeland Ecology & Management 59(1): 1-10.

Kimball, J. S., M. Zhao, K. C. McDonald and S. W. Running. (2006), Satellite Remote Sensing Of Terrestrial Net Primary Production For The Pan-arctic Basin And Alaska. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategiec for Global Change 11: 783-804.

Mildrexler, D. J., M. Zhao and S.W. Running. (2006) Where Are the Hottest Spots on Earth? EOS Transactions, 87(43) 461,467

Running, S. W. (2006) Is Global Warming Causing More, Larger Wildfires. Science 313.

Turner, D., W. D. Ritts, W.B. Cohen, S.T. Grower, S.W. Running, M. Zhao, M.H. Costa, A.A. Kirschbaum, J. M. Ham, S. R. Saleska, D. E. Ahl. (2006), Evaluation of MODIS NPP and GPP products across multiple biomes. Remote Sensing of Environment 102: 282-292.

Zhao, M., S. W. Running, and R. R. Nemani (2006), Sensitivity of Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) terrestrial primary production to the accuracy of meteorological reanalyses, J. Geophys. Res., 111, G01002, doi:10.1029/2004JG000004.

Milesi, C., S. Running, C. Elvidge, J. Dietz, B. Tuttle, R. Nemani. (2005) Mapping and modeling the biogeochemical cycling of turf grasses in the United States. Environmental Management 35(3):426-438.

Milesi, C., H. Hashimoto, S.W. Running, R.R. Nemani. (2005), Climate variability, vegetation productivity and people at risk. Global and Planetary Change 47:221-231.

Zhao, M., F.A. Heinsch, R.R. Nemani, S.W. Running. (2005) Improvements of the MODIS terrestrial gross and net primary production global data set. Remote Sensing of Environment 95:164-176.

Jolly,W.M., R.R. Nemani, S.W. Running. (2005) A generalized, bioclimatic index to predict foliar phenology in response to climate. Global Change Biology 11:619-632.

Jolly, W., J.Graham, A. Michaelis, R. Nemani, S. Running. (2005) A flexible, integrated system for generating meteorological surfaces derived from point sources across multiple geographic scales. Environmental Modelling & Software 20:873-882.

Kang, S., S. Running, M. Zhao, J. Kimball, J. Glassy. (2005) Improving continuity of MODIS terrestrial photosynthesis products using an interpolation scheme for cloudy pixels. Int’l Journal of Remote Sensing 26(8):1,659-1,676.

Meyerson, L., J. Baron, J. Melillo, R. Naiman, R. O’Malley, G. Orians, M. Palmer, A. Pfaff, S. Running, O. Sala. (2005) Aggregate measures of ecosystem services: Can we take the pulse of nature? Frontiers Ecol Environ 3(1):56-59.

Reeves, M.C., M. Zhao, S.W. Running. (2005) Usefulness and limits of MODIS GPP for estimating wheat yield. International Journal of Remote Sensing 26(7):1,403-1,421.

Running, S.W., J.S. Kimball. (2005) Satellite-based analysis of ecological controls for land-surface evaporation resistance, chapter 113, pp. 1-14. In: Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences. M. Anderson (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Zhao, M., F.A. Heinsch, R.R. Nemani, S.W. Running. (2005) Improvements of the MODIS terrestrial gross and net primary production global data set. Remote Sensing of Environment 95:164-176.

Reeves, M.C., M. Zhao, S.W. Running. (2005). Usefulness and limits of MODIS GPP estimating wheat yield. International Journal of Remote Sensing 26(7):1,403-1,421.

Turner, D., W. Rits, W. Cohen, T. Maeirsperger, S. Gower, A. Kirschbaum, S. Running, M. Zhao, S. Wofsy, A. Dunn, B. Law, J. Campbell, W. Oechel, H. Kwon, T. Meyers, E. Small, S. Kurc, J. Gamon. (2005) Site-level evaluation of satellite-based global production monitoring. Global Change Biology 11:666-684.

Fagre, D.B., S.W. Running, R.E. Keane, D.L Peterson. (2004) Assessing climate change effects on mountain ecosystems using integrated models: A case study. In: Global Change and Mountain Regions: A State of Knowledge Overview. U.M. Huber, H.K. Bugmann, M.A. Reasoner (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

McDonald, K., J. Kimball, M. Zhao, E.Njoku, R. Zimmermann, S. Running. (2004) Spaceborne microwave remote sensing of seasonal freeze-thaw processes in the terrestrial high latitudes: Relationships with land-atmosphere CO2 exchange, pp. 167-178. In: Proceedings of Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Honolulu, HI, November, 2004.

McDonald, K, J. Kimball, E. Njoku, R. Zimmerman, M. Zhao. (2004) Variability in springtime thaw in the terrestrial high latitudes: Monitoring a major control on the biospheric assimilation of atmospheric CO2 with spaceborne microwave remote sensing. Earth Interactions 8(20):1-23.

Kimball, J., M. Zhao, K. McDonald, F. Heinsch, S. Running. (2004) Satellite observations of annual variability in terrestrial carbon cycles and seasonal growing seasons at high northern latitudes, pp. 244-254. In: Proceedings of Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Honolulu, HI, November 9-11, 2004.

Kittel, T.G.F., S.W. Running, VeMAP2 Participants. (2004) VEMAP Phase 2 bioclimatic database. I. Gridded historical (20th century) climate for modeling ecosystem dynamics across the conterminous USA. Climate Research 27:151-170.

Poole, G., J. Stanford, S. Running, C. Frissell, W. Woessner, B. Ellis. (2004) A patch hierarchy approach to modeling surface and subsurface hydrology in complex flood-plain environments. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 29:1,259-1,274.

Hashimoto, H., R. Nemani, M. White, W. Jolly, S. Piper, C. Keeling, R. Myneni, S. Running. (2004) El-Nino-Southern Oscillation-induced variability in terrestrial carbon cycling. Journal of Geophysical Research 109(D23110):1-8.

Running, S.W. (2004) Global land datasets for next generation biospheric monitoring. American Geophysical Union Eos Transactions 85(50):543-545.

Entekhabi, D., E. Njoku, P. Houser, M. Spencer, T. Doiron, U. Kim, J. Smith, R. Girard, S. Belair, W. Crow. T. Jackson, Y. Kerr, J. Kimball, R. Koster, K. McDonald, P. O’Neill, T. Pultz, S. Running, J. Shi, E. Wood, J. van Zyl. (2004) The hydrosphere state (HYDROS) satellite mission: An earth system pathfinder for global mapping of soil moisture and land freeze/thaw. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 42(10):2,184-2,195.

Kimball, J.S., K.C. McDonald, S. Frolking, S.W. Running. (2004) Radar remote sensing of the spring thaw transition across a boreal landscape. Remote Sensing of Environment 89:163-175.

Running, S., R. Nemani, F. Heinsch, M. Zhao, M. Reeves, H. Hashimoto. (2004) A continuous satellite-derived measure of global terrestrial primary production. BioScience 54(6):547-560.

Jolly, W.M. R. Nemani, S.W. Running. (2004) Enhancement of understory productivity by asynchronous phenology with overstory competitors in a temperate deciduous forest. Tree Physiology 24:1,069-1,071.

Kimball, J.S., K. C. McDonald, S. W. Running, S. E. Frolking. (2004) Satellite radar remote sensing of seasonal growing seasons for boreal and subalpine evergreen forests. Remote Sensing of Environment 90:243-258.

Jolly, W.M., S.W. Running. (2003) Effects of precipitation and soil water potential on drought deciduous phenology in the Kalahari. Global Change Biology 10(3):303-308.

Cohen, W., T. Maiersperger, A. Yang, S. Grower, D. Turner, W. Ritts, M. Berterretche, S. Running. (2003) Comparisons of land cover and LAI estimates derived from ETM+ and MODIS for four sites in North America: A quality assessment of 2000/2001 provisional MODIS products. Remote Sensing of Environment 88: 233-255.

Turner, D., W. Ritts, W. Cohen, S. Gower, M. Zhao, S. Running, S. Wofsy, S. Urbanski, A. Dunn, J. Munger. (2003) Scaling gross primary production (GPP) over boreal and deciduous forest landscapes in support of MODIS GPP product validation. Remote Sensing of Environment 88:256-270.

Kang, S., S. Running, J. Lim, M. Zhao, C. Park, R. Loehman. (2003) A regional phenology model for detecting onset of greenness in temperate mixed forests, Korea: An application of MODIS leaf area index. Remote Sensing of Environment 86:232-242.

Nemani, R., C. Keeling, H. Hashimoto, W. Jolly, S. Piper, C. Tucker, R. Myneni, S. Running. (2003) Climate-driven increases in global terrestrial net primary production from 1982 to 1999. Science 300:1,560-1,563.

Pielke Sr., R., G. Marland, R. Betts, T. Chase, J. Eastman, J. Niles, D. Niyogi, S. Running. (2003) The influence of land-use change and landscape dynamics on the climate system: Relevance to climate-change policy beyond the radiative effect of greenhouse gases. In: Capturing Carbon and Conserving Biodiversity: The Market Approach, chapter 9, pp.157-172. I.R. Swingland (Ed.), Earthscan Publications Ltd., London.

Milesi, C., C. Elvidge, R. Nemani, S. Running. (2003) Assessing the impact of urban land development on net primary productivity in the southeastern United States. Remote Sensing of Environment 86:401-410.

Nishida, K., R. Nemani, J. Glassy, S. Running. (2003) Development of an evapotranspiration index from Aqua/MODIS for monitoring surface moisture status. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 41(2):493-501.

Nemani, R., M. White, L. Pierce, P. Votava, J. Coughlan, S. Running. (2003) Biospheric monitoring and ecological forecasting. Earth Observation Magazine 12(2):6-8.

Milesi, C., C.D. Elvidge, R.R. Nemani, S.W. Running. (2003) Assessing the environmental impacts of human settlements using satellite data. Management of Environmental Quality 14(1):99-107.

Nishida, K., R.R. Nemani, J.M. Glassy, S.W. Running. (2003) An operational remote sensing algorithm of land surface evaporation. Journal of Geophysical Research 108(D9):5/1-5/13.