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KINGSTONâ€“ A team of researchers led by a University of Rhode Island professor has completed a five-year study of the Appalachian Trail and developed a satellite-based system for monitoring and forecasting ecological conditions along the trail. One of its initial conclusions is that the invasive species tree-of-heaven is expected to expand northward to New England due to climate change.
Yeqiao Wang, a URI professor of terrestrial remote sensing, says that his teamâ€™s research combining satellite-based data with ground-based ecological monitoring will be useful in the management of the lands along the Appalachian Trail.
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