Symposium - Remote sensing for conservation

22 May - 23 May 2014

The conservation of biological diversity is a major public concern. An increasingly strong link is being built between human wellbeing and biodiversity, with the weight of scientific evidence suggesting humans depend on many aspects of biodiversity, particularly the structure and functioning of ecosystems and the services that they provide.

The usefulness of remote sensing science to inform conservation biology and environmental management has been highlighted by many; however these two research communities have only recently started to coordinate their agendas. Such synchronization is key to improving the potential for remote sensing data to effectively support environmental management decisions.

This symposium will illustrate how integrative approaches allow a better ecological understanding of the mechanisms shaping current changes in biodiversity patterns, while triggering innovative approaches, new research directions in remote sensing science and the development of new remote sensing products. It will also demonstrate how ecological knowledge and satellite-based information on environmental conditions can be effectively combined to address a wide array of current conservations needs. By bringing together a range of stakeholders spanning academic experts in remote sensing and ecology, conservation NGOs to policy makers and space agency representatives, it will finally highlight how knowledge exchange is at the heart of the future development of both disciplines.

Remote Sensing and Conservation Programme (442.64 KB)

Organised by:

Nathalie Pettorelli, Zoological Society of London; Woody Turner, NASA Science; Martin Wegmann, CEOS SBA Biodiversity at DLR, LSFE

Present a poster of your research at the symposium:

Call for Posters - Remote Sensing symposium (15.52 KB)
Poster proposals should be emailed to by 10 May 2014

Confirmed speakers:

Jonathan Baillie, ZSL
Woody Turner, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Thomas Rabeil, Sahara Conservation Fund
Martin Wegmann, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Kate He, Murray State University
Thomas Esch, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Diane Davies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Frank Muller-Karger, University of South Florida
Compton Tucker, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Temilola Fatoyinbo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Lucy Bastin, Aston University
Roland Brandl, Philipps-Universitat Marburg
Graeme Buchanan, RSPB
Peter Reinartz, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Nathalie Pettorelli, ZSL
Kamran Safi, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Gregoire Dubois, EC-JRC
Carlo Rondinini, University of Rome
Mandar Trivedi, ZSL
Emily Pidgeon, Conservation International
Molly Brown, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Robert Hoft, Convention on Biological Diversity
Mike Gill, Environment Canada
Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History
Robert Rose, WCS


Download the symposium poster here: Remote Sensing Symposium poster (742.63 KB)

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