Symposium - Remote sensing for conservation

This event took place on the 22 and 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.

Abstracts and programme

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Talks and presentations

What don't we know? Thinking about the missing information (3.01 MB)  Jonathan Baillie, ZSL

Remote sensing for conservation: new directions (4.49 MB)  Woody Turner, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Oil in the Sahara: mapping anthropogenic threats to Saharan biodiversity from space (7.04 MB) Thomas Rabeil, Sahara Conservation Fund

The NDVI and ts potential to track pressures and their past impact on biodiversity (2.61 MB)  Nathalie Pettorelli, ZSL

Combining land cover change and fragmentation analyses to track habitat degradation (2.44 MB){C}  Martin Wegmann, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

The Global Urban Footprint – a new worldwide human settlements layer to assess anthropogenic disturbances (7.43 MB) Thomas Esch, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Monitoring fires from space (5.85 MB) Diane Davies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Detecting and monitoring threats to marine biodiversity (8.69 MB) Frank Muller-Karger, University of South Florida

Benefits of hyperspectral remote sensing for tracking plant invasions (1.91 MB) Kate He, Murray State University, USA

  Measuring and monitoring changes in land cover (4.35 MB) Lucy Bastin, Aston University

Remote sensing and the management of rare ecosystems: mangroves as a study case (6.99 MB)Temilola Fatoyinbo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Counting animals from above: technical advances to monitor populations from flying platforms (4.63 MB) Peter Reinartz, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

LiDAR as a tool to monitor biodiversity (1.8 MB){C} Thomas Nauss, Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Germany 

Kamran Safi, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Unveiling wild animal populations' secrets using satellite data (5.96 MB) Peter Fretwell, British Antarctic Survey

Using remote sensing to inform conservation priorities (5.07 MB)  Graeme Buchanan, RSPB

DOPA, a Digital Observatory for Protected Areas using earth Observations (2.26 MB) Gregoire Dubois, EC-JRC

Effectiveness of African protected areas for the conservation of large mammals (1.97 MB) Carlo Rondinini, University of Rome

Satellites and the implementation of REDD+: a case study from Indonesia (3.25 MB) Ed Mitchard, University of Edinburgh

Remote sensing and the development of Blue Carbon initiatives (5.33 MB) Emily Pidgeon, Conservation International

Remote sensing for sustainable landscapes (5.07 MB) Andrew Skidmore, University of Twente

Earth Observations from a user's perspective and to support the implementation of EBVs and the Aichi targets (7.57 MB)  Mike Gill, Environment Canada and Robert Hoft, Convention on Biological Diversity

Integration as the key to success: bridging gaps between ecological research and remote sensing (17.11 MB) Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

Ten ways remote sensing can contribute to conservation (6.94 MB) Robert Rose, WCS

Sum up (1.33 MB)

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