A very interesting article has been published by Alex Bush and others in Nature Ecology and Evolution on the use of earth observation technologies to track biodiversity as well as ecosystem functions and services. While most of the biodiversity cannot be measured by Earth observation the effectiveness of nature conservation can be reduced and even unintentionally decrease conservation effort. Alex Bush and colleagues describe an approach that combines automated recording devices, high-throughput DNA sequencing and modern ecological modelling to extract much more of the information available in Earth observation data (from the abstract). Read the full article here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-017-0176


Alex Bush, Rahel Sollmann, Andreas Wilting, Kristine Bohmann, Beth Cole et al. (2017) Connecting Earth observation to high-throughput biodiversity data, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Article number: 0176 (2017),doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0176