Author: Martin Wegmann

book on Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists

This book is about how ecologists can integrate remote sensing and GIS in their daily work. It will allow ecologists to get started with the application of remote sensing and to understand its potential and limitations. Using practical examples, the book covers all necessary steps from planning field campaigns to deriving ecologically relevant information through remote sensing and modelling of species distributions. more details at: This books explains how to apply remote sensing and GIS to ecological research projects. It will provide practical examples cover each step, from planning through to remote sensing and modelling. Only OpenSource software...

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NATURE article: Define biodiversity indicators from space

A new NATURE piece on biodiversity indicators from space just got published. The article stresses the importance for collaboration between ecologists and space agencies on a global strategy for monitoring Earth’s biodiversity from space. Currently, different countries track different biodiversity variables, such as habitat types and ecosystem functions, inconsistently. The article proposes quantities, such as vegetation height and leaf area, that can be derived consistently from satellite data and used to monitor deforestation and biodiversity loss across the globe. Conservation scientists need to collaborate with space agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European...

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EGU session: Mapping, Monitoring & Modelling of Vegetation Characteristics using Earth Observation

Our EGU session “Mapping, Monitoring & Modelling of Vegetation Characteristics using Earth Observation” got accepted and is now online. The EGU, the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 17–22 April 2016. Remote sensing, be it in the form of satellite imagery or aerial photography from manned aircrafts or UAVs, has proven its potential as a unique tool for retrieving vegetation properties at the local, the regional and global scales. Over the last decades, a substantial amount of work has been allocated to the retrieval of vegetation...

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Special Issue on RS training in Ecology and Conservation

Training of remote sensing for ecology and conservation is offered increasingly and various approaches are pursued. Different approaches, data sets, sensors and aims are targeted in a variety of trainings but their results, lesson-learnt and approaches are rarely reported. There is a need to review and discuss the past and future of spatial training in ecology and conservation in order to improve and develop needed training activities.  In this special issue a forum for a wide range of articles such as reviews, policy forum and interdisciplinary perspectives on remote sensing training for ecological and conservation research is offered. Authors...

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new article: Remote Sensing and New Generation SDMs

A new article “Will remote sensing shape the next generation of species distribution models?” in Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation is published. Two prominent limitations of species distribution models (SDMs) are spatial biases in existing occurrence data and a lack of spatially explicit predictor variables to fully capture habitat characteristics of species. Can existing and emerging remote sensing technologies meet these challenges and improve future SDMs? We believe so. Novel products derived from multispectral and hyperspectral sensors, as well as future Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and RADAR missions, may play a key role in improving model performance....

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