Author: Martin Wegmann

Capability of Spaceborne Hyperspectral EnMAP Mission for Mapping Fractional Cover for Soil Erosion Modeling

A new article in Remote Sensing titled “Capability of Spaceborne Hyperspectral EnMAP Mission for Mapping Fractional Cover for Soil Erosion Modeling” is now online. Soil erosion can be linked to relative fractional cover of photosynthetic-active vegetation (PV), non-photosynthetic-active vegetation (NPV) and bare soil (BS), which can be integrated into erosion models as the cover-management C-factor. This study investigates the capability of EnMAP imagery to map fractional cover in a region near San Jose, Costa Rica, characterized by spatially extensive coffee plantations and grazing in a mountainous terrain. Simulated EnMAP imagery is based on airborne hyperspectral HyMap data. Fractional cover...

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Spatial Ecology and Conservation Conference 2015

International conference SPATIAL ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION 3 13 to 15 July 2015 University of Bristol (UK) The 3rd international conference on Spatial Ecology & Conservation will take place at the University of Bristol (UK) on 13-15 July 2015). Join our discussions in 8 world-class symposia: 1. HELP – is our conservation land management actually working? 2. Where are we with spatial statistics? A comparative review of core methods and future directions. 3. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems: bringing high resolution, low cost remote sensing to field ecologists and conservation practitioners. 4. Big data for big ecology: what do we need to understand about ecological patterns and processes at continental scales? 5. Is there safety in numbers? Can we be confident with our Species Distribution Models? 6. Online mapping and decision support tools for conservation – current uses and future directions!! Summary ( 7. Spatial planning for sustainable landscapes: a key role for spatial ecology? 8. Seeing the wood for the trees: Object-based Image Analysis to measure habitat condition and change. The meeting also includes a range of FREE training events and demonstration workshops ( . The 3-day conference costs £250 (or £210 for 2 days). The price includes: –   Entrance to 8 conference symposia and training events –   Place at conference banquet and dance (Monday 13th) –   2 course buffet lunch each day To reserve your place, please click

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SCIENCE article about EBVs

An important article about Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) got published in SCIENCE. Reducing the rate of biodiversity loss and averting dangerous biodiversity change are international goals, reasserted by the Aichi Targets for 2020 by Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) after failure to meet the 2010 target (1, 2). However, there is no global, harmonized observation system for delivering regular, timely data on biodiversity change (3). With the first plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) soon under way, partners from the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) (4) are developing—and seeking consensus around—Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) that could form the basis of monitoring programs worldwide. Essential Biodiversity Variables SCIENCE – 2013: Vol. 339 no. 6117 pp. 277-278...

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