Author: Remote Sensing Biodiversity

article: Breaking new Ground in Mapping Human Settlements from Space

Esch et al. published a new exciting article on “Breaking new Ground in Mapping Human Settlements from Space – The Global Urban Footprint”. The publication introduces all details about the methodological framework and product characteristics of DLR’s Global Urban Footprint (GUF) layer released in November 2016. The GUF provides a worldwide record of the human settlement pattern in a so far matchless spatial detail. Please read the full article at: Discover the GUF data via the Urban Thematic Exploitation Platform...

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article: Mapping functional diversity from remotely sensing

Schneider et al. published an interesting article on “Mapping functional diversity from remotely sensed morphological and physiological forest traits” in Nature Communications. From the abstract: Assessing functional diversity from space can help predict productivity and stability of forest ecosystems at global scale using biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. We present a new spatially continuous method to map regional patterns of tree functional diversity using combined laser scanning and imaging spectroscopy. The method does not require prior taxonomic information and integrates variation in plant functional traits between and within plant species. We compare our method with leaf-level field measurements and species-level plot...

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article: satellite remote sensing in ecosystem risk assessments

Murray et al. published an interesting article on “The role of satellite remote sensing in structured ecosystem risk assessments”. Summary of the abstract: Global conservation targets need standardized methods for monitoring the changing status of ecosystems. Remote sensing can deliver ecologically needed and especially, long-term datasets for the analysis of changes in ecosystem extent or structure at various temporal and spatial scales. The authors review the relevance of remote sensing for assessing changes of ecosystems. Please read the full article at:...

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LiDAR and conservation guidelines

WWF-UK has compiled easy-to-read guidelines related to the practical use of LiDAR remote sensing in conservation and ecological research. The main argument behind creating these guidelines was that as vegetation and terrain structure has been known to determine habitat quality, lidar could/should be used more widely in these disciplines as it provides data about this structure on a sub-meter scale. Especially since nowadays numerous countries are making their nationwide lidar datasets open-access. In a nutshell, the guidelines introduce lidar, help one decide if it is right for their needs and then provide key information needed when using it: programs...

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publication on roadless areas and their conservation status

Pierre Ibisch and colleagues published in Science a global map of roadless areas and their conservation status. Roads are threatening the integrity of the landscape and cause damage to habitat and wildlife. Only small areas on our planet are unaffected by roads and the remaining “wild” patches are not greater than 100km² as Ibisch and colleagues showed. From the abstract: “The planet’s remaining large and ecologically important tracts of roadless areas sustain key refugia for biodiversity and provide globally relevant ecosystem services. Applying a 1-kilometer buffer to all roads, we present a global map of roadless areas and an...

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