Author: Remote Sensing Biodiversity

Workshop: Sourcebook for biodiversity monitoring in tropical forests

The Global Observation of Forest Cover and Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) Land Cover Project Office and the GEO BON in cooperation with CEOS (CEOS Biodiversity) have started an initiative aimed to develop a sourcebook on biodiversity monitoring in tropical forests. Our objective is to provide the tropical forest biodiversity monitoring community with a living document (updated every year) that reports on the methods and standards on the use of remote sensing data associated with field information, in the context of the United Nations conventions (UNCBD, UNFCCC). The first (by invitation only) workshop will be organized as a side-event at the RS for Conservation Symposium*, on May 24, 2014. Surveys have indicated a relatively low use of remote sensing data for biodiversity monitoring and conservation purposes, particularly in developing countries. The development of a sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring biodiversity in forested areas in association with the REDD+ mechanism can be a means to address this issue. The main reasons for starting such an initiative are: to increase visibility and recognition of the issue of biodiversity loss, to promote use of remote sensing data associated with field information for biodiversity monitoring in tropical forests, to support capacity development initiatives and awareness on use of RS-based technologies, to provide up-to-date scientific and technical guidance on how to use RS-based technologies for biodiversity monitoring, to address the need for a living...

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workshop in Myanmar on environmental conservation

A strategic planning workshop (by invitation only) will take place in Naypyidaw, Myanmar from 17-21 June, 2013 in order to discuss the potential of geospatial technologies such as remote sensing to monitor and analyse changes of Myanmars natural resources.   Geospatial Analysis Training and Strategic Planning Workshop in Myanmar Jointly organized by Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar The Smithsonian Institution, USA World Wildlife Fund 17-21 June 2013   In collaboration with the GIS Section of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with the cooperation of the Green Economy Green Growth – Myanmar (not for profit) Association (GEGG), a Geospatial Analysis Training and Strategic Planning Workshop will take place in Naypyidaw from 17-21 June, 2013. Geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing analysis provide powerful tools for analyzing and monitoring changes in the environment at local and landscape scale. For the workshop, partner institutions including NASA SERVIR and ICIMOD, CEOS Biodiversity @ German Aerospace Center and Department of Remote Sensing, Uni Wuerzburg, and the American Museum of Natural History will jointly discuss the challenges and options for remote sensing and the natural resources of Myanmar. The training will introduce powerful open source tools and are designed specifically for conservation biology research, wildlife management applications, and natural resource management. These techniques are...

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AniMove summerschool

This Summer School provides you with profound knowledge of remote sensing and species distribution and animal movement within conservation. It includes hand-on exercises ranging from land cover and species distribution analysis to modeling of animal movement. +++ application dead-line expired – visit for updates on further summer schools +++     This Summer School includes hand-on exercises ranging from land cover and species distribution analysis to modeling of animal movement. Talks by conservationists and field work (GPS tracking) will be part of the Summer School as well. The analysis of remote sensing data, the linkages with in-situ (animal...

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workshop: The 10 highest priority conservation challenges that can be best addressed using remote sensing

This invitation-only workshop will bring together remote sensing scientists and conservationists for an intensive 5 day meeting.  The objective of the workshop is to develop a list of «top ten» questions and will be the first step in the formation of a more organized conservation remote sensing community that will bring together academics, government scientists and conservationists for ongoing discussions and collaborations focusing on applied remote sensing and conservation. NASA funded WCS workshop: “The 10 highest priority conservation challenges that can be best addressed using remote sensing.” The workshop will take place at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center ( in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, during the week of January 7th, 2013. Organised by: Robert Rose (WCS) David Wilkie (WCS) Participants: Woody Turner (NASA) Allison Leidner (NASA) Gary Geller (NASA) Peter Leimgruber (Smithsonian) Matt Hansen (UMD) Sassan Saatchi (NASA-JPL) Martin Wegmann (Uni Wue, CEOS @ DLR) Lilian  (jane Goodall Institute, JGI) Ana Prados (UMBC) Beth Kaplin (Antioch) Erica Fleishman (UC Davies) John Musinsky (NEON) Karyn Tabor (Conservation International) Lilian Pintea (Jane Goodall Institute) Liane Guild (NASA) Ned Horning (AMNH) Rachel Headley (USGS) Scott Goetz (WHRC) Nadine LaPorte (WHRC) Tony Vodacek (CIS) Volker Radeloff (WISC) Tim Boucher...

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workshop: remote sensing for biodiversity

The aim of the CEOS SBA Biodiversity Workshop was to provide feedback to the CEOS Societal Benefit Area on Biodiversity as to how satellite remote sensing (RS) can address the needs of the terrestrial biodiversity research and conservation applications communities. The workshop revealed several challenges and opportunities regarding the use of satellite remote sensing in biodiversity research and conservation applications. The CEOS SBA Biodiversity Workshop took place from the 8th to 10th of October 2012 in Munich at DLR (Workshop announcement) funded by DLR and D-GEO. The organisators decided to aim at a max. 15 participant “collaboration” workshop in order to facilitate discussions and development of new approaches in contrast to oral presentations within a full grown workshop or symposium. Due to the very promising result of this approach, which managed to successfully engage all participants and define remote sensing needs in a collaborative environment, several follow-up collaborative workshops are planned. The general findings of this workshop are listed here as well as the link to the whole workshop report. This workshop also provides feedback to the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) as it defines Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs). It was organised by: N. Pettorelli (ZSL), W. Turner and A. Leidner (NASA), P. Leimgruber (SCBI) and M. Wegmann (LMU, CEOS @ DLR) contact: martin.wegmann AT   Data access:   Development of user-friendly, intuitive, and...

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