Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring?

This symposium will bring together leading experts in biodiversity monitoring and satellite remote sensing to discuss ways to better capitalise on this technology to monitor biological diversity globally.

Societal, economic and scientific interests in mapping biodiversity, measuring how biodiversity is faring, and asking what can be done to efficiently mitigate further biodiversity loss are at an all-time high.

Biodiversity is, however, a complex, multidimensional concept that has proven hard to track globally. Among the variety of methodologies likely to deliver global monitoring options for capturing and understanding change in biological diversity, Satellite Remote Sensing has been highlighted as displaying considerable potential. Reasons for this include the fact that SRS can (i) provide global coverage that spans multiple decades; (ii) inform on the loss of biological diversity at a wide range of scales in a consistent, borderless, repeatable and rapid manner; and (iii) support a dynamic approach to environmental and wildlife management.

Although satellite-based variables have for long been expected to be key components to a unified and global biodiversity monitoring strategy, how to plug satellite information into existing monitoring frameworks is still debated.

This one-day symposium on the 29th of April 2016 will:

  • Demonstrate the increasing importance of integrating technological developments with biodiversity monitoring initiatives.
  • Present new interdisciplinary frameworks for better capitalising on satellite remote sensing technology to monitor biodiversity and report on changes in biological diversity globally.
  • Debate implications for policy and practice.

Early-career researchers are particularly encouraged to attend.

The event will feature:

  • A poster competition with personal feedback provided by the speakers for all entries.
  • A raffle for individual attendees to win a free lunch with all of the individual speakers.
  • A workshop on scientific writing offered to all attendees and organised by the journal Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation editorial team.

Organised by Nathalie Pettorelli, ZSL

Confirmed speakers include:

Mat Disney, UCL
Doreen Boyd, Nottingham University
Gary Geller, Group on Earth Observations
Lucas Joppa, Microsoft Research
Emily Nicholson, Deakin University
Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, ZSL
Duccio Rocchini, GIS and Remote Sensing Unit at Fondazione Edmund Mach
Shovonlol Roy, Reading University
Martin Wegmann, Würzburg University

 

more details at: https://www.zsl.org/science/whats-on/space-the-final-frontier-for-biodiversity-monitoring