zebra_africa_wegmannThe International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) will take place next year in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa 8-12 May 2017 under the overarching theme “Earth Observation for Development and Adaptation to a Changing World”

A special session on “Ecology and Conservation” is organized and abstract can be submitted before November 24th.

Please submit your abstract via this link and choose the respective special session:

Session description and goal

Remote sensing is an important tool for improving our understanding of ecological condition and trends, along with drivers of biodiversity change such as human expansions. It is also increasingly a management tool in conservation. The session aims to highlight the potential of remote sensing for ecological research and conservation applications aimed at improving linkages between these two communities, and also serving to better integrate remote sensing science into the full spectrum of ecological research and conservation applications. Based on experiences at other scientific conferences (e.g. the last ISRSE, the International Congress for Conservation Biology, the Zoological Society of London symposium on conservation remote sensing) we know that there is strong community interest in these topics. The session(s) will focus on the use of remote sensing for:

  • characterizing biodiversity patterns
  • examining changes in biodiversity patterns
  • providing links between the processes driving these patterns
  • highlighting areas of land cover change (priority areas for conservation action)
  • designing marine and terrestrial protected areas
  • assessing conservation success
  • estimating the potential for the reintroduction of species
  • anticipating human-wildlife conflicts

We envisage that the audience and presentations for this session will be more applied and focus on practical examples of integrating remotesensing into daily conservation work by practitioners in the field.

organized by Helen de Klerk, Martin Wegmann and Zuzi Jonas