new article on RS-EBVs

new article on RS-EBVs

April 4, 2016

rse215-fig-0001_pettorelli_rsec_srs-ebvour new article on “Framing the concept of satellite remote sensing essential biodiversity variables: challenges and future directions” just got published. It is linked to the previous article on RS-EBVs lead by Skidmore in NATURE.

 

Although satellite-based variables have for long been expected to be key components to a unified and global biodiversity monitoring strategy, a definitive and agreed list of these variables still remains elusive. The growth of interest in biodiversity variables observable from space has been partly underpinned by the development of the essential biodiversity variable (EBV) framework by the Group on Earth Observations – Biodiversity Observation Network, which itself was guided by the process of identifying essential climate variables. This contribution aims to advance the development of a global biodiversity monitoring strategy by updating the previously published definition of EBV, providing a definition of satellite remote sensing (SRS) EBVs and introducing a set of principles that are believed to be necessary if ecologists and space agencies are to agree on a list of EBVs that can be routinely monitored from space. Progress toward the identification of SRS-EBVs will require a clear understanding of what makes a biodiversity variable essential, as well as agreement on who the users of the SRS-EBVs are. Technological and algorithmic developments are rapidly expanding the set of opportunities for SRS in monitoring biodiversity, and so the list of SRS-EBVs is likely to evolve over time. This means that a clear and common platform for data providers, ecologists, environmental managers, policy makers and remote sensing experts to interact and share ideas needs to be identified to support long-term coordinated actions.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rse2.15/full

you may also like:

High alpine and snow training

High alpine and snow training

In collaboration with the German Alpine Club (DAV), Laura, one of our EAGLE students and Clara, a student assistant at our institute, recently participated in avalanche rescue training aimed at equipping individuals with essential skills and knowledge to respond...

New guest researcher from Senegal: Ousmane Badji

New guest researcher from Senegal: Ousmane Badji

We are delighted to welcome Ousmane BADJI, our newest guest scientist, to Würzburg. Since his arrival in January 2024, he has integrated seamlessly into our research community. Ousmane has a multidisciplinary background in Agroforestry and Ecology, encompassing both...

semester wrap-up by our latest EAGLE generation

semester wrap-up by our latest EAGLE generation

Our latest generation of EAGLEs just wrote a nice blog post summarizing their first months within the EAGLE program, outlining how they bonded and formed a group plus how they experienced their first earth observation courses within our international M.Sc. program:...