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Building capacity in remote sensing for conservation: present and future challenges

Palumbo, Ilaria and Rose, Robert A. and Headley, Rachel and Nackoney, Janet and Vodacek, Anthony and Wegmann, Martin (2017) Building capacity in remote sensing for conservation: present and future challenges. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 3 (1), pp. 21-29. Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/rse2.31 ISSN 2056-3485

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Abstract

Remote sensing (RS) has made significant contributions to conservation and ecology; however, direct use of RS-based information for conservation decision making is currently very limited. In this paper, we discuss the reasons and challenges associated with using RS technology by conservationists and suggest how training in RS for conservationists can be improved. We present the results from a survey organized by the Conservation Remote Sensing Network to understand the RS expertise and training needs of various categories of professionals involved in conservation research and implementation. The results of the survey highlight the main gaps and priorities in the current RS data and technology among conservation practitioners from academia, institutions, NGOs and industry. We suggest training to be focused around conservation questions that can be addressed using RS-derived information rather than training pure RS methods which are beyond the interest of conservation practitioners. We highlight the importance of developing essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) and how this can be achieved by increasing the RS capacity of the conservation community. Moreover, we suggest that open-source software is adopted more widely in the training modules to facilitate access to RS data and products in developing countries, and that online platforms providing mapping tools should also be more widely distributed. We believe that improved RS capacity among conservation scientists will be essential to improve conservation efforts on the ground and will make the conservation community a key player in the definition of future RS-based products that serve conservation and ecological needs.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111341/
Document Type:Article
Title:Building capacity in remote sensing for conservation: present and future challenges
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Palumbo, IlariaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rose, Robert A.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Headley, RachelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nackoney, JanetUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vodacek, AnthonyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wegmann, Martinmartin.wegmann (at) uni-wuerzburg.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2017
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:3
DOI :10.1002/rse2.31
Page Range:pp. 21-29
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:2056-3485
Status:Published
Keywords:Remote sensing, Conservation, ecology
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Geowissenschaftl. Fernerkundungs- und GIS-Verfahren
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center
Deposited By: Wöhrl, Monika
Deposited On:09 Mar 2017 11:24
Last Modified:16 Jul 2019 05:03

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