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Satellite remote sensing for applied ecologists: opportunities and challenges

Pettorelli, Nathalie and Laurance, William and O'Brien, Timothy G. and Wegmann, Martin and Nagendra, Harini and Turner, Woody (2014) Satellite remote sensing for applied ecologists: opportunities and challenges. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51 (4), pp. 839-848. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12261. ISSN 0021-8901.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12261


1. Habitat loss and degradation, overexploitation, climate change and the spread of invasive species are drastically depleting the Earth’s biological diversity, leading to detrimental impacts on ecosystem services and human well-being. 2. Our ability to monitor the state of biodiversity and the impacts of global environmental change on this natural capital is fundamental to designing effective adaptation and mitigation strategies for preventing further loss of biological diversity. This requires the scientific community to assess spatio-temporal changes in the distribution of abiotic conditions (e.g. temperature, rainfall) and in the distribution, structure, composition and functioning of ecosystems. 3. The potential for satellite remote sensing (SRS) to provide key data has been highlighted by many researchers, with SRS offering repeatable, standardized and verifiable information on long-term trends in biodiversity indicators. SRS permits one to address questions on scales inaccessible to ground-based methods alone, facilitating the development of an integrated approach to natural resource management, where biodiversity, pressures to biodiversity and consequences of management decisions can all be monitored. 4. Synthesis and applications. Here, we provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the prospects of satellite remote sensing (SRS) for ecological applications, reviewing established avenues and highlighting new research and technological developments that have a high potential to make a difference in environmental management. We also discuss current barriers to the ecological application of SRS-based approaches and identify possible ways to overcome some of these limitations.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/91663/
Document Type:Article
Title:Satellite remote sensing for applied ecologists: opportunities and challenges
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Pettorelli, Nathalienathalie.pettorelli (at) ioz.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Laurance, WilliamCentre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science and School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Cairns, Qld, AustraliaUNSPECIFIED
O'Brien, Timothy G.Wildlife Conservation Society, Mpala Research Centre, Nanyuki, KenyaUNSPECIFIED
Wegmann, Martinmartin.wegmann (at) uni-wuerzburg.deUNSPECIFIED
Nagendra, HariniAzim Premji University, Bangalore, IndiaUNSPECIFIED
Turner, WoodyEarth Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USAUNSPECIFIED
Date:6 May 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Applied Ecology
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1111/1365-2664.12261
Page Range:pp. 839-848
Keywords:Biodiversity, Earth Observation, Environmental Management, Natural Capital, Sensor, Technology, Wildlife Management
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Geoscientific remote sensing and GIS methods
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center
Deposited By: Wöhrl, Monika
Deposited On:12 Dec 2014 14:51
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:30

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