Connecting Earth observation to high-throughput biodiversity data

Bush, Alex, Sollmann, Rahel, Wilting, Andreas, Bohmann, Kristine, Cole, Beth, Balzter, Heiko, Martius, Christopher, Zlinszky, András, Calvignac-Spencer, Sébastien, Cobbold, Christina A., Dawson, Terence P., Emerson, Brent C., Ferrier, Simon, Gilbert, M. Thomas P., Herold, Martin, Jones, Laurence, Leendertz, Fabian H., Matthews, Louise, Millington, James D.A., Olson, John R., Ovaskainen, Otso, Raffaelli, Dave, Reeve, Richard, Rödel, Mark-Oliver, Rodgers, Torrey W., Snape, Stewart, Visseren-Hamakers, Ingrid, Vogler, Alfried P., White, Piran C.L., Wooster, Martin J. and Yu, Douglas W. (2017) Connecting Earth observation to high-throughput biodiversity data. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2017 (1). ISSN 2397-334X

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Abstract

Understandably, given the fast pace of biodiversity loss, there is much interest in using Earth observation technology to track biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services. However, because most biodiversity is invisible to Earth observation, indicators based on Earth observation could be misleading and reduce the effectiveness of nature conservation and even unintentionally decrease conservation effort. We describe an approach that combines automated recording devices, high-throughput DNA sequencing and modern ecological modelling to extract much more of the information available in Earth observation data. This approach is achievable now, offering efficient and near-real-time monitoring of management impacts on biodiversity and its functions and services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biodiversity,conservation biology,decision making,ecosystem services,environmental impact
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2017 05:09
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 23:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63344
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0176

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