Integrating Biodiversity, Remote Sensing, and Auxiliary Information for the Study of Ecosystem Functioning and Conservation at Large Spatial Scales [chapter]

Franziska Schrodt, Betsabe de la Barreda Bautista, Christopher Williams, Doreen S. Boyd, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Maria J. Santos
<span title="">2020</span> <i title="Springer International Publishing"> Remote Sensing of Plant Biodiversity </i> &nbsp;
In the face to accelerated environmental change, being able to assess different aspects of plant biodiversity, such as those related to, e.g., the productivity or health of an ecosystem, repeatedly at large spatial scales, is increasingly important. The recent decade has seen an explosion of in-situ databases necessary to assess such patterns and processes, often cover large parts of the Earth (e.g., plant functional traits, phenology (PhenoCam networks)), and integrating this data with
more &raquo; ... sensed products enables assessment at critical scales which would otherwise be impossible or extremely costly to do. However, RS data comes with limitation of their own, and despite of the many opportunities offered by RS data, certain aspects and scales of biodiversity are currently not measurable using RS technology alone. Thus, the combination of RS, in-situ and other auxiliary data, provides the most powerful approach to assessing ecosystem functioning and conservation at large spatial scales.
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