Connecting Earth observation to high-throughput biodiversity data

Bush, A. et al. (2017) Connecting Earth observation to high-throughput biodiversity data. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 0176. (doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0176)

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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:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cobbold, Dr Christina and Reeve, Dr Richard and Matthews, Professor Louise
Authors: Bush, A., Rahel, S., Wilting, A., Kristine, B., Cole, B., Balzter, H., Martius, C., Zlinszky, A., Calvignac-Spencer, S., Cobbold, C. A., Dawson, T. P., Emerson, B. C., Ferrier, S., Gilbert, M. T. P., Herold, M., Jones, L., Leendertz, F. H., Matthews, L., Millington, J. D.A., Olson, J. R., Ovaskainen, O., Raffaelli, D., Reeve, R., Rödel, M.-O., Rodgers, T. W., Snape, S., Visseren-Hamakers, I., Wogler, A. P., White, P. C.L., Wooster, M. J., and Yu, D. W.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Mathematics
Journal Name:Nature Ecology and Evolution
Publisher:Nature
ISSN:2397-334X
ISSN (Online):2397-334X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Nature Publications
First Published:First published in Nature Ecology and Evolution 1:0176
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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