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Satellite remote sensing of ecosystem functions: opportunities, challenges and way forward

Pettorelli, Nathalie, Schulte to Bühne, Henrike, Tulloch, Ayesha, Dubois, Gregoire, Macinnis-Ng, Cate, Queirós, Ana M., Keith, David A., Wegmann, Martin, Schrodt, Franziska, Stellmes, Marion, Sonnenschein, Ruth, Geller, Gary N., Roy, Shovonlal, Somers, Ben, Murray, Nicholas, Bland, Lucie, Geijzendorffer, Ilse, Duncan, Clare and Nicholson, Emily 2018, Satellite remote sensing of ecosystem functions: opportunities, challenges and way forward, Remote sensing in ecology and conservation, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 71-93, doi: 10.1002/rse2.59.

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Title Satellite remote sensing of ecosystem functions: opportunities, challenges and way forward
Author(s) Pettorelli, Nathalie
Schulte to Bühne, Henrike
Tulloch, Ayesha
Dubois, Gregoire
Macinnis-Ng, Cate
Queirós, Ana M.
Keith, David A.
Wegmann, Martin
Schrodt, Franziska
Stellmes, Marion
Sonnenschein, Ruth
Geller, Gary N.
Roy, Shovonlal
Somers, Ben
Murray, Nicholas
Bland, Lucie
Geijzendorffer, Ilse
Duncan, ClareORCID iD for Duncan, Clare orcid.org/0000-0001-5315-2997
Nicholson, EmilyORCID iD for Nicholson, Emily orcid.org/0000-0003-2199-3446
Contributor(s) Rowcliffe, M.
Disney, M.
Journal name Remote sensing in ecology and conservation
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 71
End page 93
Total pages 23
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2018-06
ISSN 2056-3485
Keyword(s) Biodiversity loss
biodiversity monitoring
ecosystem functions
ecosystem services
satellite remote sensing
Summary Societal, economic and scientific interests in knowing where biodiversity is, how it is faring and what can be done to efficiently mitigate further biodiversity loss and the associated loss of ecosystem services are at an all‐time high. So far, however, biodiversity monitoring has primarily focused on structural and compositional features of ecosystems despite growing evidence that ecosystem functions are key to elucidating the mechanisms through which biological diversity generates services to humanity. This monitoring gap can be traced to the current lack of consensus on what exactly ecosystem functions are and how to track them at scales beyond the site level. This contribution aims to advance the development of a global biodiversity monitoring strategy by proposing the adoption of a set of definitions and a typology for ecosystem functions, and reviewing current opportunities and potential limitations for satellite remote sensing technology to support the monitoring of ecosystem functions worldwide. By clearly defining ecosystem processes, functions and services and their interrelationships, we provide a framework to improve communication between ecologists, land and marine managers, remote sensing specialists and policy makers, thereby addressing a major barrier in the field.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/rse2.59
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102867

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