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Connecting Earth Observation to High-Throughput Biodiversity Data

Connecting Earth Observation to High-Throughput Biodiversity Data

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  • Alex Bush
  • Rahel Sollmann
  • Andreas Wilting
  • Kristine Bohmann
  • Beth Cole
  • Heiko Balzter
  • Christopher Martius
  • Andras Zlinszky
  • Sebastien Calvignac-Spencer
  • Christina A. Cobbold
  • Brent C. Emerson
  • Simon Ferrier
  • Thomas P. Gilbert
  • Martin Herold
  • Lawrence Jones
  • Fabian H. Leendertz
  • Louise Matthews
  • James D. A. Millington
  • John R. Olson
  • Otso Ovaskainen
  • Dave Raffaelli
  • Richard Reeve
  • Mark-Oliver Rodel
  • Torry W. Rodgers
  • Stewart Snape
  • Ingrid Visseren_Hamakers
  • Alfred P. Vogler
  • Piran C. L. White
  • Martin J. Wooster
  • Douglas W. Yu (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Original languageEnglish
Article number0176
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
StatePublished - 22 Jun 2017


There is much interest in using Earth Observation (EO) technology to track biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and ecosystem services, understandable given the fast pace of biodiversity loss. However, because most biodiversity is invisible to EO, EO-based indicators could be misleading, which can 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 EO data. This approach is achievable now, offering efficient and near-real-time monitoring of management impacts on biodiversity and its functions and services.

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