The ability to anticipate the impacts of global environmental changes on natural resources is fundamental to designing appropriate and optimized adaptation and mitigation strategies. However, this requires the scientific community to have access to large scale, reliable information on spatio-temporal changes in the distribution of abiotic conditions and on the distribution, structure, composition and functioning of ecosystems; as well as on the effectiveness of various management actions. The potential for satellite remote sensing to provide access to some of this key data has been highlighted by many, through offering repeatable, standardised and verifiable information directly relevant to the monitoring and management of our natural capital. Satellite Remote Sensing and the Management of Natural Resources demonstrates how ecological knowledge and satellite-based information can be effectively combined to address a wide array of current natural resource management needs. By focusing on concrete applied examples in both the marine and terrestrial realms, it will help pave the way for developing enhanced levels of collaboration between the ecological and remote sensing communities, as well as shaping their future research directions.
1: Understanding satellite remote sensing
2: Satellite-based monitoring of biodiversity
3: Satellite remote sensing and natural disturbances
4: Satellite remote sensing and anthropogenic pressures on biodiversity
5: Satellite remote sensing and the management of invasive species
6: Satellite remote sensing and the management of protected areas
7: Satellite remote sensing and the management of wild species and habitats
8: Satellite remote sensing to support agriculture and forestry
9: Satellite remote sensing, environmental quality and human health and wellbeing
10: Satellite remote sensing in the policy sphere
11: Future directions and challenges ahead
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. Her research interests focus on the use of remote sensing technology to broaden our ecological understanding of ecosystems found in remote and under-studied regions of the world. She is the editor-in-chief of Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation and a senior editor for Journal of Applied Ecology. Nathalie has published several books and over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals on the topic of biodiversity monitoring, conservation, and wildlife management.