This book evaluates the past, present, and future suitability of giant panda habitat based on spatial observation technology involving optical remote sensing, microwave remote sensing, and LiDAR to discover the mysterious ecological environment of their habitat. Considering the problems of protecting world natural heritage sites, it takes an an exemplar the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries: Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains to systematically test the various techniques and methodologies of spatial information technology for monitoring, evaluation, and prediction of rare and endangered species habitats. It provides suggestions for the sustainable development of giant panda habitat based on a series of comprehensive case analyses at Wolong National Nature Reserve and Ya'an Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. The book serves both as a textbook in the field of natural heritage protection, remote sensing, and GIS application, as well as a reference for managing natural heritage sites.
Chapter 1. Natural heritage sites and space observation
Chapter 2. Space monitoring technology and method of natural heritage sites
Chapter 3. Technology and method of fine information extraction of animal habitat elements
Chapter 4. Analysis of changes of key environmental parameters of land surface characteristics of giant panda habitat
Chapter 5. Spatial observation and assessment of ecological environment change of giant panda habitat
Chapter 6. The evaluation model of long-term monitoring and restoration of ecological environment by remote sensing after earthquake
Chapter 7. Fine-Scale Evaluation of Giant Panda Habitats and Countermeasures against the Future Impacts of Climate Change
Chapter 8. Suggestions for sustainable development of giant panda habitat
Dr Xinyuan Wang is a Professor at the Aerospace Information Research Institute(AIR), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also serving as Deputy Director of the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the Auspices of UNESCO, Chair of the Digital Heritage Specialized Committee of China National Committee, International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), Co-Chair of the Heritage Working Group of the Digital Belt and Road Programme (DBAR), Member of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and Member of the world heritage Expert Committee of the State Forestry and Grass Administration of China. Prof. Wang is engaged in the research of remote sensing archaeology and digital heritage conservation and application. He had published more than 180 papers and 5 books and published Context Environment Map of World Cultural Heritage Sites along the Silk Road.
Dr Jing Zhen is an Associate Professor at the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR), Chinese Academy of Sciences. She was engaged in the research of remote sensing satellite data acquisition and remote sensing thematic information extraction for more than 20 years. She is also a Key Member of the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the Auspices of UNESCO. Recently, she mainly focused on research that evaluated and predicted the impact of climate change on the habitat of the giant panda. Based on multi-source remote sensing data and field verification, she has carried out fine-scale evaluations of giant panda habitats and countermeasures against the impacts of climate change. Relevant research results have been published in the sustainability of MDPI and the monograph Space Observation Techniques and Methods of Giant Panda Habitat published by Science Press. At present, Dr Zhen is looking forward to doing cooperative research with friends all over the world on the impact of climate change and contributing to the monitoring, protection, and sustainable development of world heritage sites.
Dr Qingkai Meng is a Professor at the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also serving as an Associate Fellow of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), a Key Member of the international network on landslide early warning systems (LandAware), and a Member of the European Geosciences Union(EGU). He was engaged in the research of landslide monitoring, recognition, early warning, and evaluation by interferometric SAR and multi-remote sensing analysis. He has carried out experiments on various landslide deformation mechanisms in giant panda world heritage sites, Loess Plateau, and Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. He has published more than 10 peer-reviewed papers with a high impact index. At present, Dr Meng is looking forward to doing cooperative research with friends all over the world on the science of landslides induced by climate change, especially in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and contributing to providing sustainable and consolidated monitoring strategies for risk mitigation and prevention.