Satellites monitor impact of climate change on ecosystems

Ecology Indicators

If you are interested in ecosystems and conservation and how remote sensing can be used as a monitoring tool then you might be interested to read a paper published today in Ecological Indicators.

Tracking the effect of climate change on ecosystem functioning using protected areas: Africa as a case study hows how remote sensing has helped scientists assess the imapct of climate change on the ecosystem. Remote sensing allows you to analyse places you cannot easily access and to monitor areas much larger than you could hope to using ground based techniques.  The researchers used this to their advantage to monitor inaccessible areas that were largely untouched by human activity.  Removing the effect of humans means that changes in response to climate change should be more evident.  The study looked at 168 sites and analysed data from a 27 year period, giving this study good temporal and spatial coverage.

To find out what the study concluded follow the link below to access the current issue of Ecological Indicators, which is handily Open Access.

Tracking the effect of climate change on ecosystem functioning using protected areas: Africa as a case study – Ecological Indicators Vol 20, September 2012

 

About Addy Pope

Addy is a member of the GeoData team at EDINA and work on services such as GoGeo, ShareGeo and the FieldtripGB app. Addy has over 10 years experience as a geospatial analyst. Addy tweets as @go_geo
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