IGN 14-8 - Monitoring dimensions of biodiversity in a mega-diverse region of Southern Africa: From traits to communities to ecosystems

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
C124, Oregon Convention Center
Adam M. Wilson1, John A. Silander2, Cory Merow2, Jasper A. Slingsby3 and Henry A. Frye4, (1)Geography, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, (2)Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, (3)Fynbos Node, South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), (4)Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Mansfield, CT
The Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR) of South Africa includes marine and terrestrial biomes with species diversity rivaling mega-diverse tropical rainforests in a compact area (300x700km). Extinction risk studies suggest that GCFR species are among the most vulnerable to climate change over the next 50 years. We are developing a notional NASA field campaign to measure and monitor the distribution and abundance of biodiversity with new remotely-sensed data and the rich historical data in this region. The field campaign would enable interdisciplinary research into the drivers and mechanisms of changing biodiversity, disturbance, post-fire recovery, freshwater provisioning, and other ecosystem services.