SS 19 - How Can Current and Future Satellite Missions Advance Biodiversity Science? a Discussion of Current Tools and Future Ideas.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
B110-111, Oregon Convention Center
Kyla M. Dahlin, Michigan State University
Phoebe L. Zarnetske, Michigan State University; and Sydne Record, Bryn Mawr College
In light of rapid global change, a major challenge for biodiversity scientists is to generate robust models that describe and predict biodiversity in space and time, from which hotspots (highs) and coldspots (lows) of biodiversity change may indicate rapid and gradual shifts in ecosystem functions and services. There are a number of NASA products beyond MODIS and Landsat reflectance and band ratios that have the potential to transform regional-scale ecological studies of biodiversity, yet they are rarely used in the ecological literature. In this Special Session we will discuss current links between biodiversity science and remote sensing, proposed future satellite missions, and novel uses of existing remote sensing products, like those measuring precipitation, soil moisture, topography, ground water, and other Earth properties. We aim for a small amount of presentation and lots of time for discussion among the participants.
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