IGN 14 - Connecting Remote Sensing to Biodiversity Science in the Anthropocene

Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
C124, Oregon Convention Center
Sydne Record, Bryn Mawr College
Phoebe L. Zarnetske, Michigan State University; and Kyla M. Dahlin, Michigan State University
Quentin D. Read, Michigan State University
Biodiversity is essential for ecosystem functioning and the provisioning of ecosystem services. Global change threatens biodiversity in many parts of the globe. Thus, a major goal for society is to explain and forecast patterns of biodiversity. A key component of this goal is to determine how geophysical and biological drivers influence biodiversity across spatial and temporal scales – often through modeling. However, current modeling approaches lack crucial information. For example, most models forecasting changes to biodiversity assume that coarse-scale climate and weather drivers – temperature and precipitation – are sole drivers and leave out other potentially important geophysical and biological drivers. In addition, the influence of these drivers may change from local to continental-scale biodiversity patterns, and over short vs. long timescales. Finally, different forms of biodiversity including taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional diversity may exhibit different scaling relationships owing to a range of mechanisms. This session brings together researchers in biodiversity science and remote sensing to ask the question: How are remote sensing tools advancing biodiversity science in the face of global change? These Ignite talks will introduce a number of concepts and research tools that will then be discussed further in an evening Special Session, which will contribute to detailed recommendations for derived NASA remote sensing data products that will be of greatest use to biodiversity scientists.
 Connecting biodiversity, geodiversity, and remote sensing across scales
Sydne Record, Bryn Mawr College; Phoebe L. Zarnetske, Michigan State University; Kyla M. Dahlin, Michigan State University; Jennifer K. Costanza, North Carolina State University; Andrew O. Finley, Michigan State University; Keith Gaddis, NASA; John M Grady, Bryn Mawr College; Martina L. Hobi, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Andrew M. Latimer, University of California Davis; Sparkle Malone, USDA Forest Service; Scott Ollinger, University of New Hampshire; Stephanie Pau, Florida State University; Quentin D. Read, Michigan State University; Woody Turner, NASA; Adam M. Wilson, University at Buffalo
 Estimating forest diversity with hyperspectral data
Monica Papes, University of Tennessee
 Hyperspectral remote sensing: Unlocking process in a marine foundation species
Tom W. Bell, University of California, Los Angeles; David A. Siegel, University of California, Santa Barbara
 Monitoring dimensions of biodiversity in a mega-diverse region of Southern Africa: From traits to communities to ecosystems
Adam M. Wilson, University at Buffalo, State University of New York; John A. Silander, University of Connecticut; Cory Merow, University of Connecticut; Jasper A. Slingsby, South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON); Henry A. Frye, University of Connecticut
 Moving towards a Global Biodiversity Observatory
Ryan P. Pavlick, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; David S. Schimel, Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology; Frank W. Davis, University of California, Santa Barbara; Gregory P. Asner, Carnegie Institution for Science; Genevieve Burgess, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Kyle C. Cavanaugh, University of California, Los Angeles; Jeannine Cavender-Bares, University of Minnesota; Stuart J. Davies, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; Ralph Dubayah, University of Maryland; Liane Guild, NASA Ames Research Center; Daniel Jensen, University of California, Los Angeles; Walter Jetz, Yale University; Paul Moorcroft, Harvard University; Helene C Muller-Landau, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; Philip A. Townsend, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Zhihui Wang, University of Wisconsin - Madison
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