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By: Ned Horning, Julie E. Robinson, Eleanor J. Sterling, Woody Turner, and Sacha Spector
The work of conservation biology has grown from local studies of single species into a discipline concerned with mapping and managing biodiversity on a global scale. Remote sensing, using satellite and aerial imaging to measure and map the environment, increasingly provides a vital tool for effective collection of the information needed to research and set policy for conservation priorities. The perceived complexities of remotely sensed data and analyses have tended to discourage scientists and managers from using this valuable resource. This text focuses on making remote sensing tools accessible to a larger audience of non-specialists, highlighting strengths and limitations while emphasizing the ways that remotely sensed data can be captured and used, especially for evaluating human impacts on ecological systems. The book is structured around biomes (both terrestrial and aquatic), reflecting the approach and organization typically used in ecology and conservation biology. There is an emphasis on applications and case studies, with a focus on making remote sensing tools accessible to ecologists and conservation biologists. Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook for Techniques is available for purchase from Oxford University Press.