8th to 12th January, 2015 - Bayreuth, Germany

PS2 Tracking Changes from Space: Advances of Remote Sensing in Biogeography

Friday, 12:15-15:45, Audimax


  • Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Yale University, USA
  • Kate He, Murray State University, USA
  • Anna Cord, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany

A key problem that biogeographers and ecologists have strived to understand is the spatial patterns and temporal dynamics of the biota. In this age of climatic and land use changes and rapid rates of species extinctions, such knowledge has become an essential component for management and conservation. The synoptic view provided by earth-imaging sensors constitutes an important source of information on the distribution of habitats and biodiversity patterns at different spatial and temporal scales. The traditional approach to using these data has involved the classification of discrete land cover types which are then related to species distributions. A critical limitation of this approach is that many important dynamics are obscured as the variance is lost within arbitrary land cover classes. In recent years, novel analytical techniques and open source software have been developed that more fully exploit the spatial, spectral and temporal information content of remotely sensed imagery in order to quantify a broader range of ecosystem characteristics. This symposium features advances in the synoptic assessment of species distributions and biodiversity patterns including the development of methodologies for assessment, monitoring, and modeling, as well as their implications for management and conservation.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Bethany Bradley, University of Massachusetts, USA
    "Invaders from space: Remote sensing of invasive plants" 
  • Sebastian Schmidtlein, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany
    "What you can't expect from remote sensing"
  • Duccio Rocchini, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Dpt. Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology, GIS and Remote Sensing Unit, Italy
    "Advances in estimating species diversity by remote sensing: a challenge for Biogeography" 
  • Woody Turner, Program Scientist for Biological Diversity and Program Manager for Ecological Forecasting, NASA, USA
    "Remote Sensing for Biogeography: Networking Our Future"

12:15PS2.1: Woody Turner: Remote sensing for biogeography: Networking our future
12:45PS2.2: Duccio Rocchini: Advances in estimating species diversity by remote sensing: a challenge for biogeography
13:15Lunch (Mensa)
14:15PS2.3: Christine Wallis et al.: Benefits of multi-sensor remote sensing and image texture extraction for biodiversity mapping in the High Andes of Ecuador 
14:30PS2.4: Walter Jetz: Remote-sensing based prediction and monitoring of global species distributions
14:45PS2.5: Bethany Bradley: Invaders from space: Remote sensing of invasive plants
15:15PS2.6: Sebastian Schmidtlein: What you can't expect from remote sensing
15:45- CHANGE OF BUILDING - Coffee Break (Foyer RW I)

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PPS2.1 Michael Beckmann, Tomáš Václavík, Ameur Manceur, Henrik von Wehrden, Erik Welk, Anna Cord

glUV: a global UV-B radiation data set for macroecological studies

PPS2.2⚡ Palma Blonda, Maria Adamo, Cristina Tarantino, Richard Lucas, Valeria Tomaselli, Antonio Sigismondi, Paola Mairota

(Semi-) Natural grasslands monitoring from multi-seasonal Very High Resolution Earth Observation data (WorldView2):  achievemnts of the FP7 BIO_SOS project

PPS2.3⚡ Caroline Curtis, Bethany Bradley

Using time series of remotely sensed imagery to understand the dispersal dynamics of invasive species  

PPS2.4⚡ Michael Douglas, Rahama Beida

Artifacts in WORLDCLIM precipitation fields

PPS2.5 Fabian Fassnacht, Li Li, Andreas Fritz

Assessing avian species richness in the eastern Tibetian Plateau with multi-scale remote sensing data

PPS2.6 Michelle Greve

Vegetation types at large spatial scales. Can we predict where they meet?

PPS2.7⚡ Kate He, Nathalie Pettorelli, Bethany Bradley, Anna Cord, Duccio Rocchini, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Woody Turner, Martin Wegmann

Remote sensing to shape the next generation species distribution models

PPS2.8 Buho Hoshino, Kazuya Nishimura, Shunsuke Yabuki, Kiyotsugu Yoda, Hiroshi Yasuda, Hiroshi Nawata, Karamalla Abdelaziz, Suliman Mahgoub, Elgamri Mohamed

Remote sensing approach for evaluating the invasion strategic of Mesquite (Prosopis juliflora) in Sub-Saharan Africa

PPS2.9⚡ Emily Lines, Jose Gomez-Dans, Philip Lewis

Assimilation of Remote Sensing Data for Land Surface Models

PPS2.10⚡ Matteo Marcantonio, Baldacchino Frederic, Metz Markus, Rosà Roberto, Arnoldi Daniele, Kleinschmit Birgit, Förster Michael, Bussola Francesca, Montarsi Fabrizio, Capelli Gioia, Neteler Markus, Rizzoli Annapaola

Species distribution modelling of a new invasive mosquito in North East Italy: A Bayesian approach

PPS2.11 Katherine Mertes, Walter Jetz

Evaluating scale-dependence in species-environment relationships

PPS2.12⚡ Rasmus Revermann, Finckh Manfred, Stellmes Marion, Oldeland Jens

Using remotely sensed predictors for SDMs to explain distribution of canopy tree species of Miombo woodlands

PPS2.13⚡ Kim André Vanselow, Cyrus Samimi

Predictive mapping of dwarf shrub vegetation in an arid high mountain ecosystem using remote sensing and random forests

PPS2.14⚡ Adam Wilson, Walter Jetz

High-resolution global cloud dynamics for ecosystem and biodiversity monitoring

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