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How Essential Biodiversity Variables and remote sensing can help national biodiversity monitoring

15 May 2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, SYKE

Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) have been suggested to harmonize biodiversity monitoring worldwide. Vihervaara, P. et al. studied how well Finland’s current biodiversity state indicators correspond with EBVs, and how national biodiversity monitoring could be improved by using available remote sensing (RS) applications.

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Rapidly emerging new technologies from drones to airborne laser scanning and new satellite sensors providing imagery with very high resolution (VHR) open a whole new world of opportunities for monitoring the state of biodiversity and ecosystems at low cost. Along with RS opportunities our analysis revealed also some needs to develop the EBV framework itself, especially to cover ecosystem functioning more comprehensively.

"How Essential Biodiversity Variables and remote sensing can help national biodiversity monitoring" by Vihervaara, P. et al. was published in the Global Ecology and Conservation.

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