The book will provide an overview of the practical application of remote sensing for the purposes of nature conservation as developed by ecologists in collaboration with remote sensing specialists, providing guidance on all phases from the planning of remote sensing projects for conservation to the interpretation and validation of the images.
Dr. Ricardo Diaz-Delgado, CSIC-Estación Biológica de Doñana EBD, Sevilla, SpainProf. Richard Lucas, The University of New South Wales, School of Bio., Earth, Env. Science, Kensington, AustraliaDr. Clive Hurford, Natural Resources Wales, Pembroke Wales, United Kingdom
Part I: An Introduction to Remote Sensing Tools for Habitat Mapping and Monitoring
1. Introducing the Book "The Roles of Remote Sensing in Nature Conservation"
2. Towards a Mature Age of Remote Sensing for Natura 2000 Habitat Conservation: Poor method transferability as a prime obstacle
3. Pre-processing of Remotely Sensed Imagery
4. Long-term Ecological Monitoring at Landscape Scale for Nature Conservation: The example of Doñana protected area
Part II: Habitat Case Studies
5. NILS - A Nationwide Inventory Program for Monitoring the Conditions and Changes of the Swedish Landscape
6. Mapping Coastal Habitats in Wales
7. Integrated Monitoring for Biodiversity Using Remote Sensing: From local to regional
8. Sub-pixel Mapping of Doñana Shrubland Species
Part III Species-driven Remote Sensing and New Technologies Studies
9. Mapping the Distribution of Understorey Rhododendron ponticum Using Low-tech Multispectral UAV Derived Imagery
10. The Potential of UAV Derived Image Features for Discriminating Savannah Tree Species
11. A Toolbox for Remotely Monitoring Large Carnivores in Sweden
12. Coupling Field Sampling with Earth Observation Increases Understanding of Tiger Movement and Behaviour
13. Improving the Accuracy of Bird Counts Using Manual and Automated Counts in ImageJ: An Open-Source Image Processing Program
14. Using UAVs to Map Aquatic Bird Colonies
Part IV Looking Ahead Through Current Research Projects and Expected Advances
15. The Integrated Land Cover and Change Classifications
16. Expected Advances In a Rapidly Developing Work Area
During recent decades, a rapid increase in available data sources has enabled researchers to develop hundreds of new remote sensing applications: data provided by new sensors attached to satellites, aircrafts and drones. However, a major challenge remains unresolved: how to transfer the knowledge of these technological advances to conservation practitioners and facilitate access to the remote sensing products that are currently available. In this volume, we illustrate the ability of new technologies, such as drones, camera traps or miniaturized sensors, to enhance our information on habitat condition, species occurrence, invasive species mapping or biodiversity.
There are several case studies from Natura 2000 and LTER sites: these were designed to meet the requirements of the EC Birds and Habitats Directives and the commitments associated with the EU Biodiversity Strategy, including regular habitat assessments. The authors of this volume, who work for different conservation and research agencies, provide a practical perspective on how remote sensing applications can benefit these long-term monitoring or surveillance programs.
With these requirements in mind, the time is now right for conservation ecologists, researchers, technicians, managers, policy makers and practitioners to embrace the new technologies and products that are available from the remote sensing community.