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Connecting Earth Observation to High-Throughput Biodiversity Data

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JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
DateAccepted/In press - 27 Apr 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 22 Jun 2017
Issue number0176
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)1-9
Early online date22/06/17
Original languageEnglish


There is much interest in using Earth Observation (EO) technology to track biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and ecosystem services, understandable given the fast pace of biodiversity loss. However, because most biodiversity is invisible to EO, EO-based indicators could be misleading, which can reduce the effectiveness of nature conservation and even unintentionally decrease conservation effort. We describe an approach that combines automated recording devices, high-throughput DNA sequencing, and modern ecological modelling to extract much more of the information available in EO data. This approach is achievable now, 62 offering efficient and near-real time monitoring of management impacts on biodiversity and its functions and services.

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