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British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2016 Thematic Session

Europe's Earth observation Sentinels - new opportunities for ecology

12th December 2016 @ 15:15-17:15

ACC, Liverpool

Chair: Professor Paul Aplin, Edge Hill University

Ecological and environmental analysis is inherently spatial in nature, and investigations can often extend over large spatial extents. The benefits (and limitations) of remote sensing in ecology are well known; users now have free access to a 40 year archive of Landsat imagery enabling medium resolution mapping, monitoring and modelling of land cover, habitats and ecosystems. We are currently entering a new era of European Earth observation, with the development of a series of Sentinel missions, a central strand of the EU’s long-term environmental monitoring strategy. These Sentinels will provide a suite of advanced remote sensing instruments, delivering a continuous source of frequent, high resolution images of the Earth’s surface. Moreover, these data will be free for all users. The Sentinels offer incredible opportunity for ecological and environmental science. Sentinels-1 and -2 are now delivering high quality data, and early scientific results using these data sources have demonstrated their significant potential in the discipline of ecology, including application to natural resource management, biodiversity and climate change. Further missions are scheduled to ensure data continuity until the late 2020s and beyond. Collectively, the Sentinels will provide an unrivalled portfolio of Earth observation data, providing spatially and spectrally detailed, and temporally frequent, imagery that can be applied to map, model and monitor a vast range of ecological phenomena. There are very considerable opportunities for collaboration between the ecology and remote sensing communities, and this topic provides a perfect mechanism to combine to mutual purpose.

PLENARY: Dr Gebhard Banko, Environment Agency Austria A land information system for Austria driven by Sentinel data
Dr Geoff Smith, Spectro Natura Intermediate Sentinel products for the exploitation of EO within habitat mapping and ecosystem assessment
Dr Katie Medcalf, Environment Systems Use of Sentinel data for natural capital assessment
Professor Peter Atkinson, Lancaster University Creating daily Sentinel-2 time-series to investigate fine spatial resolution vegetation phenology
Dr Chris Marston, Edge Hill University Can't see the scrub for the trees: woody habitat discrimination in heterogeneous African landscapes using time-series Sentinel-1 data
Professor Mark Danson, University of Salford Sentinel-2 maps fuel moisture dynamics in upland vegetation
Dr Clare Rowland, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Habitat Sentinels: automated monitoring of the UK landscape

Organised by the Northwest Earth Observation Network (NEON), with support from the British Ecological Society, Environment Systems, Specto Natura, Sterling Geo and the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society.


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