Saving Earth’s biodiversity will rely on conservation, space agencies

Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on . . . .  Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.geneticliteracyproject.org

GR:  The argument for satellite remote sensing being necessary for conservation does not hold up.  Satellites cannot see conditions beneath forest tree canopies.  That’s where most of the biodiversity resides, and that’s where the soils that hold it all together lay.  Understory plants and soil microorganisms cannot be identified, counted, or assessed from space.  Direct space-program funding into on-the-ground surveys and get some useful information.  Before it’s all gone.

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Researchers Assisted By SDSC In Novel Wildlife Tracking Project–Not

A team including researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research has developed a novel methodology that for the first time combines 3D and advanced range estimator technologies to provide highly detailed data on the range and movements of terrestrial, aquatic, and avian wildlife species.

Source: www.redorbit.com

GR:  What a load. The field of ecology isn’t “entering the era of Big Data,” it’s entering he era of big extinction.  The technology and techniques this article describes are great except that we are entering a period of decline where the causes of decline, not the details of individual species condition and behavior should be the focus.  All the fine young remote sensors need to shift to lobbying and protesting big oil and calling for human population decline.