The activities of this new working group are closely related to those of the former WG3 but with a specific focus on characterizing Ecosystem Structure. In general, the WG focuses on measures of ecosystem state and how it is changing, including condition of and change in the structural components that maintain biodiversity characteristics. The WG develops new techniques and algorithms for earth observation from space in characterizing ecosystem structure and its change over time. Activities on Ecosystem function as well as species population and abundance related to EO will be coordinated with the Ecosystem Structure working group, particularly in regard to RS-EBVs.

About

Leads

Andrew K. Skidmore
University of Twente, Enschede
Matthew C. Hansen
University of Maryland

Key Objectives

  • Identify/agree on the subset of EBVs for which satellite remote sensing can play a key role in characterizing Ecosystem Structure and its change over time (RS-EBVs).
  • The WG will closely link and coordinate the development of RS-EBVs with working groups on

o Ecosystem function
o Species traits
o Species populations

  • Network with GEOBON WGs working on specific EBVs and offer remote sensing expertise
  • Encourage acquisition of the needed observations
  • Develop definitions and specifications
  • Facilitate implementation of product generation mechanisms
  • Engage user groups such as CBD SBSTTA, IPBES and NGOs on candidate RS-EBVs, solicit feedback, and get “buy-in”
  • Ensure the value of Ecosystem Structure products to users is clear and well-communicated; relevance to the Aichi targets and SDGs is of particular importance
Activities

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Data Products

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Documents & Publications
2017

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2016

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Members

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Resources

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