Workshop 1 GLOBIS-B

March 14, 2016

Major progress on global biodiversity observation system During a three day workshop in Germany scientists and technical and legal experts made great steps towards the development of a cooperative and global monitoring system for changes in biodiversity. The workshop, which was a breakthrough in global collaboration, was organized for the

“Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists – Using OS software”

February 4, 2016

All practical examples in this book rely on OpenSource software and freely available data sets. Quantum GIS (QGIS) is introduced for basic GIS data handling, and in-depth spatial analytics and statistics are conducted with the software package R. Readers will learn how to apply remote sensing within ecological research projects,

Tracking invasive species from space with SaMovar

December 20, 2015

SaMovar (Satellite-based Monitoring of invasive species in central-Chile) Chile has a large number of endemic species due to its isolated location caused by the Andean mountain range in the East and the Pacific in the West. Chile is therefore listed as one of the biodiversity hots-spots of the Planet. At the

Global Database on Biological Field Stations

December 20, 2015

We are facing global challenges such as climate change, land-use alteration, biodiversity loss, and the formation of novel ecosystems and communities. To understand the causes and consequences requires support from global monitoring programs and shared research infrastructure. Biological field stations (BFS) constitute a global network for long-term environmental monitoring and

Connecting the Dots

December 14, 2015

Please have a look at the special Issue: “Connecting the Dots: Integrating Biodiversity Observations to Better Track the CBD 2020 Targets” involving a number of GEO BON authors

GEO-XII Plenary & Mexico City Ministerial Summit

December 5, 2015

The GEO Plenary in Mexico City 9-13th November 2015, was a key event not only for GEO but also for GEO BON. See documents here There had been many very interesting side events at the GEO Plenary and GEO, which has now 100 member states has experienced a strong support

Launch of BON in a Box

November 20, 2015

The beta version of BON in a Box (Biodiversity Observation Network in a Box) was launched in November at two events: the Convention on Biological Diversity’s SBSTTA19 meeting in Montreal, Canada and the Group on Earth Observation’s XII Plenary and Ministerial in Mexico City. BON in a Box ( is