The Study Program “Unlocking a New Era in Biodiversity Science: Linking Integrated Space Based and In-Situ Observations” continued in March with the second workshop hosted by the Keck Institute for Space Studies at California Institute of Technology.
For five days, biodiversity scientists and remote sensing technologists worked together towards the identification of breakthroughs for implementing a global biodiversity monitoring system that contributes to the advancement of biodiversity change research by providing novel infrastructures for the integrated analysis of multi-sourced Earth Observations. The participants, including members of GEO BON, analyzed the current capabilities and the complementarity of existing and forthcoming satellite sensors, super-sites and other monitoring programs.
The study members also outlined the main requirements for developing a global infrastructure that leverages biodiversity analyses through facilitating the compilation, processing and integration of the data. These goals contribute to the advancement of the Essential Biodiversity Variables and align with the activities of the GEO BON EBV-Data and the Remote Sensing Taskforces. The participants are now working on a report targeted at space agencies and scientists’ communities such as GEO BON and IPBES, as well as related initiatives such as GEOSS.