Successful sessions and talks at ESA-LPS

Successful sessions and talks at ESA-LPS

Biodiversity session at ESA LPS n Prague 2016

Biodiversity session at ESA LPS n Prague 2016

The biodiversity and conservation sessions at the ESA Living Planet Symposium was a huge success. We had a full room with highly interested audience and very fruitful discussions about how remote sensing can help to understand biodiversity patterns as well as the road ahead with Remote Sensing Essential Biodiversity Variables (RS-EBVs). The sessions were organized by Marc Paganini, Gary Geller, Michael Schaepman, Nathalie Pettorelli and Martin Wegmann.

From our department did Ruben Remelgado present his work on remotely sensed environmental variables and their explanatory power for animal movement patterns and Martin Wegmann presented the theoretical and strategic background as well as a variety of achievements how remote sensing can successfully be implemented in ecology and conservation.

We are looking forward to the next ESA-LPS with again highly interesting talks within biodiversity, ecology and conservation sessions.

Statistics session at the FoWiTa 2016

Statistics session at the FoWiTa 2016

In framework of activities of the working group “Ecology and Environment” of the German Region of the International Biometric Society, this working group joined the forest biometry section of the German Association of Forest Research Institutes (DVFFA) to organize the session “Aktuelle Entwicklungen bei Datenerfassung, Auswertung und Modellierung in der Forstwissenschaft” during the FoWiTa conference 2016 in Freiburg. The session will be chaired by Hoooman Latifi and Wolfgang Falk and will host 10 selected oral presentations and 10 posters on data- and model-assisted advancements in analyzing forest data.

In addition, Steven Hill will also represent LSFE by presenting an oral contribution on “LiDAR-gestützte Erfassung von einzelbaum-und bestandsbasierte Waldentwicklung nach natürlichen Störungsprozessen”. Further information on the conference program can be retrieved here.


upcoming talk at: Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring?

upcoming talk at: Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring?

the agenda of the conference “Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring” at ZSL in London is now finalised and all talks are listed. Our collague, Martin Wegmann will give a talk on “Moving remote sensing towards application”. More details on the agenda below:

Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring?

29 April 2016


9.00 Welcome

Nathalie Pettorelli, Zoological Society of London, UK


SESSION 1:Monitoring biodiversity globally: challenges and opportunities

Chair: Nathalie Pettorelli


9.15 Global biodiversity monitoring: challenges, status, and paths forward

Gary Geller, Group on Earth Observations, & GEO BON, Switzerland

9.45 Moving remote sensing towards applicationMartin Wegmann, University of Würzburg, Germany

10.15 Citizen science meets satellite remote sensing: opportunities for biodiversity

Doreen Boyd, University of Nottingham



SESSION 2:From theory to applications: satellite remote sensing in the real world

Chair: Lucas Joppa


11.15 Mapping and monitoring High Nature Value farmland in the UK using satellite data – Emma Tebbs, King’s College London, UK

11.45 Biodiversity from space: pitfalls in measuring community diversity from outside the EarthDuccio Rocchini, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy

12.15 New ways of looking at old forests: detecting ecosystem change using

3D measurements and models – Mathias Disney, University College London, UK

12.45 LUNCH


SESSION 3:Unveiling what the future holds for satellite remote sensing and biodiversity monitoring Chair: Doreen Boyd


14.00 Monitoring global threats to biodiversity

Lucas Joppa, Microsoft Research, USA

14.30 Introducing the concept of Satellite Remote Sensing EBVs

Nathalie Pettorelli, Zoological Society of London, UK

15.00 Satellite Remote Sensing & the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems
Emily Nicholson, Deakin University, Australia

15.30 Ocean remote sensing for modelling and monitoring marine biodiversity

Shovonlal Roy, University of Reading


16.30 Scientific writing workshop

17.30 Cash bar and poster prizerp_art.jpg

the registration is open and more details can be found here:

talks at the ESA Living Planet Symposium

talks at the ESA Living Planet Symposium

the ESA Living Planet Symposium list of talks and sessions is now online and can be accessed here.

We are happy to have talks by Ruben Remelgado on “remote sensing and animal movement” and Martin Wegmann on “remote sensing in ecology and conservation” accepted.

Some interesting sessions focusing explicitly on “Remote Sensing and Biodiversity” are:

but some other talks and sessions are also related to biodiversity and conservation topics. Please browse through the program.

The sessions have been organised and will be chaired by Marc Paganini, Andrew Skidmore, Nathalie Pettorelli and Martin Wegmann

EGU session: Mapping, Monitoring & Modelling of Vegetation Characteristics using Earth Observation

EGU session: Mapping, Monitoring & Modelling of Vegetation Characteristics using Earth Observation

Our EGU session “Mapping, Monitoring & Modelling of Vegetation Characteristics using Earth Observation” got accepted and is now online.

The EGU, the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 17–22 April 2016.

Remote sensing, be it in the form of satellite imagery or aerial photography from manned aircrafts or UAVs, has proven its potential as a unique tool for retrieving vegetation properties at the local, the regional and global scales. Over the last decades, a substantial amount of work has been allocated to the retrieval of vegetation characteristics, e.g. mapping of the extent of vegetation cover, monitoring of vegetation condition using the NDVI or other indices, monitoring forest cover trends, monitoring the expansion of bushes in the expense of palatable grasses in the drylands, woody structure modelling and mapping using Synthetic Aperture Radar data, extracting structural vegetation components from LiDAR for biomass estimation, combining hyperspectral and LiDAR data for upscaling vegetation structural information, to mention but a few. Numerous satellite missions are currently being used to quantify such characteristics in a wide range of temporal and spatial resolutions; new missions with improved capacities are constantly becoming available or planned for the near future in an ever-increasing rate. However, the use of remote sensing for mapping, monitoring or modelling vegetation characteristics is clearly not problem-free: quite the contrary. Within this context, we welcome studies that present novel approaches of mapping, monitoring and modelling vegetation characteristics. We endeavour this session to provide the platform for the analysis of the benefits as well as the pitfalls of using aerial photography, UAVs, LiDAR, Radar, hyperspectral or multi-spectral satellite data in this field.

Compton J. Tucker by NASA will be the keynote speaker.

chairs: Elias Symeonakis, Hanna Meyer, Thomas Higginbottom, Martin Wegmann

more details here: