Monday, April 13, 2015

Special Issue: Earth Observation for monitoring NATURA 2000 Habitats

A special issue of Elsevier´s "International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation" provides insights into how Earth Observation (EO) technology supports authorities in monitoring NATURA 2000 habitats.

This Special Issue is a joint outcome of the two complementary EU projects MS.MONINA and BIO_SOS. Both projects have prepared the ground for establishing multi-scale services for habitat and biodiversity mapping based on satellite information.

MS.MONINA, coordinated by the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg fosters the use of Copernicus space and in-situ data infrastructure for supporting NATURA 2000 monitoring and management. From a multi-scale perspective it provides on-demand geospatial information to users such as local, national and European authorities.

The compilation of 17 original papers demonstrates the multi-faceted advantages of EO data in support of biodiversity, ecosystem and habitat monitoring. This is achieved especially with respect to the time and cost effectiveness of the tools. The published papers also show the multi-temporal/multi-scale capabilities for monitoring conservation targets. The journal special issue provides an overview of the state-of-the-art and challenges in remote sensing for mapping natural habitats and their conservation status.

The articles are accessible under open access for six months:

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