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Integrating Technologies for Scalable Ecology and Conservation

Martin, D and Koh, LP and Lyman, A and Wich, SA and Davies,, A and Ramesh,, K and Stokes, E and Starkey,, R and Asner, G (2016) Integrating Technologies for Scalable Ecology and Conservation. Global Ecology and Conservation, 7. pp. 262-275. ISSN 2351-9894

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Abstract

Integration of multiple technologies greatly increases the spatial and temporal scales over which ecological patterns and processes can be studied, and threats to protected ecosystems can be identified and mitigated. A range of technology options relevant to ecologists and conservation practitioners are described, including ways they can be linked to increase the dimensionality of data collection efforts. Remote sensing, ground-based, and data fusion technologies are broadly discussed in the context of ecological research and conservation efforts. Examples of technology integration across all of these domains are provided for large-scale protected area management and investigation of ecological dynamics. Most technologies are low-cost or open-source, and when deployed can reach economies of scale that reduce per-area costs dramatically. The large-scale, long-term data collection efforts presented here can generate new spatio-temporal understanding of threats faced by natural ecosystems and endangered species, leading to more effective conservation strategies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 08:15
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 21:13
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.gecco.2016.07.002
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3885

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