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Remote Sensing Applications for Tracking Biodiversity

A Themed Issue from Biodiversity

Submit your manuscript to this Themed Issue

Is your research an inspiring example of how the remote sensing and conservation communities can work more closely to inform timely and effective conservation actions?

This Themed Issue of Biodiversity – a Journal of Life on Earth will focus on showcasing innovative uses of remotely sensed data to track and understand the status and trends in biodiversity as well as posit new approaches and opportunities for the use of earth observation data to better track biodiversity going forward. 

Click on the options below to read our Instructions for Authors and the Aims and Scope of Biodiversity. To submit your manuscript, email our Managing Editor, Vanessa Reid (reidva@biodiversityconservancy.org).

Instructions for Authors Aims & Scope

About this Special Issue

The 21st century has already been defined by ever-accelerating advances in technology that are transforming our daily lives. In the past six decades, we have gone from the world’s first satellite launch to an ever growing and advancing constellation of earth observation satellites that are streaming 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. In the past decade, airborne instruments including drones have rapidly transformed our ability to generate fine scale, high resolution data of various environmental attributes related to ecosystems and the biodiversity they support.

While the world is in the midst of the 6th great extinction, our need for high quality, reliable, continual and real-time data to track and understand the status of biodiversity and its drivers is at its greatest. Yet, most space and airborne sensors were not originally designed specifically for tracking biodiversity, resulting in existing data being used as proxy measures to infer biodiversity status and trends. Worldwide, scientists are continually innovating new uses and techniques for better understanding biodiversity through the creative use of remotely sensed data.

With the Aichi Biodiversity Targets expiring in 2020 and a new Post-2020 Framework for Biodiversity to be launched in China in 2020, the scientific community must accelerate capacity building and technology transfer involving the use of remotely sensed data and must work more closely with the space agencies to co-develop new sensors that meet the specific requirements of the biodiversity research and monitoring community.

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How to submit your manuscript

Please submit your manuscripts in Times New Roman 12 pt by 1st August 2019  to Biodiversity’s Managing Editor, Vanessa Reid (reidva@biodiversityconservancy.org).

This themed issue will published in December 2019 both in print and electronic editions, available through Taylor and Francis Journals. A special board of editors will review the submitted manuscripts and publication of final papers will be subject to blind peer-review.

We also greatly encourage publication/book reviews, Forum and On the Ground pieces. An Opinion piece, as the name suggests, is the author's personal opinion on the subject. It can be as formal or informal in style and the word count can range from 500 - 3,500 words. References are optional and it is not peer-reviewed. An ‘On the Ground’ piece is a personal account from Biodiversity practitioners working in the field, sharing their experiences and insights. The word count can range from 500 - 3,500 words and references are optional.

Biodiversity – a Journal of Life on Earth is published in partnership with Taylor and Francis Journals. Please visit the Taylor and Francis website for more information on submissions, subscriptions and to purchase individual articles and themed issues.

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