Assessing climate and ecosystem function change in South American protected areas during the last three decades

In this post, authors Hernán Dieguez and José M. Paruelo describe their recent paper, published in Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. Protected areas are the cornerstone of in situ global conservation efforts and are intended to both preserve biodiversity and ensure the provision of multiple ecosystem services. Furthermore, protected areas can be used to…

Observing ecosystems with lightweight, rapid-scanning terrestrial lidar scanners

Author Ian Paynter describes how a new wave of terrestrial lidar scanners, optimized for rapid scanning and portability, enable and improve observations of structure across a range of important ecosystems. Here at the School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts Boston, we study the environment by scanning it with lasers. Our laser scanning instruments utilize light detection…

Call for Papers in a special issue on citizen science

Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation is a new open access journal, addressing the interdisciplinary field that links different aspects of remote sensing (the use of different imaging and sensing technologies) and the field of ecology and conservation. It is publishing its papers in Open Access, so the papers are free to download and share.…

A simple method for estimating the effective detection distance of camera traps

Camera trapping is a highly useful tool for estimating animal abundance for wildlife management and conservation. Following our previous blog post we continue to explore camera trapping methods. Here, Tim Hofmeester presents a recent paper about estimating the effective detection distance of camera traps, published in journal Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. An increasing number…

Wildlife speed cameras!

New camera trap technology reveals new insight into animal movement. Movement ecology is flourishing, fuelled by improvements in the technology used to track animal positions – ever smaller telemetry devices, better power management, high-frequency GPS data logging, satellite communication and so on. Thanks to this technological bonanza, great strides are being made in our understanding…