Call for Content for Special Issue: Patterns, Trends, and Ecological Applications of Phenology

Over the past few decades, phenology has been a focal point of monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem changes under climate change, species invasion, and other environmental stresses. It has long been recognized that the closely coupled relationships exist between phenology of organisms and corresponding meteorological conditions, but the detailed patterns tied to genotypic complexity (in addition to climatic variation) within and among species are still poorly understood.

From Sea to Space: Focusing on Coral Reefs in the Spratly Islands

Greg Asner Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science. A remote region of the South China Sea harbors an archipelago of atolls, reefs and a few islands called the ‘Spratly Islands’.  Zoomed out, the Spratlys seem to float in suspension, like a dim stellar constellation of underwhelming dots, offering little to the casual Google…

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.…