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Monday, April 4th, 2016

Potential of Satellite Remote Sensing to Monitor Species Diversity

The importance of measuring species diversity as an indicator of ecosystem health has been long recognized and it seems that satellite remote sensing (SRS) has proven to be one of the most cost-effective approaches to identify biodiversity hotspots and predict changes in species composition. What is the real potential of SRS and what are the

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Indonesia Launches $1M Peat Prize Mapping Competition

The Indonesian Peat Prize launched in Jakarta as part of the Indonesian Climate Festival. The Head of BIG, Priyadi Kardono, representing the Host of the Prize and the Director of WRI Indonesia, Tjokorda Nirarta Samadhi, representing the Prize administrator, attended the event. Forest and land fires have been a problem in Indonesia for several decades,

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Mountaintop Mining, Crop Irrigation Can Damage Freshwater Biodiversity

Aquatic life can suffer when high concentrations of dissolved salts enter freshwater ecosystems, a process known as salinization. An international, multi-institutional team of researchers that includes a Virginia Tech graduate student recommends ways that humans can protect freshwater from salts in an article Friday (Feb. 26) in the journal Science. The recommendations include the use

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

USCB Researchers Contribute to “Ecosystems of California”

With forests and farmland, mountains and desert and almost 900 miles of scenic coastline, California’s vast terrain is both dramatic and varied. The newly published “Ecosystems of California” (UC Press, 2016) provides a comprehensive synthesis of this biologically diverse state examining its myriad landscapes through multiple lenses: past and present, flora and fauna, aquatic and

Monday, January 25th, 2016

European Space Imaging Case Study Reveals How Satellite Imagery Helps Protect UNESCO World Heritage Sites

European Space Imaging (EUSI) released a new case study outlining the success of using satellite imagery to help protect UNESCO World Heritage sites this week. Working together with experts at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) they explain what high-quality satellite data reveals about the situation on the ground at

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Camera Traps Reveal that Tropical Forest Protected Areas Can Protect Biodiversity

Arlington, Va., USA (January 19, 2016) – Biodiversity in tropical forest protected areas may be faring better than previously thought, according to a study publishing in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology on January 19th. The study, “Standardized Assessment of Biodiversity Trends in Tropical Forest Protected Areas: The End is Not in Sight,” was based

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Interior Department Releases National Seed Strategy for Landscape Scale Rehabilitation and Restoration

BOISE, IDAHO – As part of a comprehensive, science-based strategy to address the threat of wildfires that are damaging landscapes across the West, the Department of the Interior today announced the release of a National Seed Strategy for rehabilitation and restoration to help foster resilient and healthy landscapes.

Monday, August 17th, 2015

WAFWA Report Documents Greater Sage-Grouse Population Rebound

Aug. 17, 2015—The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) released a final report today on greater sage-grouse population trends across the Western United States, and the results are encouraging. While the report shows that sage-grouse populations vary greatly over time, the number of male birds documented this year has rebounded significantly from a

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

First Satellite Tracking of Neonate Flatback Turtles Underway

May 28, 2015—Scientists from Florida Atlantic University, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and James Cook University in Australia, have partnered on an international project to track for the first time the whereabouts of neonate flatback sea turtles to identify important developmental habitat for these animals and determine what factors might influence their habitat preferences.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

New App Puts Biodiversity in the Palm of Your Hand

May 13, 2015—People can check out local wildlife wherever they are in the world with a new app that says what species of animals and plants might be nearby. The free Map of Life app dispenses with bulky field guides by allowing users to access a vast global database of species and their ranges, based on

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