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Mapping Functional Diversity of Forests with Remote Sensing

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. UZH researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales – from individual trees to whole communities – using remote sensing by aircraft. The study by Fabian D. Schneider et al. in Nature Communications, paves the way for future airborne and satellite missions to monitor global plant functional diversity. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01530-3

The manuscript is included in a special issue of Nature  'Forests in the Anthropocene'.