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URPP Global Change and Biodiversity

Plant biodiversity can monitored using imaging spectroscopy

Internationally comparable data on biodiversity is needed to protect threatened ecosystems, restore destroyed habitats and counteract the negative effects of global biodiversity loss. URPP GCB's Anna Schweiger in the Remote Sensing Laboratories at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich (UZH), and Etienne Laliberté from the University of Montréal, showed that plant biodiversity in ecosystems ranging from Arctic tundra to tropical forests can be  assessed using image spectrometry, published in Nature Communications. The researchers hope to contribute to the future detection of changes in species composition of our Earth’s ecosystems from space.

Read more in the UZH press release and their paper Plant beta-diversity across biomes captured by imaging spectroscopy. Nature Communications. 19 Mai 2022. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-30369-6