The Roles of Remote Sensing in Nature Conservation

A Practical Guide and Case Studies

  • Ricardo Díaz-Delgado
  • Richard Lucas
  • Clive Hurford

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Gwawr Jones, Peter Bunting, Clive Hurford
      Pages 91-120
    3. Katie Medcalf, Jacqueline Parker, Gemma Bell, Paul Robinson, Samuel Neal, Martin Horlock et al.
      Pages 121-139
    4. Marcos Jiménez, Ricardo Díaz-Delgado
      Pages 141-163
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. J. Oldeland, A. Große-Stoltenberg, L. Naftal, B. J. Strohbach
      Pages 183-201
    3. Michael Schneider, Holger Dettki
      Pages 203-222
    4. Ricardo Díaz-Delgado, Manuel Mañez, Antonio Martínez, David Canal, Miguel Ferrer, David Aragonés
      Pages 277-291
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Richard Lucas, Anthea Mitchell
      Pages 295-308
    3. Richard Lucas, Ricardo Díaz-Delgado, Clive Hurford
      Pages 309-318

About this book


During recent decades, a rapid increase in available data sources has enabled researchers to develop hundreds of new remote sensing applications: data provided by new sensors attached to satellites, aircrafts and drones. However, a major challenge remains unresolved: how to transfer the knowledge of these technological advances to conservation practitioners and facilitate access to the remote sensing products that are currently available.  In this volume, we illustrate the ability of new technologies, such as drones, camera traps or miniaturized sensors, to enhance our information on habitat condition, species occurrence, invasive species mapping or biodiversity.

 There are several case studies from Natura 2000 and LTER sites:  these were designed to meet the requirements of the EC Birds and Habitats Directives and the commitments associated with the EU Biodiversity Strategy, including regular habitat assessments.    The authors of this volume, who work for different conservation and research agencies, provide a practical perspective on how remote sensing applications can benefit these long-term monitoring or surveillance programs. 

With these requirements in mind, the time is now right for conservation ecologists, researchers, technicians, managers, policy makers and practitioners to embrace the new technologies and products that are available from the remote sensing community.   


Habitat and species monitoring Natura 2000 earth observation (EO) nature conservation remote sensing

Editors and affiliations

  • Ricardo Díaz-Delgado
    • 1
  • Richard Lucas
    • 2
  • Clive Hurford
    • 3
  1. 1.Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)SevillaSpain
  2. 2.Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesThe University of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia
  3. 3.Natural Resources WalesCardiff, WalesUnited Kingdom

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