Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Robert J. Scholes, Michael J. Gill, Mark J. Costello, Georgios Sarantakos, Michele Walters
    Pages 1-17 Open Access
  3. Rob H. G. Jongman, Andrew K. Skidmore, C. A. (Sander) Mücher, Robert G.H. Bunce, Marc J. Metzger
    Pages 19-38 Open Access
  4. Patricia Balvanera, Sandra Quijas, Daniel S. Karp, Neville Ash, Elena M. Bennett, Roel Boumans et al.
    Pages 39-78 Open Access
  5. Henrique M. Pereira, Jayne Belnap, Monika Böhm, Neil Brummitt, Jaime Garcia-Moreno, Richard Gregory et al.
    Pages 79-105 Open Access
  6. Michael W. Bruford, Neil Davies, Mohammad Ehsan Dulloo, Daniel P. Faith, Michele Walters
    Pages 107-128 Open Access
  7. Mark J. Costello, Zeenatul Basher, Laura McLeod, Irawan Asaad, Simon Claus, Leen Vandepitte et al.
    Pages 129-163 Open Access
  8. Eren Turak, David Dudgeon, Ian J. Harrison, Jörg Freyhof, Aaike De Wever, Carmen Revenga et al.
    Pages 165-186 Open Access
  9. Gary N. Geller, Patrick N. Halpin, Brian Helmuth, Erin L. Hestir, Andrew Skidmore, Michael J. Abrams et al.
    Pages 187-210 Open Access
  10. Mark Chandler, Linda See, Christina D. Buesching, Jenny A. Cousins, Chris Gillies, Roland W. Kays et al.
    Pages 211-237 Open Access
  11. Simon Ferrier, Walter Jetz, Jörn Scharlemann
    Pages 239-257 Open Access
  12. Wim Hugo, Donald Hobern, Urmas Kõljalg, Éamonn Ó Tuama, Hannu Saarenmaa
    Pages 259-291 Open Access
  13. Matt Walpole, Melodie A. McGeoch, Philip Bubb, Neil Brummitt
    Pages 293-308 Open Access
  14. Dirk S. Schmeller, Christos Arvanitidis, Monika Böhm, Neil Brummitt, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Mark J. Costello et al.
    Pages 309-326 Open Access

About this book


Biodiversity observation systems are almost everywhere inadequate to meet local, national and international (treaty) obligations. As a result of alarmingly rapid declines in biodiversity in the modern era, there is a strong, worldwide desire to upgrade our monitoring systems, but little clarity on what is actually needed and how it can be assembled from the elements which are already present. This book intends to provide practical guidance to broadly-defined biodiversity observation networks at all scales, but predominantly the national scale and higher. This is a practical how-to book with substantial policy relevance. It will mostly be used by technical specialists with a responsibility for biodiversity monitoring to establish and refine their systems. It is written at a technical level, but one that is not discipline-bound: it should be intelligible to anyone in the broad field with a tertiary education.


biodiversity observation systems monitoring systems biodiversity monitoring GEO remote sensing and modelling

Editors and affiliations

  • Michele Walters
    • 1
  • Robert J. Scholes
    • 2
  1. 1.Natural Resources and EnvironmentCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Natural Resources and EnvironmentPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Global Change and Sustainability Research InstituteUniversity of the Witwatersrand, Global Change and Sustainability Research InstituteJohannesburgSouth Africa

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