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Observing changing ecological diversity in the Anthropocene

Show simple item record Schimel, David S. Asner, Gregory P. Moorcroft, Paul 2013-07-08T14:35:13Z 2013-07-08T14:35:13Z 2012-10-16
dc.identifier.citation Hyspiri Science Team, Washington, D. C, October 16, 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-4956
dc.description.abstract As the world enters the Anthropocene, the planet’s environment is changing rapidly, putting critical ecosystem services at risk. Understanding and forecasting how ecosystems will change over the coming decades requires understanding the sensitivity of species to environmental change. The extant distribution of species and functional groups contains valuable information about the performance of different species in different environments. However, with high rates of environmental change, information inherent in ranges of many species will disappear, since that information exists only under quasi-equilibrium conditions. The information content of distributional data obtained now is greater than data obtained in the future. New remote sensing technologies can map chemical and structural traits of plant canopies and allow inference of trait and in many cases, species ranges. Current satellite remote sensing data can only produce relatively simple classifications, but new techniques have dramatically higher biological information content. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012. en_US
dc.subject climate sensitivity en_US
dc.subject environmental changes en_US
dc.title Observing changing ecological diversity in the Anthropocene en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Earth Resources and Remote Sensing en_US

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