A Symposium to Advance the Integration of Remote Sensing Technology into Habitat Conservation Planning Tools

Thursday, October 23, 2014: 10:20 AM-11:50 AM
Meridian B (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center)
Joint Ventures (JV) and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) invest significant human and financial resources in habitat planning tools that in turn guide the prioritization and investment in on-the ground conservation. These habitat planning tools, and the on-the-ground conservation investments made based on their outputs, are only as good as the data upon which they are built.

Moreover, land use is a constantly evolving parameter and timely, accurate information is imperative for reliable conservation planning. Habitat planning tools are used to answer a broad spectrum of conservation questions. These questions vary in scale, scope, and target species. Similarly, tools to assess net landscape change over time are diverse. They vary in methodology, resolution, scope, and intended application. Bird and habitat conservation experts rarely have opportunities to interact with the developers and technical expert that develop and oversee remote sensing programs and other land use tracking tools.

To advance the conservation community’s ability to design and build effective and accurate spatial planning tools, the US NABCI Committee along with the JV and LCC communities will host a symposium that creates a forum to exchange information between the habitat conservation and the remote sensing communities.

This symposium will take place over 3 sessions. There will be specific times for discussion interspersed within the presentations and we aim to develop specific next steps and recommendations to improve coordination between remote sensing resources and habitat conservation planning.

Allison Vogt
Session Chairs:
Anne Bartuszevige and John Tirpak
10:20 AM
10:45 AM
Overview of remote sensing tools and technology through a conservation lens
Mark Parr, Gulf Coast Joint Venture; Duane Pool, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
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