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Sensors 2010, 10(11), 9647-9667; doi:10.3390/s101109647
Review

Remote Sensing of Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation: A Review from the Perspective of Remote Sensing Specialists

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Received: 19 September 2010; in revised form: 14 October 2010 / Accepted: 28 October 2010 / Published: 1 November 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10 Years Sensors - A Decade of Publishing)
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Abstract: Remote sensing, the science of obtaining information via noncontact recording, has swept the fields of ecology, biodiversity and conservation (EBC). Several quality review papers have contributed to this field. However, these papers often discuss the issues from the standpoint of an ecologist or a biodiversity specialist. This review focuses on the spaceborne remote sensing of EBC from the perspective of remote sensing specialists, i.e., it is organized in the context of state-of-the-art remote sensing technology, including instruments and techniques. Herein, the instruments to be discussed consist of high spatial resolution, hyperspectral, thermal infrared, small-satellite constellation, and LIDAR sensors; and the techniques refer to image classification, vegetation index (VI), inversion algorithm, data fusion, and the integration of remote sensing (RS) and geographic information system (GIS).
Keywords: remote sensing; EBC (ecology, biodiversity and conservation); thermal infrared; small-satellite constellation; LIDAR; image classification; data fusion; integration of remote sensing (RS) and geographic information system (GIS) remote sensing; EBC (ecology, biodiversity and conservation); thermal infrared; small-satellite constellation; LIDAR; image classification; data fusion; integration of remote sensing (RS) and geographic information system (GIS)
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Wang, K.; Franklin, S.E.; Guo, X.; Cattet, M. Remote Sensing of Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation: A Review from the Perspective of Remote Sensing Specialists. Sensors 2010, 10, 9647-9667.

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Wang K, Franklin SE, Guo X, Cattet M. Remote Sensing of Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation: A Review from the Perspective of Remote Sensing Specialists. Sensors. 2010; 10(11):9647-9667.

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Wang, Kai; Franklin, Steven E.; Guo, Xulin; Cattet, Marc. 2010. "Remote Sensing of Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation: A Review from the Perspective of Remote Sensing Specialists." Sensors 10, no. 11: 9647-9667.


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