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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(6), 7987-7994;

Remote Sensing and GIS for Habitat Quality Monitoring: New Approaches and Future Research

Balaton Limnological Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Klebelsberg Kuno út 3, 8237 Tihany, Hungary
Research Groups Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Vienna University of Technology, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Interdisciplinary Ecological Centre, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Leipziger Str. 29, D-09596 Freiberg, Germany
Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, University of Leicester, Bennett Building, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Institute of Ecology and Botany, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Alkotmány u. 2-4, 2163 Vácrátót, Hungary
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 12 June 2015 / Accepted: 15 June 2015 / Published: 17 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing and GIS for Habitat Quality Monitoring)
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Habitat quality is the ability of the environment to provide conditions appropriate for individual and species persistence. Measuring or monitoring habitat quality requires complex integration of many properties of the ecosystem, where traditional terrestrial data collection methods have proven extremely time-demanding. Remote sensing has known potential to map various ecosystem properties, also allowing rigorous checking of accuracy and supporting standardized processing. Our Special Issue presents examples where remote sensing has been successfully used for habitat mapping, quantification of habitat quality parameters, or multi-parameter modelling of habitat quality itself. New frontiers such as bathymetric scanning, grassland vegetation classification and operational use were explored, various new ecological verification methods were introduced and integration with ongoing habitat conservation schemes was demonstrated. These studies show that remote sensing and Geoinformation Science for habitat quality analysis have evolved from isolated experimental studies to an active field of research with a dedicated community. It is expected that these new methods will substantially contribute to biodiversity conservation worldwide. View Full-Text
Keywords: remote sensing; habitat quality; biodiversity; nature conservation; Natura 2000 remote sensing; habitat quality; biodiversity; nature conservation; Natura 2000
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Zlinszky, A.; Heilmeier, H.; Balzter, H.; Czúcz, B.; Pfeifer, N. Remote Sensing and GIS for Habitat Quality Monitoring: New Approaches and Future Research. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 7987-7994.

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