Report 495 Phase 1
Making Earth Observation Work for UK Biodiversity Conservation Phase 1
(2014)
Final Report, Annexes and technical evidence
Medcalf, K.A., Parker, J.A., Turton, N. & Bell, G.
This report identifies the role that Earth Observation (EO) and geo-informatic approaches can provide in supporting ongoing habitat surveillance and monitoring activities carried out by country agencies in the UK. It highlights the potential for use of these methods to fill gaps and complement the specific exploratory work by these bodies and the country governments. It presents the findings of a short-term scoping study; the first phase of a three phase project to address habitat monitoring and surveillance needs in the UK, and thereby support the cost-effective implementation of the UK Terrestrial Biodiversity Surveillance Strategy (JNCC, 2008). It is concerned with terrestrial and freshwater habitats, with a particular focus on the monitoring and reporting needs for EC Habitats Directive Annex I habitats and UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Priority Habitats.
 

Introduction

 

The aim of Phase 1 was to review recent activity reporting the potential of Earth Observation
techniques for operational biodiversity surveillance of terrestrial and freshwater habitats,
summarise the use of such techniques by UK country conservation agencies and identify their
potential as a cost effective solution to current surveillance and monitoring needs.
 
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Please cite as: Medcalf, K.A., Parker, J.A., Turton, N. & Bell, G., (2014), Making Earth Observation Work for UK Biodiversity Conservation Phase 1, JNCC Report 495 Phase 1