Biodiversity is one of the most threatened resources globally. Strong commitments to preserving habitats have been made at global, continental and national levels, calling for an evidence-based approach to conservation:  monitoring the quality of habitats in space and time.

Remote sensing and GIS have a history in land cover, habitat mapping, and quantification of habitat change. The new challenge is integration and analysis of land cover, vegetation, and habitat maps together with factors influencing the conservation status of each site for quantitative evaluation of habitat quality. This requires high resolution mapping with regional coverage, building the basis of local ecosystem management and international policy.

The International Workshop Remote Sensing and GIS for Monitoring Habitat Quality aims to bring together remote sensing and conservation scientists, mapping and GIS practitioners, conservation stakeholders and NGOs. We focus beyond land cover and vegetation mapping to the next level of inferring habitat quality and conservation status from processed Earth observation and field data. This international workshop will combine the latest developments and future trends in sensor technology, cutting-edge case studies, and operational examples in habitat mapping and quality assessment.

This conference is organized simultaneously with GIScience 2014. Participants of either event will be allowed to move for the duration of this International Workshop freely between sessions. Participants of the International Workshop are also entitled to book Tutorials of GIScience 2014.


Call for Papers

The International Workshop on Remote Sensing and GIS for Monitoring of Habitat Quality will connect scientists, practitioners and stakeholders from the domains of remote sensing, GIS and habitat conservation, to discuss how recent developments in remote sensing and data processing can be exploited for spatially explicit monitoring of habitat quality.

Our sessions will focus on recent developments in sensor technology and processing; ecological mapping from sensor and in-situ data, GIS processing from thematic maps to habitat quality evaluation, and finally user requirements and operational case studies.

Participants and contributors are welcome from natural and technical sciences, practical conservation and the market sector. We encourage submissions of abstracts for oral presentations, which will be subject to peer review based on scientific content and relevance for habitat quality mapping. A special issue of Remote Sensing will be organized to publish selected full papers.

Please submit your extended abstract according to our submission guidelines by May 10 May 24, 2014.