Topic: Remote sensing of biodiversity: Linking leaf optical spectra to plant functional traits and phylogenetics
Meeting dates: April 21-23, 2016; October 11-13, 2016
Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Univ. of Minnesota
Phil Townsend, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Univ. of Wisconsin
Brian O'Meara, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee
Jose Meireles, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Univ. of Minnesota
Objectives: Remote sensing of biodiversity is critical at a time when the Earth's biodiversity loss due to human activities is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Functional plant diversity is highly associated with plant biodiversity, and recent technological and computational advances allow the detection of plant functional traits and trait diversity from spectral data that can be remotely sensed. This presents a timely and tremendously important opportunity to globally detect changes in the Earth's functional biodiversity. Although biodiversity itself cannot practically be observed everywhere, if functional traits and trait diversity can be remotely sensed using spectral data, the potential exists to at least globally inventory the diversity of traits associated with terrestrial biodiversity. Moreover, spectral data and the functional traits they predict can be linked to phylogenetic data as a means to estimate changes in biodiversity patterns globally. However, the mathematical models and computational approaches to integrate multiple complex multidimensional datasets are underdeveloped. We bring together biological and computational experts from three disciplines—remote sensing and leaf optics, plant functional biology and systematics—to develop a framework and set of computational tools for linking spectral data, functional traits, and phylogenetics. Our goal is to transform the ability of humanity to detect and interpret the changing functional biodiversity of Planet Earth.
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|Meeting 1 participants (L to R): Aditya Singh, John A. Gamon, Jose Eduardo Meireles, Michael Schaepman, Brian O'Meara, Susan Ustin, Franziska Schrodt, Anna Schweiger, Phil Townsend, Jeannine Cavender-Bares.|
|Meeting 2 participants (L to R): Susan Ustin, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Jose Eduardo Meireles, Brian O'Meara, Anna Schweiger, John A. Gamon, Franziska Schrodt, Phil Townsend.|
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