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Monitoring plant functional diversity from space

Jetz, Walter; Cavender-Bares, Jeannine; Pavlick, Ryan; Schimel, David; Davis, Frank W.; Asner, Gregory P.; Guralnick, Robert; Kattge, Jens; Latimer, Andrew M.; Moorcroft, Paul; Schaepman, Michael E.; Schildhauer, Mark P.; Schneider, Fabian D.; Schrodt, Franziska; Stahl, Ulrike; Ustin, Susan L.

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Walter Jetz

Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Ryan Pavlick

David Schimel

Frank W. Davis

Gregory P. Asner

Robert Guralnick

Jens Kattge

Andrew M. Latimer

Paul Moorcroft

Michael E. Schaepman

Mark P. Schildhauer

Fabian D. Schneider

Ulrike Stahl

Susan L. Ustin


The world’s ecosystems are losing biodiversity fast. A satellite mission designed to track changes in plant functional diversity around the globe could deepen our understanding of the pace and consequences of this change and how to manage it.


Jetz, W., Cavender-Bares, J., Pavlick, R., Schimel, D., Davis, F. W., Asner, G. P., …Ustin, S. L. (2016). Monitoring plant functional diversity from space. Nature Plants, 2(3), Article 16039.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 15, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 2, 2016
Publication Date Mar 14, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 31, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 31, 2017
Journal Nature Plants
Print ISSN 2055-026X
Electronic ISSN 2055-0278
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 3
Article Number 16039
Keywords Remote sensing; Environmental change; Plant functional traits; Biodiversity
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