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Remotely sensed spatial heterogeneity as an exploratory tool for taxonomic and functional diversity study

Rocchini, Duccio; Bacaro, Giovanni; Chirici, Gherado; Da Re, Daniele; Feilhauer, Hannes; Foody, Giles M.; Galluzzi, Marta; Garzon-Lopez, Carol X.; Gillespie, Thomas W.; He, Kate S.; Lenoir, Jonathan; Marcantonio, Matteo; Nagendra, Harini; Ricotta, Carlo; Rommel, Edvinas; Schmidtlein, Sebastian; Skidmore, Andrew K.; Van de Kerchove, Ruben; Wegmann, Martin; Rugani, Benedetto

Authors

Duccio Rocchini

Giovanni Bacaro

Gherado Chirici

Daniele Da Re

Hannes Feilhauer

Giles M. Foody

Marta Galluzzi

Carol X. Garzon-Lopez

Thomas W. Gillespie

Kate S. He

Jonathan Lenoir

Matteo Marcantonio

Harini Nagendra

Carlo Ricotta

Edvinas Rommel

Sebastian Schmidtlein

Andrew K. Skidmore

Ruben Van de Kerchove

Martin Wegmann

Benedetto Rugani



Abstract

Assessing biodiversity from field-based data is difficult for a number of practical reasons: (i) establishing the total number of sampling units to be investigated and the sampling design (e.g. systematic, random, stratified) can be difficult; (ii) the choice of the sampling design can affect the results; and (iii) defining the focal population of interest can be challenging. Satellite remote sensing is one of the most cost-effective and comprehensive approaches to identify biodiversity hotspots and predict changes in species composition. This is because, in contrast to field-based methods, it allows for complete spatial coverages of the Earth's surface under study over a short period of time. Furthermore, satellite remote sensing provides repeated measures, thus making it possible to study temporal changes in biodiversity. While taxonomic diversity measures have long been established, problems arising from abundance related measures have not been yet disentangled. Moreover, little has been done to account for functional diversity besides taxonomic diversity measures. The aim of this manuscript is to propose robust measures of remotely sensed heterogeneity to perform exploratory analysis for the detection of hotspots of taxonomic and functional diversity of plant species.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Ecological Indicators
Print ISSN 1470-160X
Electronic ISSN 1872-7034
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 85
APA6 Citation Rocchini, D., Bacaro, G., Chirici, G., Da Re, D., Feilhauer, H., Foody, G. M., …Rugani, B. (in press). Remotely sensed spatial heterogeneity as an exploratory tool for taxonomic and functional diversity study. Ecological Indicators, 85, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.09.055
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.09.055
Keywords cartograms; functional diversity; remote sensing; Rao's quadratic diversity; satellite imagery; spectral rarefaction; taxonomic diversity
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X17306234
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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