The rapid advancements in remote sensing technology offer a unique opportunity to address the increasing rates of ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss. Although satellite data have been available for decades, and the use of remote sensing has been increasing, many barriers still exist to leveraging these data for the benefit of conservation planning and management.

To address these barriers, a group of conservationists and remote sensing scientists published the 10 highest priority conservation challenges that could be addressed using remote sensing technologies (Rose et al., 2014). In addition, a conservation remote sensing community, the Conservation Remote Sensing Network (CRSNet), has formed to increase conservation effectiveness through enhanced integration of remote sensing technologies in research and applications. CRSNet is a growing community that will play a critical role in increasing capacity for conservation remote sensing, develop best practice guidelines, communicate critical information, and foster research and collaboration.

This talk will focus on the current and future applications of conservation remote sensing, the role remote sensing will play in addressing conservation priorities and opportunities to for the conservation community to better engage remote sensing scientists in collaborative efforts to improve conservation outcomes through integrated remote sensing technologies.

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Presenter: Rob Rose, Conservation Remote Sensing Network (CRSNet) and College of William & Mary