article / 23 April 2018

Conservation Technology User Guidelines Issue 4: Satellite remote sensing for conservation

This latest chapter in the Conservation Technology Series from WWF-UK looks at the opportunities, challenges and state-of-the-art of satellite remote sensing for conservation applications. This issue reviews available satellite imagery and derived datasets, a comprehensive guide to data sources, common processing workflows and case studies.

From camera traps to satellites to drones, conservation technology is increasingly critical to ensuring that people and nature thrive. However, the inherent complexity of not only deploying technologies in the field but also doing so in a scientifically rigorous manner can prove a substantial barrier, and clear guidance on their use is frequently scattered or hidden behind paywalls. With that in mind, WWF has sought to maximise the effectiveness of technology for conservation, ecological research, and citizen science by providing experienced as well as new users with accessible and freely available, peer-edited guidance.

The four guidelines released so far cover camera trapsacoustic monitoringremote sensing with LiDAR and now satellite remote sensing. Each guideline aims to introduce the technology, help you decide if it is right for your needs, provide the information you need when selecting it, and then give detailed recommendations on how to use the technology to meet your goals. Each guideline is freely available for download (links below).

So whether you are a novice that wants a basic introduction, a highly skilled professional that is primarily interested in best practices for research, a citizen scientist with some questions about what the technology can and cannot do, or a practitioner that needs recommendations for selecting and deploying the technology, this is a resource for you.

Download the Guidelines

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Acoustic guidelines cover

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