HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Global wetlands surveyed from space

For much of the last century wetlands have been drained or otherwise degraded, but scientific understanding of their important roles in terms of biology and the water cycle has grown, spurring international efforts to preserve them. On 20 November ESA formally began a project to map wetlands from space, providing data on around 50 sites in 21 countries worldwide.

In 1971 an inter-governmental treaty established the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, establishing a framework for the stewardship and preservation of wetlands. Today more than 1310 wetlands have been designated as Wetlands of International Importance, a total area of 111 million hectares. The Convention's 138 national signatories are obliged to report on the state of listed wetlands they are responsible for.

ESA's new 1 million Globwetland project is producing satellite-derived and geo-referenced products including inventory maps and digital elevation models of wetlands and the surrounding catchment areas. These products will aid local and national authorities in fulfilling their Ramsar obligations, and should also function as a helpful tool for wetland managers and scientific researchers.

"The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands stresses that targeted assessment and monitoring information is vital for ensuring effective management planning for wetlands, their hydrology and their catchments," explained Nick Davidson, Ramsar's Deputy Secretary General. "Yet for wetland managers and decision-makers in many countries access to sound information about wetlands and how they are changing is often a critical gap.

"By working with users at site and catchment scales the Globwetland project should contribute significantly to helping achieve effective management of these critical important ecosystems for biodiversity and human well-being."

With wetlands often made up of difficult and inaccessible terrain, satellites can help provide information on local topography, the types of
'"/>

Contact: Diego Fernandez
diego.fernandez@esa.int
39-06-941-80-676
European Space Agency
25-Nov-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Global competition closes Texas sawmills/paper mills
2. Global warming and the onward march of the pine
3. Global warming to squeeze western mountains dry by 2050
4. Global warming may cause songbirds to avoid certain foods
5. Fourteen Grand Challenges in Global Health announced
6. Global analysis finds a large portion of the earth is still wilderness
7. Global garden grows greener
8. Jane Goodall to receive 2003 Global Environmental Citizen Award
9. Global analysis finds nearly half the Earth is still wilderness
10. Global warming has uneven effect on coastal animals
11. Global aluminium waste headache solved

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/14/2019)... ... December 12, 2019 , ... ... or enhance crop yields, has appointed Jean Pougnier as chief business officer. Mr. ... with go-to-market partners and influencers that will position the company for maximum commercial ...
(Date:12/4/2019)... ... December 03, 2019 , ... ... delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing solutions for drugs, biologics, gene therapies, and ... with Ethicann Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Ethicann”), a Calgary-based pharmaceutical company using botanically sourced ...
(Date:12/4/2019)... ... December 04, 2019 , ... Cartessa Aesthetics , one ... Technology for U.S. dermatologists, plastic surgeons and licensed aesthetic providers. The ... LF technology – low frequency plus a patented wavelength and power combination. Subnovii’s ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/4/2019)... ... December 03, 2019 , ... A new survey by MedReps ( http://www.medreps.com ... as the overall best medical sales companies to work for in 2020. , ... over 1,200 professionals from the MedReps community to identify which medical sales companies are ...
(Date:12/4/2019)... ... 03, 2019 , ... Bold Brahim aka Jesse, a Spanish Arabian, was 11 ... several weeks of medical management, his condition worsened so his owner, Diane, sought a ... Results revealed Jesse had a severe injury to his deep digital flexor tendon in ...
(Date:12/4/2019)... ... December 04, 2019 , ... ... dissolution and stabilize amorphous materials. Additionally, their PDF Synchrotron methods provide a way ... describe these compositions both in regulatory and patent applications.  , The latest developments ...
(Date:12/2/2019)... MILWAUKEE (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2019 , ... Registration ... (ASGCT) 23rd Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Hynes Convention Center May ... gene and cell therapy and brings together scientists, physicians, patient advocates, and other stakeholders ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: