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will focus on recent progress in ecological and remote sensing science, and how this has opened up new research opportunities in regional studies.

Studies Many African countries have adopted national plans for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management, but often lack basic information on the rates and extent of environmental change. According to Nadine Laporte (Woods Hole Research Center), space-based earth monitoring technologies can provide detailed analyses of the state of tropical ecosystems. Laporte will discuss two projects designed and adopted to conservation and forest management in the talk, Remote sensing tools for conservation policy: INFORMS and PAWAR. The Integrated Forest Monitoring System for Central Africa (INFORMS) is focused on Africas entire tropical forest region, while Protected Area Watch in the Albertine Riff (PAWAR) focuses on the greater Albertine ecosystem, which extends across 330,000 kilometers of six countries. Laporte will focus on management decisions as they relate to African tropical biodiversity and associated economic activities in these regions.

The migration of large mammals over large distances is a prominent yet threatened occurrence. Using remote sensing and landscape modeling, researchers can describe and predict major landscape changes that may affect these migrations. In Landscape analysis and ungulate movement in the Greater Yellowstone Region, Fred Watson (California Stare University, Monterey Bay) will describe research done on bison in Yellowstone National Park.

Future directions Based on the recent National Research Council report, Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperative for the Next Decade and Beyond, David Schimels (National Center for Atmospheric Research) talk will discuss the impacts of recommended space missions from this Decadal Survey.

These new missions will revolutionize ecology from space, but will also challenge the theory
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Contact: Annie Drinkard
annie@esa.org
Ecological Society of America
7-Aug-2007


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