biodiversity monitoring Articles

  • Biodiversity monitoring in Europe

    What is citizen science? The European Environment Agency (EEA) uses the following definition of citizen science: 'public involvement in projects or on-going programmes of scientific work by which individual volunteers or networks of volunteers, many of whom may have no specific scientific training, perform or manage research-related tasks such as observation, measurement or computation' ...

  • EU 2010 biodiversity baseline

    In January 2010, the Commission presented a series of options for an EU biodiversity policy vision and target beyond 2010 (EC, 2010). Recognising the urgent need to reverse the trends of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, on 26 March 2010 the European Council endorsed the long-term biodiversity vision and the 2020 headline target adopted by the Environment Council on 15 March 2010 ...

  • Microbial Biodiversity Detection And Monitoring Using Molecular Biology Tools

    Micro-organisms are responsible for the most biogeochemical cycles that shape the environment of earth and its oceans. So far, only part of these organisms has been well studied, especially those living on earth and more considered from an anthropogenic perspective, e.g causing human diseases or providing useful products and services. Further the inability to generate pure culture has hampered ...


  • Assessing biodiversity in Europe — the 2010 report

    Executive summary This report confirms the finding of the EEA's 2009 report 'Progress towards the European 2010 biodiversity target' (EEA, 2009a) that Europe will not achieve its target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010. The present report considers the status and trends of pan-European biodiversity, and the implications of these trends for biodiversity management policy and ...

  • Mudbank - Responsible business supporting biodiversity and flyway conservation

    Mudbank is an innovative approach for business to support the conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds around the globe. To offset the impact of development projects, Mudbank invests on behalf of companies in the permanent protection of important coastal habitat along migratory flyways. It is designed to be an option in the Mitigation Hierarchy—and not just an “in lieu ...


    By Wetlands International

  • EEA Signals 2010 - Biodiversity, climate change and you

    WHAT IS SIGNALS? The European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes Signals each year, providing snapshot stories on issues of interest to the environmental policy debate and the wider public in the coming year. At EEA, we monitor the environment across our 32 member countries in partnership with our network. From researchers up to their knees in water to satellite imaging from ...

  • Biodiversity Detectives Solve Mysteries with Environmental DNA

    For years, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 1.2 million gallon main tank has been a source of thrill for visitors seeking fish-eye views of life in the pounding Pacific Ocean right outside its doors. Now, thanks to advances in DNA sequencing, it’s also becoming a model for how to survey life inthat vast ocean with just a few glasses of water. In a study published last January in ...


    By Ensia

  • Rapid decline in biodiversity: a threat to survival of humankind

    Biodiversity, coined from two words; Biological Diversity simply refers to the variety and variability of life forms (plants, animals and micro-organisms) on earth. In other words, it is the totality of genes, species, and ecosystems in a region. Thus, biodiversity can be divided into genetic diversity within specie, Specie diversity within a community in an ecosystem as well as the more complex ...


  • Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010: proposal for a first set of indicators to monitor progress in Europe

    This report documents the achievements of the first phase (2005–2007) of the Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity Indicators (SEBI 2010) project on the development of indicators to monitor progress towards, and help achieve the European target to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010. Human actions are fundamentally, and, to a significant extent irreversibly, changing the diversity of life on ...

  • Going to great heights to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity

    Across the world, a web of researchers is stitching together millions of data points to present a story of how tropical ecosystems are faring in a changing world. The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network connects 16 sites across Africa, Asia and Latin America and helps researchers ...


    By Ensia

  • Ecosystem accounting and the cost of biodiversity losses — the case of coastal Mediterranean wetlands

    Executive summary The way people are thinking about biodiversity is changing. Until recently, arguments in support of the conservation of species and habitats were based primarily on issues such as their evolutionary uniqueness, rarity or threat of extinction. Today, these arguments also include how maintaining biodiversity directly benefits people by contributing to well-being or quality ...

  • Streamlining European biodiversity indicators 2020: Building a future on lessons learnt from the SEBI 2010 process

    Measuring biodiversity in Europe Loss of biodiversity in Europe is a fact. Yet measuring the extent of the loss and the threat it poses is a challenge. Many European countries have been developing their own indicators to measure changes in biodiversity in their territory. At the same time, progress had also been measured at the global level. Ensuring consistency between indicators at ...

  • Monitoring ecosystem optical properties with the UniSpec-SC

    Understanding patterns of ecosystem properties is important if we are to effectively monitor ecosystem change due to a variety of reasons (e.g. global changes, human management). Remote sensing provides a great tool for monitoring the earth's surface at different temporal and spatial scales. Patterns of vegetation and biodiversity dynamics are important ecosystem properties, with strong links to ...


    By PP Systems

  • Copernicus: new horizons for European and global land monitoring

    How can we monitor Europe-wide farmland biodiversity so that it makes sense to farmers, is ecologically credible and still is affordable? Two new studies published in the Journal of Applied Ecology and the Journal of Environmental Management think it is possible. These studies were conducted by international groups of scientists including Alterra. Combining stakeholder priorities for biodiversity ...

  • Forest camera traps monitor world’s endangered species

    Hidden in some of the world’s most impenetrable forests, a network of cameras with inbuilt motion sensors are snapping animals in their tropical habitats. The photographs in this gallery were captured in forests in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They provide information on animal populations that are usually unseen by humans. With the help of local inhabitants, scientists from the TEAM ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The terrestrial ecosystem monitoring sites: a utility assessment

    Ecological research sites generate data which are potentially useful at the national, regional and global scales. However, most of the data remain embedded in local, project-specific research programmes. The primary role of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) is to act as a data broker and bring researchers and modellers together in order to better understand global change processes in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Remote monitors track river restoration success

    The Norfolk Rivers Trust has installed a remote river monitoring station that has been tracking water quality and flow before and after river restoration work at an area of ecological importance on the River Nar. Rising in chalk hills to the east of the village of Tittleshall, the river flows south for 2.5 km until it reaches Mileham, then predominately west for 39.5 km through the villages of ...


  • Water quality monitoring in wetland ecosystems using microbial model communities

    This study reviews the concept of model communities for water quality assessment in aquatic ecosystems. The feeding habits of protozoans were used to unite species into functional, trophic groups. Colonising communities were dominated by bacterivorous Flagellate Species (Sf). A new Index of Periphyton Flagellates (IPF) as an indicator of the trophic status of a water-body was developed. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Real-time Water Monitoring Solution for Queensland case study

    Customer: ConfidentialApplication: Water monitoringBackground: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) are responsible for managing the health of the environment to protect Queensland’s unique ecosystems, including its landscapes and waterways, as well as its native plants ...


    By Ecotech Pty Ltd

  • Salinity monitoring in western Australia using remotely sensed and other spatial data

    Received for publication January 27, 2009. The southwest of Western Australia is affected by dryland salinity that results in the loss of previously productive agricultural land, damage to buildings, roads, and other infrastructure, decline in pockets of remnant vegetation and biodiversity, and reduction in water quality. Accurate information on the location and rate of change of the extent of ...

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