Special Issue on Remote Sensing–based Essential Biodiversity Variables

The concept of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) was introduced by Peirera and colleagues in 2013 to help coordinate biodiversity monitoring efforts worldwide while facilitating the identification of current data gaps at the global scale. Originally defined as measurements required for the study, reporting, and management of biodiversity change, EBVs are expected to be scalable, technically feasible and economically viable for global implementation. Six classes of EBVs are generally distinguished, namely genetic composition, species populations, species traits, community composition, ecosystem structure and ecosystem functions. Recently, scientific discussions have led to the realisation that many EBVs will likely be derived from...

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