Using Satellite Observations for Conservation: A Special Feature for the IUCN World Conservation Congress.



The Ecological Forecasting Applications area promotes the use of Earth observations and models to analyze and forecast changes that affect ecosystems and to develop effective resource management strategies. Primary user communities are natural resource managers (both land and marine) and those involved in conservation and sustainable ecosystem management.


  • System for Mapping And Predicting Species Of Concern (SMAP-SOC)
  • EcoCatch: Improving Ecological and Economic Sustainability of Marine Fisheries Using Remotely-Sensed Oceanographic Data
  • Avian Abundance Estimation Across the Pacific Flyway for Full Life-cycle Conservation Planning
  • Bayesian data-model synthesis for biological conservation and management in Antarctica
  • Merging Satellite and Numerical Model Data in the California Current to Create Continuous Imagery and Forecasts of Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Projecting Effects of Climate Change on Pacific Rim Rivers and Salmon: Integrating Remote Sensing, Landscape Genomics, and Demography to Inform Conservation
  • Bringing Wildlife Management into Focus: Integrating Camera Traps, Remote Sensing and Citizen Science to Improve Population Modeling
  • A system to forecast the demographic and genetic viability of salmonid fish across broad regions under changing climates
  • Monitoring and Forecasting Chimpanzee Habitat Health in Africa to Inform Conservation Actions, Strategies and Measure Success
  • Adaptive Ecosystem Climatology (AEC)
  • Forecasting Coastal Habitat Distributions through Fusion of Earth Observations, Process Models and Citizen Science: A Climate Change Adaptation Tool for the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Sy
  • Management and conservation of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) and other highly migratory fish in the Gulf of Mexico under IPCC climate change scenarios: A study using regional climate and hab
  • Effects of extreme climate events on avian demographics: the role of refugia in mitigating climate change
  • Using the USGS "Resource for Advanced Modeling" to connect climate drivers to biological responses
  • Using NASA resources to inform climate and land use adaptation: Ecological forecasting, vulnerability assessment, and evaluation of management options across two USDI Landscape Conservation Cooperativ
  • A decision support system for monitoring, reporting and forecasting the ecological conditions of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • WhaleWatch: A tool using satellite telemetry and remote sensing environmental data to provide near real-time predictions of whale occurrence in the California Current System to reduce anthropogenic im
  • Snow, Montane Wildflowers, and Citizen Scientists
  • A Decision Support System for Ecosystem-Based Management of Tropical Coral Reef Environments
  • Discovering relationships between climate and animal migration with new tools for linking animal movement tracks with weather and land surface data
  • Extending the Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS) to NPP Applications
  • Ecosystems in Transition: Decision Support Tools to Measure, Monitor and Forecast Climate Impacts on Migratory Species
  • Forecasting climate change and its effect on the abundance and distribution of cetaceans using downscaled output of IPCC class earth system models
  • Utilizing ecosystem information to improve the decision support system for central California salmon
  • Pelagic Habitat Analysis Module (PHAM): Enhanced Decision Support for Pelagic Fisheries and Marine Sanctuaries
  • Development of RRSC Models for Use within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Strategic Habitat Conservation Framework
  • Improving Stream Temperature Predictions for River Water Decision Support Systems
  • Improving The NOAA NMFS and ICCAT Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries Management Decision Support System
  • Integrating Ocean Observing Data to Enhance Protected Species Spatial Decision Support Systems
  • Improved Prediction of Africanized Honey Bee Distribution and Migration in the US and Honey Bee Climate Responses Using Satellite derived Land Cover Type and Phenological Data
  • SERVIR Africa
  • Predicting current and future outbreaks of insect and disease attacks on native tree species in the Pacific Northwest with a physiologically-based model
  • Applying NASA HyspIRI Observations to Precision Vegetation Mapping for Ecological Forecasting Applications
  • Utilizing remote sensing, modeling and data assimilation to sustain and protect fisheries: ecological
  • Ecological condition of US National Parks: Enabling decision support through monitoring, analysis, and forecasting
  • Explicit Biological Control Agent Modeling of Invasive Species Using NASA Remote Sensing and Micro Climate Models
  • Integration of a Large-Area Invasives Spread Network (LISN) with Climate Models for Decision Support
  • Protected Areas Watch in the Albertine
  • NASA/NPS fire ecology and invasive species
  • Large Area Invasive Spread Network
  • System for Mapping And Predicting Species Of Concern (SMAP-SOC)

    The goal of the System for Mapping and Predicting Species of Concern (SMAP-SOC) project is to provide natural resource managers with a tool to both map current locations of freshwater species of concern (SOCs) and predict future changes in their...
Some people find working with satellite and environmental data a big morass of intractability. PHAM gives them the ability to take these satellite products and use them in their statistical analysis.
Michael Hinton
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
We are using data provided by [the project team] to better determine how waterfowl populations in the North American prairies will respond to system change.
Kathy Fleming
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment is excited about the results of the NASA project.
Brian Wells
The project directly addresses some of the highest priority Council stock assessment and management needs, and could greatly assist the fishing industry in long-term planning.
Donald McIsaac
Pacific Fishery Management Council
We needed the NASA data to make this happen and are very thankful to have this quality input. This model shows finer-scale temperature fluctuations that were not possible to model before.
Eric Danner
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
NASA data has been critical to monitoring the environment. … It’s a core metric for how we are doing our work.
John Musinsky
Conservation International (formerly)
Remote sensing data has become a core part of the planning and evaluation process for organizations like ours…
John Musinsky
Conservation International (formerly)
Satellite-derived data provides an overview of ocean conditions that are not available from traditional shipboard measurements.
John Lamkin
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
This capability greatly expands our understanding of larval Bluefin ecology, and has allowed us to target specific areas resulting in the development of an improved larval index.
John Lamkin
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
The new data products provide observations closer to the scale of coral reefs. Managers want to know as much as we can tell them to help their management of reef resources.
Mark Eakin
Coral Reef Watch
We see this project as part of an ongoing effort to improve spatial density estimations, and NASA’s Earth observations will play an important role in it.
James Michael Price
U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
NASA data has been critical to monitoring the environment. … It’s a core metric for how we are doing our work.
John Musinsky
Conservation International (formerly)

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Ecological Forecasting Program Team