Members of NASA’s Ecological Forecasting program area are virtually participating in the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) Open Science Conference and All Hands Meeting in July, 2020.
The conference aims to connect decision makers with the scientific community to inform resource management strategies that benefit society. Earth’s ecosystems are constantly responding to changing climates, extreme weather conditions and human activities. The Ecological Forecasting program area aims to promote the use of NASA Earth observations to monitor, analyze and forecast these changes.
Data from NASA’s Earth-observing satellites can help inform decision-making around conservation and biodiversity by providing critical details on everything from landcover changes to soil moisture. Scientists can use this information to track habitat loss and see how human activity is affecting local biodiversity, and conferences like these are another opportunity to share these resources with land and conservation managers.
The Ecological Forecasting Program is funding seven projects that support GEO BON’s development of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) and regional Biodiversity Observation Networks (BONs). Several of the leads for these projects are participating in this Open Science Conference. More details on this Applied Sciences program area’s work can be found in the Ecological Forecasting project portfolio.