Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Jeannine Cavender-Bares, John A. Gamon, Philip A. Townsend
    Pages 1-12 Open Access
  3. Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Anna K. Schweiger, Jesús N. Pinto-Ledezma, Jose Eduardo Meireles
    Pages 13-42 Open Access
  4. Shawn P. Serbin, Philip A. Townsend
    Pages 43-82 Open Access
  5. Felix Morsdorf, Fabian D. Schneider, Carla Gullien, Daniel Kükenbrink, Reik Leiterer, Michael E. Schaepman
    Pages 83-104 Open Access
  6. Roberta E. Martin
    Pages 105-120 Open Access
  7. José Eduardo Meireles, Brian O’Meara, Jeannine Cavender-Bares
    Pages 155-172 Open Access
  8. Michael Madritch, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Sarah E. Hobbie, Philip A. Townsend
    Pages 173-197 Open Access
  9. Jesús N. Pinto-Ledezma, Jeannine Cavender-Bares
    Pages 199-223 Open Access
  10. Sydne Record, Kyla M. Dahlin, Phoebe L. Zarnetske, Quentin D. Read, Sparkle L. Malone, Keith D. Gaddis et al.
    Pages 225-253 Open Access
  11. Andrea Paz, Marcelo Reginato, Fabián A. Michelangeli, Renato Goldenberg, Mayara K. Caddah, Julián Aguirre-Santoro et al.
    Pages 255-266 Open Access
  12. Erik A. Bolch, Maria J. Santos, Christiana Ade, Shruti Khanna, Nicholas T. Basinger, Martin O. Reader et al.
    Pages 267-307 Open Access
  13. Angela Lausch, Marco Heurich, Paul Magdon, Duccio Rocchini, Karsten Schulz, Jan Bumberger et al.
    Pages 309-348 Open Access
  14. Anna K. Schweiger
    Pages 385-423 Open Access
  15. John A. Gamon, Ran Wang, Hamed Gholizadeh, Brian Zutta, Phil A. Townsend, Jeannine Cavender-Bares
    Pages 425-447 Open Access
  16. Franziska Schrodt, Betsabe de la Barreda Bautista, Christopher Williams, Doreen S. Boyd, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Maria J. Santos
    Pages 449-484 Open Access
  17. Néstor Fernández, Simon Ferrier, Laetitia M. Navarro, Henrique M. Pereira
    Pages 485-501 Open Access
  18. David Schimel, Philip A. Townsend, Ryan Pavlick
    Pages 503-518 Open Access
  19. Gary N. Geller, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, John A. Gamon, Kyle McDonald, Erika Podest, Phil A. Townsend et al.
    Pages 519-526 Open Access
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 527-581

About this book


This Open Access volume aims to methodologically improve our understanding of biodiversity by linking disciplines that incorporate remote sensing, and uniting data and perspectives in the fields of biology, landscape ecology, and geography. The book provides a framework for how biodiversity can be detected and evaluated—focusing particularly on plants—using proximal and remotely sensed hyperspectral data and other tools such as LiDAR. The volume, whose chapters bring together a large cross-section of the biodiversity community engaged in these methods, attempts to establish a common language across disciplines for understanding and implementing remote sensing of biodiversity across scales.

The first part of the book offers a potential basis for remote detection of biodiversity. An overview of the nature of biodiversity is described, along with ways for determining traits of plant biodiversity through spectral analyses across spatial scales and linking spectral data to the tree of life. The second part details what can be detected spectrally and remotely. Specific instrumentation and technologies are described, as well as the technical challenges of detection and data synthesis, collection and processing. The third part discusses spatial resolution and integration across scales and ends with a vision for developing a global biodiversity monitoring system. Topics include spectral and functional variation across habitats and biomes, biodiversity variables for global scale assessment, and the prospects and pitfalls in remote sensing of biodiversity at the global scale.


Remote detection of biodiversity Retrieving functional traits from spectra Community assembly Spectral diversity Leaf optical properties Hyperspectral field data collection and processing Spatial resolution and integration across scales Micro and macroscopic structure of leaves Detection of disease and decline in forests Ocean and aquatic biodiversity Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeannine Cavender-Bares
    • 1
  • John A. Gamon
    • 2
  • Philip A. Townsend
    • 3
  1. 1.Ecology, Evolution & BehaviorUniversity of MinnesotaSaint PaulUSA
  2. 2.University of Nebraska–Lincoln, School of Natural ResourcesLincolnUSA
  3. 3.Department of Forest and Wildlife EcologyUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonMadisonUSA

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