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1st Edition

Earth Observation of Ecosystem Services

ISBN 9781138073920
Published October 12, 2017 by CRC Press
518 Pages 83 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A balanced review of differing approaches based on remote sensing tools and methods to assess and monitor biodiversity, carbon and water cycles, and the energy balance of terrestrial ecosystem. Earth Observation of Ecosystem Services highlights the advantages Earth observation technologies offer for quantifying and monitoring multiple ecosystem functions and services. It provides a multidisciplinary reference that expressly covers the use of remote sensing for quantifying and monitoring multiple ecosystem services.

Rather than exhaustively cover all possible ecosystem services, this book takes a global look at the most relevant remote sensing approaches to estimate key ecosystem services from satellite data. Structured in four main sections, it covers carbon cycle, biodiversity, water cycle, and energy balance. Each section contains a review of conceptual and empirical methods, techniques, and case studies linking remotely sensed data to the biophysical variables and ecosystem functions associated with key ecosystem services.

The book identifies relevant issues and challenges of assessment, presents cutting-edge sensing techniques, uses globally implemented tools to quantify ecosystem functions, and presents examples of successful monitoring programs. Covering recent developments undertaken on the global and national stage from Earth observation satellite data, it includes valuable lessons and recommendations and novel ways to improve current global monitoring systems. The book delineates the use of Earth observation data so that it can be used to quantify, map, value, and manage the valuable goods and services that ecosystems provide to societies around the world.

Table of Contents

Earth Observation of Ecosystem Services: A Global Vision for Monitoring Ecosystem Services with Satellite
General Overview on Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Services
Overview of Book Sections and Chapters

Ecosystem Services Related to C Dynamics: Its Evaluation Using Remote Sensing Techniques
The C Cycle: Key Processes
Conceptual Frameworks to Connect C Dynamics and ES
Scale Issues in the Evaluation of C Related ES
Which Intermediate Services Should Be Monitored?
Concluding Remarks

Recent Advances in the Estimation of Photosynthetic Stress for Terrestrial Ecosystems Services Related to Carbon Uptake
Alternative Ways to Remotely Estimate Photosynthetic Stress of Terrestrial Vegetation
Final Considerations

Earth Observation of Carbon-Cycling Pools and Processes in Northern High-Latitude Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing of Carbon Cycling Processes at Northern High Latitudes
Remote Sensing of Vegetation Biomass and Primary Production in Arctic Tundra
Remote Sensing of Vegetation Biomass and Primary Production in Boreal Forests
Remote Sensing of Land-Atmosphere Exchange of Carbon in Arctic Tundra and Boreal Forests
Remote Sensing of Soil Carbon Processes (Soil Respiration, Decomposition, Methane Production) and Stocks in Arctic Tundra and Boreal Forests
Remote Sensing of Carbon Emissions from Fire
Summary and Conclusions

Monitoring the Ecosystem Service of Forage Production
ANPP Estimation through Successive Biomass Harvests
ANPP Estimation through Remote Sensing
Radiation Use Efficiency Estimation through ANPP and APAR
Forage Monitoring System Based on Remote Sensing
Other Uses of Remote Sensing for Livestock Systems

Missing Gaps in the Estimation of the Carbon Gains Service from Light Use Efficiency Models
Material and Methods

Biomass Burning Emission Estimation in Amazon Tropical Forest
Methods for Estimation of Biomass Burning Emission
Biomass Distribution in Amazon Tropical Forest
Materials and Methods
Results and Discussion

Earth Observation for Species Diversity Assessment and Monitoring
Finding Species from Space
Earth Observation Of Land Cover And Species Niches
Measuring Ecosystem Functioning In Animal Ecology And Conservation
Concluding Remarks

Ecosystem Services Assessment of National Parks Networks for Functional Diversity and Carbon Conservation Strategies Using Remote Sensing

Catchment Scale Analysis of the Influence of Riparian Vegetation on River Ecological Integrity Using Earth Observation Data
Study Area
Datasets and Method

Evaluation of Hydrological Ecosystem Services through Remote Sensing
Society and Hydrological Services
Hydrological Services and the Water Cycle
Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Functioning for Hydrological Services Provision
Remote Sensing of Drivers and Pressures of Hydrological Services
Integrating Remote Sensing Data with Hydrological Modelling
Conclusions and Perspectives

Assimilation of Remotely Sensed Data into Hydrologic Modeling for Ecosystem Services Assessment
Hydrologic Modeling and Ecosystem Services Quantification
Hydrologic Modeling and Remote Sensing
Water Quality Monitoring and Remote Sensing

Detecting Ecosystem Reliance on Groundwater Based on Satellite-Derived Greenness Anomalies and Temporal Dynamics
Results and Discussion

Surface Soil Moisture Monitoring by Remote Sensing: Applications to Ecosystem Processes and Scale Effects
Soil Moisture Monitoring By Remote Sensing Sources
Assimilation of Remote Sensing Data into Hydrological Modeling
Estimating ET as an Indirect Valuation for Soil Moisture Stress on Vegetation
Final Remarks/Conclusions

Snowpack as a Key Element In Mountain Ecosystem Services: Some Clues to Design Useful Monitoring Programs
Introduction: From Monitoring Snow Cover to Quantify Ecosystem Services
Design and Implementation of Methodologies to Monitor the Services Provided by Snow Cover
Final Services Provided By Snow in Mountain Areas
A Case Study of Monitoring Snow Cover to Quantify Ecosystem Services: Sierra Nevada Biosphere Reserve (Spain)

Characterizing and Monitoring Climate Regulation Services
Identification of Ecosystem Functional Types
Biophysical Properties from Ecosystem Functional Types
Climate Regulation Services in Regional Modeling
Discussion and Conclusions

Ecosystem Services Related to Energy Balance. A Case Study of Wetlands Reflected Energy
Wetlands Reflected Energy

Energy Balance and Evapotranspiration: A Remote Sensing Approach to Assess Ecosystem Services
Ecosystem Services, Energy Balance and Evapotranspiration
Relating ET and Energy Balance to Ecosystem Services
The Use of Remote Sensing to Estimate Evapotranspiration and Its Relationship with Ecosystem Services
Evapotranspiration, Albedo, Land Surface Temperature and Their Relation with Ecosystem Services
A Case Study: The Impact of Large-Scale Deforestation on Dry Forests Of Central Argentina: Changes in Evapotranspiration, Surface Temperature and Albedo At Landscape Scale

Urban Heat Island Effect
Evaluation of the Urban Heat Island Effect
Requirements of A Suitable Remote Sensing Sensor to Analyze the Urban Heat Island Effect
Assessment of Different Procedures to Retrieve the Land Surface Emissivity over Urban Areas

Multidimensional Approaches in Ecosystem Services Assessment
The Need of a Multidimensional and Interdisciplinary Framework for Ecosystem Service Assessment
The Supply Side of Ecosystem Services
The Demand Side of Ecosystem Services
Discussion and Future Steps: Towards Hybrid Methodologies And New Concepts

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"… a valuable compendium of information… should serve as an impetus driving greater awareness of remote sensing technologies and their adoption in ecosystem service assessments."
—African Journal of Range & Forage Science 2015, 32(1)

"Monitoring and mapping ecosystem services is critical to their effective management. This book covers the latest remote sensing techniques for doing that. A must read for anyone concerned with ecosystem services."
—Robert Costanza, The Australian National University

"… a broad and valuable introduction to the use of remotely sensed data sets in assessing and monitoring key ecosystem services. … relevant to students and researchers interested in using earth observations in advancing their methods of inquiry. The subject matter is impressive, ranging from the carbon cycle to urban heat island effects. As humankind brings increasingly greater pressure to bear on natural systems, an improved understanding of their function in the context of change is critical. … an important contribution in explaining the utility of remotely sensed data in meeting this challenge."
—Matthew C. Hansen, University of Maryland

"… synthesizes the state of the art of how remote sensing can contribute to get the pulse of the planet, specifically on how our ecosystems are changing and what key benefits they provide to societies. … Timely, systematic, reliable, and easily accessible information on the flow of services to society from ecosystems is urgently needed: this book contributes one great leap forward. A massive effort from all nations will be needed to achieve full implementation of the suggested approach."
—Patricia Balvanera, Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

"… offers a great overview of how earth observation systems are being used, can be used in the near future and what the caveats and pitfalls are at present. … It is one of the objectives of GEO BON to provide this overview and develop capacity building programmes for the whole community. This book is a good step into that direction."
—Rob H.G. Jongman, Alterra, Wageningen UR, Steering Committee GEO BON