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Monitoring Biodiversity
Combining Environmental and Social Data

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ISBN 9781032015941
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
384 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is an exciting reappraisal of the role and practice of biodiversity monitoring, showing how new technologies and software applications are rapidly maturing and can both complement and maintain continuity with the best practice in traditional field skills.

Environmental monitoring is a key component in a large number of national programmes and constitutes an important aspect of understanding environmental change and supporting policy development. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Monitoring Biodiversity begins by discussing monitoring as an established field and examines the various budgetary and technological challenges. It examines different methodologies, the variation between countries and the design features relevant to understanding monitoring systems created for new policy goals or different funding situations. The huge variety of methods revealed across 18 chapters, which vary from statistical designs to remote sensing, interviews, surveys, and new ways of stacking and combining data and thematic information for visualisation and modelling, underlines just how mature and multi-faceted the modern practice of monitoring can be. It concludes with several problem-based chapters which discuss the design and implementation of environmental monitoring in specific scenarios such as urban and aquatic areas. All chapters include a section on key messages, study questions and further reading.

With a focus on Europe, but with international relevance, Monitoring Biodiversity will be an essential resource for students at all levels of environmental monitoring, assessment and management.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Monitoring biodiversity - combining environmental and social data. E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Anna Allard and Alan Brown Chapter 2. Monitoring as a field. Anna Allard, Claire Wood, Lisa Norton, Andreas Aagard Christensen, Veerle van Eetvelde, Alan Brown, Henrik Persson and Louise Eriksson Chapter 3. Demands on monitoring. Anna Allard, Santiago Guerrero, Andreas Aagaard Christensen, Armin Benzler, Magnus Appelberg, Göran Ståhl and Mats Sandewall Chapter 4. Designing monitoring systems. Åsa Ranlund, Anton Grafström, Alan Brown, Henrik Hedenås and Gregor Levin Chapter 5. Data collected in situ, unique details or integrated components of monitoring schemes. Anna Allard, Alan Brown, Clive Hurford, Christian Isendahl, Andreas Hilpold, Ulrike Pappeiner, Julia Strolb and Henrik Hedenås Chapter 6. Citizen Science: data collection by volunteers. Anders Bryn, Tim Hofmeester, Lisa Norton and René Van Der Wal Chapter 7. Remote sensing and Earth observation systems. Mats Nilsson, Jonas Ardö, Mats Söderström, Anna Allard, Alan Brown and Luke Webber Chapter 8. New and changing use of technologies in monitoring: drones, artificial intelligence and environmental DNA. Anna Allard, Luke Webber, Jonas Hentati Sundberg and Alan Brown Chapter 9. Managing hybrid methods for integration and combination of data. Anna Allard, Andreas Aagaard Christensen, Alan Brown and Veerle Van Eetvelde Chapter 10. Social data: what exists in reporting schemes for different land systems? Claire Wood, Mats Sandewall, Stefan Sandström, Göran Ståhl, Anna Allard, Andreas Eriksson, Christian Isendahl and Lisa Norton Chapter 11. Understanding the social context of monitoring. E. Carina H. Keskitalo and Gun Lidestav Chapter 12. Register data as a resource for analysis. Urban Lindgren and Einar Holm Chapter 13. Survey questionnaires; data collection for understanding management conditions. Kerstin Westin, Claire Wood, Urša Vilhar and Marcus Hedblom Chapter 14. Interviews with landowners/managers – what can they provide? E. Carina H. Keskitalo and Elias Andersson Chapter 15. Designing and Adapting Biodiversity Monitoring Schemes. Alan Brown, Henrik Hedenås, Einar Holm, Torgny Lind, Anna E Richards, Suzanne M Prober and Becky Schmidt Chapter 16. Monitoring small biotopes and habitats with a history of cultural management. Clive Hurford and Gregor Levin Chapter 17. Case study: Reindeer husbandry plans – ‘Is this even monitoring?’ Per Sandström, Stefan Sandström, Ulrika Roos and Erik Cronvall Chapter 18. Reflections on monitoring - Conclusions and ways forward. E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Alan Brown and Anna Allard Index

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Anna Allard is Researcher at the Division of Landscape Analysis, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She has worked for many years in national monitoring of biodiversity on the landscape scale, in several ongoing monitoring schemes seashores and mountains as well as national digital vegetation mapping. Her expertise is in Landscape Ecology and analysis of the landscape and vegetation by remote sensing.

E. Carina H. Keskitalo is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Geography, Umeå University, and a guest researcher at the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences. She has published widely on forest and natural resource policy and use, amongst others applying qualitative methods.

Alan Brown has worked for one of the UK nature conservation agencies as the senior remote sensing manager, previously as the lead on terrestrial monitoring. His professional background is in upland ecology, vegetation survey and monitoring, computer programming, multivariate and statistical analysis.