1st Edition

Monitoring Biodiversity Combining Environmental and Social Data

Edited By Anna Allard, E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Alan Brown Copyright 2023
    416 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    416 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 visualization and modelling, underlines just how mature and multifaceted the modern practice of monitoring can be. It concludes with several problem-based chapters that discuss the design and implementation of environmental monitoring in specific scenarios such as urban and aquatic areas. All chapters include 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.

    1. Monitoring biodiversity: - combining environmental and social data

    E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Anna Allard, and Alan Brown

    2. Monitoring as a field

    Anna Allard, Claire Wood, Lisa Norton, Andreas Aagard Christensen, Veerle Van Eetvelde, Alan Brown, Henrik Persson, and Louise Eriksson

    3. Demands on monitoring

    Anna Allard, Santiago Guerrero, Andreas Aagaard Christensen, Armin Benzler, Magnus Appelberg, Göran Ståhl, and Mats Sandewall

    4. Designing monitoring systems

    Åsa Ranlund, Anton Grafström, Alan Brown, Henrik Hedenås, and Gregor Levin

    5. Data collected in situ: unique details or integrated components of monitoring schemes

    Anna Allard, Alan Brown, Clive Hurford, Christian Isendahl, Andreas Hilpold, Ulrike Tappeiner, Julia Strolb, and Henrik Hedenås

    6. Citizen Science: data collection by volunteers

    Anders Bryn, René Van Der Wal, Lisa Norton, and Tim Hofmeester

    7. Remote sensing and Earth observation systems

    Mats Nilsson, Jonas Ardö, Mats Söderström, Anna Allard, Alan Brown, and Luke Webber

    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

    9. Managing hybrid methods for integration and combination of data

    Anna Allard, Andreas Aagaard Christensen, Alan Brown, and Veerle Van Eetvelde

    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

    11. Understanding the social context of monitoring

    E. Carina H. Keskitalo and Gun Lidestav

    12. Register data as a resource for analysis

    Urban Lindgren and Einar

    13. Survey questionnaires: data collection for understanding management conditions

    Kerstin Westin, Claire Wood, Urša Vilhar, and Marcus Hedblom

    14. Interviews with landowners and managers – what can they provide?

    E. Carina H. Keskitalo and Elias Andersson

    15. Designing and adapting biodiversity monitoring schemes

    Alan Brown, Henrik Hedenås, Einar Holm, Torgny Lind, Anna E. Richards, Suzanne M. Prober, and Becky Schmidt

    16. Monitoring small biotopes and habitats with a history of cultural management

    Clive Hurford and Gregor Levin

    17. Case study: reindeer husbandry plans – "Is this even monitoring?"

    Per Sandström, Stefan Sandström, Ulrika Roos, and Erik Cronvall

    18. Reflections on monitoring: conclusions and ways forward

    E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Alan Brown, and Anna Allard



    Anna Allard is researcher in 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 including 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 in the Department of Geography, Umeå University, and a guest researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She has published widely on forest and natural resource policy and use 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, and multivariate and statistical analysis.