terrestrial ecosystem, geospatial data, remote sensing, GIS


  • Ram Avtar, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Yunus P. Ali, Researcher, Chengdu University of Technology, China
  • Prakhar Misra, Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan

Session description:

Tropical forests hold most of the world’s biodiversity and various efforts have been made to curb deforestation and biodiversity loss. These efforts mainly focus on mapping biodiversity and carbon storage at local to global scale with the use of fine resolution to coarse resolution satellite data. The UN-Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) initiative, which aims to conserve carbon storage of tropical forests while safeguarding biodiversity also need real-time information about change in forest cover. With the advancement of geospatial techniques with a multi-sensor approach, the quantification of the terrestrial ecosystem and their role in climate change mitigation has been widely studied. Multi spatiotemporal geospatial data plays a major role to study of changes in the terrestrial ecosystem and biodiversity. It also demonstrates the effects of climate variability on forest and biodiversity and how stable forests are in responding to climate variability. The goal of this session is to invite papers which are able to (1) explore the role of geospatial techniques to quantify terrestrial ecosystem in climate change mitigation, (2) apply an innovative multi-sensor approach to analyze land use/land cover change in novel ways, and (3) integrate geospatial and ground-based information to improve the results.