In this series, we will hear about:
- The ecological future of our planet
- The communication and scepticism of green ideas
- Advances and directions in energy and sustainability
- Animal habitats and human impact
Join us on the 25th April at 10am BST / 9am GMT for the seventh episode in our series, with Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, who will tell us about modern technologies and interdisciplinary approaches used in monitoring and protecting biodiversity.
The current biodiversity crisis, combined with climate breakdown, is leading the planet’s life-support systems to approach a danger zone for humanity. Our ability to monitor the state of biodiversity and the impacts of global environmental change on this natural capital is fundamental to designing effective adaptation and mitigation strategies for preventing further loss of biological diversity. Satellite remote sensing can provide key data in this context, offering repeatable, standardized and verifiable information on long-term trends in biodiversity indicators. Satellite remote sensing permits one to address questions on scales inaccessible to ground-based methods alone, facilitating the development of an integrated approach to natural resource management, where biodiversity, pressures to biodiversity and consequences of management decisions can all be monitored.
Nathalie will provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the prospects of satellite remote sensing for ecological and conservation applications, highlighting new research and technological developments that have a high potential to make a difference in environmental management.
The slides for this talk can be found here.
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Full series programme:
- 4th April, 1.30pm BST How NOT to save a planet with Prof Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, the Dean of Durham Law School
- 13th April, 10am BST - The challenges of communicating climate change with Dr Christel W. van Eck, University of Amsterdam
- 19th April, 3pm BST - Achieving climate goals in the residential sector and industry: Power to heat and Green hydrogen as the most promising applications of sector integration with Tuomas Vanhanen, Tampere University, Finland, and Jasmin Ramsebner, Vienna University of Technology
- 20th April, 4pm BST - Role of AI in Predicting Climate Disasters in Northern Regions with Dr. Pooneh Maghoul, Polytechnique Montreal and PhD Candidate Ali Fatolahzadeh Gheysari, University of Manitoba
- 21st April 1pm BST - The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change with Prof. E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- 22nd April, 10am BST - Home away from home: The importance of sanctuaries for protecting and studying our fellow apes with PhD Candidate Jake Brooker, Durham University
- 25th April, 10am BST - Satellite Remote Sensing - a Conservation Revolution with Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
- 26th April, 9am BST - Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System with Professor Neil Ward, Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich
- 28th April, 11am BST - Defusing the 2020s Heat Bomb: Getting Government Action Now with Prof Ian Budge, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex
- 4th May, 3pm BST - Opportunities for storage to achieve deep decarbonization across sectors with Prof Noah Kittner, University of North Carolina System, Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
- 9th May, 9am BST - Impacts of Plastics Pollution on Seabirds with PhD Candidate Peter Puskic, University of Tasmania
- 12th May, 10am BST - Biotransformation Technology: How to deliver full biological decomposition on polyolefin packaging materials in the open environment with Celine Moreira, Polymateria
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli heads the Environmental Monitoring and Conservation Modelling (EMCM) team, which is interested in developing tools and methodologies supporting the sustainable management of natural resources. Her own research is about assessing and predicting the impacts of global environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, with a particular focus on climate change; the aim is to conduct high quality, innovative and internationally recognized research through a multi-disciplinary approach involving statistics, remote sensing and programming. Extensive experience with remote sensing data and its usefulness in ecology and conservation drives her interest in promoting a better integration of satellite-based data in global monitoring programs.
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