GC025:
Development of Essential Biodiversity Variables: Progress and Challenges





Session ID#: 25109

Session Description:
Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) are being developed by the Group on Earth Observation’s (GEO) Biodiversity Observation Network (BON). EBVs are those variables required to study, report, and manage biodiversity change, focusing on status and trends in elements of biodiversity. Candidate EBVs, which cover terrestrial and aquatic realms, include phenology, ecosystem extent and fragmentation, and species occurrence (see http://geobon.org/essential-biodiversity-variables for a full list).  Because Earth observing satellites make frequent, repeated observations across the globe, they are often a key input to numerous EBVs. Although this session will focus on EBVs with a significant remote sensing component, we welcome any EBV development abstract, as EBVs should be measurement agnostic. The goal for this session is to bring together those who are thinking about EBV development to share ideas, progress, challenges, and lessons learned, with the ultimate aim of moving forward a collective set of EBVs and identifying observing requirements.
Primary Convener:  Allison K Leidner, ASRC Federal Holding Company, Beltsville, MD, United States; NASA Headquarters, Earth Science Division, Washington, DC, United States
Conveners:  Gary N Geller, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, Marc Paganini, European Space Research Institute, Frascati, Italy and Woody Turner, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • B - Biogeosciences
  • IN - Earth and Space Science Informatics
  • OS - Ocean Sciences
Index Terms:

0410 Biodiversity [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
0439 Ecosystems, structure and dynamics [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
1622 Earth system modeling [GLOBAL CHANGE]
1640 Remote sensing [GLOBAL CHANGE]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Jean-François Pekel1, Alan Belward1 and Noel Gorelick2, (1)Joint Research Center Ispra, Ispra, Italy, (2)Google, Mountian View, CA, United States
Shobha Sriharan, Darlette Meekins, Marcus Comar, Stacey Bradshaw and Latia Jackson, Virginia State University, Agriculture, Petersburg, VA, United States
Allison K Leidner1,2, Andrew K Skidmore3, William W Turner2 and Gary N Geller4, (1)ASRC Federal Holding Company, Beltsville, MD, United States, (2)NASA Headquarters, Earth Science Division, Washington, DC, United States, (3)University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands, (4)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
Xuanlong Ma1,2, Miguel D Mahecha1,2, Mirco Migliavacca1, Yunpeng Luo1, Marcel Urban3, Friedrich J. Bohn4,5, Andreas Huth5,6 and Markus Reichstein1,2, (1)Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Department of Biogeochemical Integration, Jena, Germany, (2)German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig, Germany, (3)Friedrich Schiller University, Institute for Geography, Jena, Germany, (4)Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department for Ecological Modelling, Leipzig, Germany, (5)University of Osnabrük, Institute for Environmental System Research, Osnabrük, Germany, (6)Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Department for Ecological Modelling, Leibzig, Germany
Jianwei Wei and Zhongping Lee, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, United States
Abhishek Kumar1, Deepak R Mishra2, Roger Bledsoe1, Christopher Cameron1, Subash Dahal1, Caren Remillard1, Austin Stone1 and Patricia Stupp1, (1)NASA DEVELOP Program - WC, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, United States, (2)University of Georgia, Athens, GA, United States
Emiliana Valentini1, Federico Filipponi1, Alessandra Nguyen Xuan2 and Andrea Taramelli2, (1)Institute for Environmental Protection and the Environmental Research, Rome, Italy, (2)Eucentre Foundation, European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering, Pavia, Italy
Nicole L Michel1, Chad Wilsey1, Curtis Burkhalter2, Brian Trusty3 and Gary Langham4, (1)National Audubon Society, San Francisco, CA, United States, (2)National Audubon Society, Jacksonville, FL, United States, (3)National Audubon Society, Dallas, TX, United States, (4)National Audubon Society, Washington, DC, United States
Bonnie Myers1, T. Douglas Beard2, Sarah R Weiskopf1, Stephen T Jackson3, Derek Tittensor4, Mike Harfoot5, Gabriel B Senay6, Kimberly Casey7, Tim Michael Lenton8, Allison K Leidner9, Alexander C Ruane10, Simon Ferrier11, Shawn Serbin12, Hiroyuki Matsuda13, Alexey N Shiklomanov14 and Isabel Rosa15, (1)National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, Reston, VA, United States, (2)National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States, (3)USGS Southwest Climate Science Center, Tucson, AZ, United States, (4)United Nations Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Halifax, NS, Canada, (5)United Nations Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom, (6)Earth Resources Observation Systems Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD, United States, (7)USGS Headquarters, Land Remote Sensing Program, Reston, VA, United States, (8)University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4, United Kingdom, (9)ASRC Federal Holding Company, Beltsville, MD, United States, (10)NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY, United States, (11)Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Canberra, Australia, (12)Brookhaven National Laboratory, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Upton, NY, United States, (13)Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan, (14)Boston University, Boston, MA, United States, (15)German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig, Germany
Ran Wang, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada and John Arthur Gamon, Univ of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
David Schimel1, Ryan Pavlick2, E. Natasha Stavros3, Philip A Townsend4, Susan Ustin5 and David R. Thompson2, (1)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (2)Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (3)California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States, (4)University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States, (5)Univ California Davis, Davis, CA, United States
Frank E Muller-Karger, University of South Florida Tampa, St. Petersburg, FL, United States, Isabel Sousa Pinto, University of Porto, CIIMAR, Porto, Portugal, Mark J. Costello, Jhongli City, Taoyua, Taiwan, James Emmett Duffy, Smithsonian Institution, Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, Washington, DC, United States, Ward Appeltans, UNESCO, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Oostende, Belgium, Albert S Fischer, UNESCO Paris, IOC, Paris Cedex 15, France, Gabrielle Canonico, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, Silver Spring, MD, United States, Eduardo Klein, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela, David Obura, CORDIO, Mombasa, Kenya, Enrique Montes, University of South Florida, St Petersburg, FL, United States, Jay Pearlman, IEEE, Brest, France and Patricia Miloslavich, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Australia