Remote Sensing Technology for Threatened and Endangered Plant Species Recovery
Technical Report,01 Sep 2012,31 Jul 2017
California State Polytechnic University Pomona United States
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For the more than 100,000 plant species worldwide thought to be at risk of extinction, a lack of suitable habitat is the major barrier to their recoveryPitman and Jorgensen 2002, Godefroid et al. 2011, Maschinski and Haskins 2012. The two primary conservation actions for threatened, endangered, and at-risk plant species TER-S are to restore suitable habitat areas so that extant populations can expand and to reintroduce individuals to restored or protected areas. Reintroduction is an expensive, slow effort but is often essential when population sizes are very low or there are other barriers to dispersal among suitable habitats Maschinski and Haskins 2012. The success rates of reintroduction projects are variable, and low success is often due to a lack of suitable habitat, the very cause of decline Godefroid et al. 2011, Drayton and Primack 2012, IUCN 2013. This demonstration addresses a major challenge to reintroduction success - finding suitable habitats in fragmented and degraded landscapes.
- Optical Detection and Detectors