Project: Detection of invasive plant species and assessment of their impact on ecosystem properties through remote sensing

Remote sensing technology provides a systematic, objective and synoptic view of the Earth’s surface, offering the capacity to generate large, statistically valid predictions of species distributions. It is yet largely underexplored and underused by ecologists, although it offers a great opportunity to target biological invasion and their impact at various spatial and temporal scales. By bringing together ecologists and remote sensing specialists, DIARS will contribute to increase interdisciplinary links and to fill the gap between these field and remote sensing approaches. DIARS aims at better demonstrating and characterizing the impact of invasive species on ecosystems through the combined use of field data and data obtained through remote-sensing technologies. It also aims at supporting monitoring, prediction of spread and risk assessment of invasive plant species through remote sensing as preconditions for taking management measures for mitigation.

Acronym DIARS
Duration 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2016
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Network BiodivERsA2
Call BiodivERsA Call 2012-2013 on invasive species and biological invasions

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Carnegie Institution for Science United States
Edmund Mach Foundation - Research and Innovation Centre Italy
Flemish Institute for Technological Research Coordinator Belgium
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
National Center for Scientific Research and University of Picardie Jules Verne France
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany
University of Leuven Belgium