Linking global species distributions and remote sensing data for climate change research

Principal Investigator: 
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Global insights into the magnitude of the biotic response to climatic change are desperately needed. It is therefore imperative to make full use of all available biodiversity distribution data over the broadest possible spatial and temporal extents. Earlier efforts at linking climate variability and changes to biological responses suffer from a lack of spatially and temporally consistent environmental data layers. This project offers tremendous synergies with existing global biodiversity efforts and will add a vital environmental change and remote sensing dimension to them, thus strongly advancing the contribution of NASA to the biodiversity community. Its goals are strongly aligned with the high-priority research tasks of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). The project outcomes of production, analysis, and distribution of global environmental data layers, enriched biodiversity information, probabilistic reserve species lists and biological change assessments will improve scientific knowledge and facilitate natural resource management in multiple significant ways. All products and metadata will be freely distributed in interoperable formats.

Resulting Publications :

Parmentier, Benoit, Brian McGill, Jim Regetz, Adam M. Wilson, Walter Jetz, Robert Guralnick, Mark Schildhauer, and Martha Narro. “Climate Interpolation of Daily Maximum Temperature: Improvements for the Production of Climate Datasets.” In 6th International Conference. Miami, FL: International Biogeography Society, 2013.

Wilson, Adam M., Benoit Parmentier, Brian McGill, Robert Guralnick, and Walter Jetz. “Incorporating Satellite Derived Cloud Climatologies to Improve High Resolution Interpolation of Daily Precipitation.” In 6th International Conference. Miami, FL: International Biogeography Society, 2013.