Remote Sensing for Freshwater Habitats | Land Portal
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Brock Blevins,
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Freshwater habitats play an important role in ecological function and biodiversity. Remote sensing of these ecosystems is primarily tied to observations of the drivers of biodiversity and ecosystem health. Remote sensing can be used to understand things like land use and land cover change in a watershed, habitat connectivity along a water body, water body location and extent, and water quality parameters. This webinar series will guide participants through using NASA Earth observations for habitat monitoring, specifically for freshwater fish and other species. The training will also provide a conceptual overview, as well as the tools and techniques for applying landscape environmental variables to genetic and habitat diversity in species. 

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals: 

Target 6.6: Strength resilience & adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries

Target 14.2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture    

Course Dates: September 17, 24, and October 1, 2019.

Times: 10:00-11:00 or 18:00-19:00 EDT (UTC-4)

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will: 

- understand the limitations of using remote sensing for freshwater habitats

- find data and models that can be used in their landscape genetics and habitat monitoring work

- see how remote sensing can be used for habitat restoration, ecological assessments, and climate change assessments relating to freshwater systems

- be able to use the Riverscape Analysis Project decision support system

- be familiar with the Freshwater Health Index

Course Format: Three, one-hour parts that include lectures, demonstrations, and question & answer sessions. 

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