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Making Earth Observation Work for UK Biodiversity Conservation – Phase 1 2014


Earth observation (EO) is identified within all the conservation bodies and Defra as an important development area for monitoring habitats of high conservation value. This report presents the findings of a short-term scoping study; the first phase of a three phase project – 'Making Earth Observation Work (MEOW)' – designed to consider the practical role Earth Observation can play in addressing habitat monitoring and surveillance needs in the UK.

The aim of Phase 1 of the project was to:

  • review recent activity reporting the potential of Earth Observation techniques for operational biodiversity surveillance of terrestrial and freshwater habitats;
  • summarise the use of such techniques by UK country conservation agencies; and
  • identify their potential as a cost-effective solution to current surveillance and monitoring needs.

Details of phase 2 of the project are provided in JNCC Report No. 495, Phase 2.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2014·08·01

Medcalf, K.A., Parker, J.A., Turton, N. & Finch C. 2014. Making Earth Observation Work for UK Biodiversity Conservation – Phase 1. JNCC Report No. 495, Phase 1, JNCC, Peterborough.

This report describes Phase 1 of the three-part research project 'Making Earth Observation Work' (MEOW).

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·06·09

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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