[MARMAM] NEW: "Satellite imagery to study polar ecology" session at SCAR 2018 conference

Michelle LaRue larue010 at umn.edu
Thu Sep 7 10:37:15 PDT 2017

Hello everyone!

Dr. Heather Lynch and I are pleased to announce a special session at Polar
2018 (www.polar2018.org) on "Using satellite imagery to study wildlife
ecology in Polar Regions". If you are interested in participating in this
special session, the deadline for Polar 2018 abstracts is *November 1*. We
look forward to seeing you all in Davos and look forward to assembling an
exciting group of talks and posters to advance the field of satellite-based
wildlife monitoring in the polar areas.

*Polar 2018 Special Session: Using satellite imagery to study wildlife
ecology in Polar Regions*

*Session Description*: The last decade has brought about an enormous and
rapidly growing interest in the use of satellite imagery to map polar
wildlife. The relative simplicity of the Arctic and Antarctic landscapes,
and the logistical difficulty of direct survey methods in remote polar
areas, has contributed to the interest in mapping wildlife remotely.
Furthermore, the varieties of satellite platforms (e.g., spatial
resolution, spectral resolution, and spatial coverage of the image
footprint) allow for much-needed data fusion techniques that elucidate not
only enumeration and trends of animal populations but their relationship to
other ecosystem processes. In this session, we will discuss recent
technical advances in the use of satellite imagery to study the
distribution and abundance of polar wildlife and how these advances have
been applied to the ecology of polar vertebrates. Such advances include,
but are not limited to, techniques for efficient manual interpretation,
crowd-sourcing interpretation, computer vision for automated
interpretation, as well as downstream methods for data validation,
phenology corrections, and models to understand species-specific detection
probability by satellite imagery. Given the methodological similarities in
detecting wildlife in both Polar Regions but the different interpretations
of ecological processes, it is our aim to bring together researchers with
experiences in both regions to discuss and to provide insight about these
advances in satellite technology.

Details may be found at http://bit.ly/2f1bxO1

Heather Lynch & Michelle LaRue, Session conveners

Dr. Michelle LaRue
Research Associate
Office of the Vice President for Research
405 Johnston Hall
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Earth Sciences
116 Church St SE
150 John T. Tate Hall
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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