Prioritizing Remote Sensing Enabled Essential Biodiversity Variables

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV’s) have become an accepted nomenclature in the remote sensing community. However, finding an agreement on what biodiversity elements should actually be monitored is critical to assessing how biodiversity can be monitored using Earth Observation and the Copernicus services. Here we retain the original EBV classes, but reduce the number of EBVs by coalescing terms into logical biological groupings which are also widely referred to in the remote sensing literature. For each EBV class we group EO products specifically derivable from remote sensing. In this way, we propose a structure that represents a major step forward by defining EBVs in terms understandable for both biologists and remote sensing experts, reducing confusion between these two communities interact, and stimulating a new era of rapid development of remote sensing biodiversity products from satellites.
Period13 May 2019
Event titleESA Living Planet Symposium 2019
Event typeConference
LocationMilan, ItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • EBVs
  • remote sensing
  • biodiversity
  • essential biodiversity variables