Mapping soil microbiological biodiversity using simulated CHIME hyperspectral data

A.K. Skidmore, H. Abdullah*, Andjin Siegenthaler, Devara Prawira Adiningrat, Yiwei Duan, Mélody Rousseau, Alejandra Torres Rodriguez, R. Darvishzadeh, Tiejun Wang, Arjen de Groot

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Microbial communities play a pivotal role within forest ecosystems, serving as linchpins for the overall health, structure, and sustainability of these vital environments. While recent advances in molecular research offer a promising means to study these often-neglected communities, they come with significant cost and labor demands, making large-scale assessments challenging. However, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The emergence of spaceborne hyperspectral sensors in recent years has presented an innovative solution to bridge the gaps in our data. These sensors enable the extrapolation of environmental DNA (eDNA)-based microbial profiles across expansive regions. For instance, the impending launch of the next-generation CHIME satellite, known as the Copernicus Hyperspectral Imaging Mission for the Environment, will cater to the surging demand for hyperspectral data needed for expanding our understanding of microbial diversity based on eDNA analysis. This revolutionary global image spectrometer promises to transform the field of biodiversity monitoring, especially in the context of microbial communities. It will empower researchers to identify thousands of taxonomic units directly from modest soil, water, or plant samples. Despite this groundbreaking capability, our comprehension of the spatial distribution of microbiological biodiversity and its critical contribution to ecosystem function remains limited due to the scarcity of in-situ observations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2024
Event13th EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy 2024 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 16 Apr 202419 Apr 2024
Conference number: 13


Workshop13th EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy 2024
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