DigitalGlobe announced that the Nature Conservancy is using DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite imagery to assess biological diversity and conservation progress in several regions throughout the U.S. and worldwide. The Nature Conservancy leverages satellite imagery and geospatial technologies to better understand, monitor, and predict natural and human systems.
The Nature Conservancy has developed a rigorous science-based approach to conserve plants, animals and ecological systems within a diverse portfolio of conservation areas. First, within each project area, the biodiversity is evaluated and a set of target species or ecosystems is identified. For each of these targets, an ecological model is developed to understand how the species or ecosystem functions and which processes and resources are needed to maintain or enhance its quality. Sources of stress and threats to the targets, such as habitat destruction, invasive species or water pollution, are determined. Then, strategies are formulated to address those threats. Finally, the impact of those strategies is monitored over time, and the process is repeated in an “adaptive management” framework.
Satellite imagery and GIS have proven to be critical tools that the Conservancy employs at every stage of this iterative process.