Abstract # 1196 Event # 48:

Scheduled for Monday, June 26, 2006 04:30 PM-06:00 PM: Session 7 (Princess) Symposium

SYMPOSIUM:  Remote Sensing Tools for Great Ape Research and Conservation: Current Applications and Future Needs

L. Pintea1 and N. Laporte2
1The Jane Goodall Institute, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, Virginia, USA, 2Woods Hole Research Center
     Space technologies can provide detailed analyses on the state of ecosystems and provide critical information to document and forecast threats to species conservation. A multitude of satellite-based sensors of varying characteristics now make it possible to map land cover and land use within great ape ranges. The recent explosion in desktop computing power, GIS, and a new generation of satellites capable of imaging areas as small as 60-cm have greatly enhanced the ability of primatologists to map great ape habitats. However, the perceived complexities of remote sensing data and analysis often discourage conservation biologists from using this valuable resource. Few guidelines exist to facilitate the process of selecting the most appropriate systems within specific research and conservation objectives and budget constraints. Goals of this workshop will be: 1. To provide an overview of the latest satellite sensors and applications for mapping and monitoring great ape habitats; 2. To discuss available NASA Earth Science products to support conservation decisions; 3. To develop a better understanding of future information needs; 4. To facilitate a dialogue on how these needs might be addressed, focusing on technical, institutional and human aspects.