Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Understanding our Planet’s Biodiversity through Earth Observations

Biodiversity is under threat from numerous global challenges, such as rapid habitat changes to invasive species and pollution. Understanding and safeguarding this complex web requires comprehensive insights. Earth observations offer an essential perspective, serving as a beacon for the well-being of all life.

Utilizing Earth observations, we can:

  • Get a unified view of global biodiversity patterns and trends, such as the spread of invasive species or the effects of climate change on habitats.
  • Monitor and understand the health and dynamics of diverse ecosystems, from forests to marine environments.
  • Offer valuable data for conservationists, helping identify areas needing urgent intervention or monitoring the recovery of one-threatened regions.

Beyond just observing

Earth observations aren’t just about gathering data, they’re powerful tools for informed environmental action. Whether it's helping nations monitor forest carbon in the fight against climate change or detailing climate trends in mountain regions to influence informed sustainable decision-making, these insights are crucial.

The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) is central to this mission, alongside other vital GEO initiatives, all lead by the overarching framework of GEOSS. Together, they work beyond just centralizing and standardizing biodiversity and ecosystem data; they foster global collaborations and enhance the accessibility of critical insights. This ensures that policymakers, conservationists, and communities have the knowledge needed for decisive, quick action.