Overview of our automated change detection algorithms for satellite imagery to aid in ESA compliance.
Abstract: The Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife has been developing methods to use the increasing abundance of remote sensing data to inform and improve imperiled species conservation. Our goal is to develop a set of generalized methods that can be applied in a variety of landscapes to detect land cover changes. We have used these methods to detect habitat disturbance from energy development and agricultural conversion across the range of the lesser prairie chicken, and are currently tracking the appearance and growth of sand mining in the range of the dunes sagebrush lizard in west Texas. There are many ways to use these analytical tools for conservation, and we will continue to develop and use them in other contexts, both independently and in collaboration with conservation partners.