Paola Mairota

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Crop damages to wildlife is a frequent form of human-wildlife conflict. Identifying areas where the risk of crop damages is highest is pivotal to set up preventive measures and reduce conflict. Species distribution models are routinely used to predict species distribution in response of environmental changes. The aim of this paper was assessing whether(More)
Understanding the causes and effects of species invasions is a priority in ecology and conservation biology. One of the crucial steps in evaluating the impact of invasive species is to map changes in their actual and potential distribution and relative abundance across a wide region over an appropriate time span. While direct and indirect remote sensing(More)
Periodic monitoring of biodiversity changes at a landscape scale constitutes a key issue for conservation managers. Earth observation (EO) data offer a potential solution, through direct or indirect mapping of species or habitats. Most national and international programs rely on the use of land cover (LC) and/or land use (LU) classification systems. Yet,(More)
To support decisions relating to the use and conservation of protected areas and surrounds, the EU-funded BIOdiversity multi-SOurce monitoring System: from Space TO Species (BIO SOS) project has developed the Earth Observation Data for HAbitat Monitoring (EODHaM) system for consistent mapping and monitoring of biodiversity. The EODHaM approach has adopted(More)
Monitoring the status and future trends in biodiversity can be prohibitively expensive using groundbased surveys. Consequently, significant effort is being invested in the use of satellite remote sensing to represent aspects of the proximate mechanisms (e.g., resource availability) that can be related to biodiversity surrogates (BS) such as species(More)
Modelling the empirical relationships between habitat quality and species distribution patterns is the first step to understanding human impacts on biodiversity. It is important to build on this understanding to develop a broader conceptual appreciation of the influence of surrounding landscape structure on local habitat quality, across multiple spatial(More)
There is an increasing need of effective monitoring systems for habitat quality assessment. Methods based on remote sensing (RS) features, such as vegetation indices, have been proposed as promising approaches, complementing methods based on categorical data to support decision making. Here, we evaluate the ability of Earth observation (EO) data, based on a(More)
Protected areas are experiencing increased levels of human pressure. To enable appropriate conservation action, it is critical to map and monitor changes in the type and extent of land cover/use and habitat classes, which can be related to human pressures over time. Satellite Earth observation (EO) data and techniques offer the opportunity to detect such(More)
Biodiversity – the variety of life forms and our “natural capital nd life-insurance” (European Commission, 2011) – is on decline Isbell, 2010; Trochet and Schmeller, 2013), with consequences on cosystem function and stability, and ultimately human well-being Naeem et al., 2009). Since 1992, the International Convention on iological Diversity, short CBD, has(More)
a Department of Agro-Environmental and Territorial Sciences, University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy b Department of Economy, University of Foggia, Largo Papa Giovanni Paolo II, 1, 71100 Foggia, Italy c School of Animal Biology, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia d CSIRO Land and(More)