Spectranomics: Emerging science and conservation opportunities at the interface of biodiversity and remote sensing

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With the goal of advancing remote sensing in biodiversity science, Spectranomics represents an emerging approach, and a suite of quantitative methods, intended to link plant canopy phylogeny and functional traits to their spectral-optical properties. The current Spectranomics database contains about one half of known tropical forest canopy tree species worldwide, and has become a forecasting asset for predicting aspects of plant functional and biological diversity to be remotely mapped and monitored with current and future spectral remote sensing technology. To mark ten years of Spectranomics, we review recent scientific outcomes to further stimulate engagement in the use of spectral remote sensing for biodiversity and functional ecology research. In doing so, we highlight three major emerging opportunities for the science and conservation communities based on Spectranomics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-219
Number of pages8
JournalGlobal Ecology and Conservation
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Biogeography
  • Conservation mapping
  • Functional traits
  • Imaging spectroscopy
  • Phylogeny
  • Plant traits
  • Remote sensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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