BMC Ecology and Evolution is calling for submissions to our Collection on Automated and remote biodiversity monitoring. Preventing, halting, and reversing biodiversity loss is now being prioritized globally. In December 2022, world leaders adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. The Framework outlines goals to be achieved by 2050 via quantitative targets actioned by 2030 to protect and restore nature. Technological advances that allow automated or remote biodiversity monitoring are rapidly evolving and promise to help meet these global targets by providing scientific evidence to inform and evaluate ecosystem management and policy decisions.
In support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6: Clean water and sanitation, 13: Climate action, 14: Life below water, and 15: Life on land, BMC Ecology and Evolution welcomes research harnessing the power of remote sensing, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), camera traps, distributed and connected sensor systems, lidar technology, environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis, mobile applications, and bioacoustics for automated and remote biodiversity monitoring. We also encourage the submission of research that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to tackle the challenge of analyzing the abundance of data generated by such technologies for biodiversity monitoring.
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