Environment & Ecology
1 The challenge of preserving biodiversity, the functioning of ecosystems and the environmental services requires innovative approaches both to better know (conceptual level) and to better manage (applied level) the ecological systems. The nature of the threats that ecosystems are currently facing makes traditional experimental approaches insufficient nowadays, although they are necessary and essential. At the conceptual level, experiments in land lots carried out under controlled circumstances are certainly essential to evaluate hypotheses about how nature actually works. Nevertheless, increasingly nowadays, ecology professionals are required to put them within the context of the main environmental problems that humans are facing, with their global character and multiple dimensions.
2 To integrate such a context implies the challenge of studying ecological systems at time and space levels that differ from the ones existing in controlled experiments. Moreover, trying to understand the ecological consequences of, say, climate, atmospheric and territory-usage changes requires placing an emphasis on the different organization levels. This involves the study not only of tangible entities, such as individuals and populations, but also of organization levels with more undefined limits and with changing intangible features, such as communities and ecosystems.
In EKOFASTBA we acknowledge these challenges and have developed full methodologies for remote sensing in ecosystems.