A few years ago, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology approached me with a request for the remote sensing data reported in my 2014 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment paper. The paper reported alarming losses of East Asia’s coastal wetlands, which we detected with a new remote sensing method developed especially for identifying intertidal habitats. Cornell were keen to produce videos to highlight the alarming plight of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, and were particularly interested in visualising the loss of coastal wetlands.
Cornell did an incredible job at visualising the remote sensing data and the video ranks among the best visualisations of remote sensing data I’ve ever seen. More importantly, it clearly communicates the critical problem of coastal wetland loss across East Asia and the huge impact it is having on migratory shorebird populations in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. As a result of this habitat loss, shorebird populations across Asia, Australia, Alaska and the Pacific are in rapid decline and many have now been listed as threatened on Australia’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
- Fuller Lab at the University of Queensland
- East Asian-Australasian Flyway partnership
- Global Flyway Network
- Australasian Wader Study Group
- Queensland Wader Study Group
- Victorian Wader Study Group
- Birdlife Australia
See here for all of the great videos produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.