Spatial data and their analysis underpin a wide range of conservation actions. The relationship between ecological data, analysis and conservation are shown in the diagram below, and the three conference themes have been selected to highlight the links between these elements.
Theme 1: Generating ecological data
An overview of the latest advances and opportunities in obtaining and accessing ecological data. The theme will include both methodological and technical developments, with a focus on spatial aspects of species and habitat monitoring, new satellite and other remotely sensed data, new GIS software and freeware, animal location and tracking methods, and locating spatial data on websites.
Theme 2: Undertaking spatial analysis
A review of advances in methods and techniques for analysing ecological data. This will include new statistical and modelling approaches applicable to habitat suitability modelling, change analysis, habitat classification, ecosystem service evaluation, biodiversity hotspots and other prioritisation processes, and population dynamics.
Theme 3: Using spatial analyses for conservation
Best practice examples of how spatial data are being used to underpin and evaluate conservation action, management, policy and strategy. This will include recommendations for new approaches, and discussion of associated issues (see diagram below).