Using Satellite Data to Support Fieldwork: Can Species Distributions Be Predicted?
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Although species extinction has become a global concern during the last decade, our knowledge of species distribution patterns remains limited. If we don't know where a species has existed historically, we cannot determine if its range is contracting or expanding. This can make it difficult to identify a species as endangered until it is close to extinction. One way to address this problem is to try to predict which species may be at risk based on their habitat distributions.
Diane M. Debinski. "Using Satellite Data to Support Fieldwork: Can Species Distributions Be Predicted?" Yellowstone Science (1996) p. 2 - 5