This is a webinar from the The IUCN CEM Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group monthly webinar series, “Ecosystem Restoration: Global Initiatives in Science and Practice”. This series provides a forum for IUCN and CEM members to learn about ecological restoration.


Indicators such as soil conditions, land use change, and vegetation health, used to plan and monitor restoration activities, are aided greatly by remote sensing data collected through various satellite and airborne platforms. Remote sensing datasets and tools, used in conjunction with in-situ measurements, can aid in the design and implementation of restoration projects by enabling the identification of degradation and shifts in vegetative cover across landscapes. This session will introduce participants to the fundamentals of remote sensing, including satellite orbits, types, resolutions, and sensors, and ways to access environmental monitoring and land management data and derived products. Land cover mapping, fire detection products, and vegetation indices will be covered along with demonstrations of common data visualization and download portals.


Brock Blevins, Training Coordinator, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI), NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET), and Co-Lead CEM Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group (ERTG)

Brock Blevins (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.) is a Training Coordinator with for the NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET), Co-Lead CEM Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group (ERTG) and has helped promote and produce online and in-person trainings since 2013. Brock has worked with IUCN since 2007, representing the Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) as Membership Coordinator for the North American and Caribbean Region, and most recently as a Co-lead for the CEM Thematic Group on Ecosystem Restoration


If you have yet to register for the series, you can Register Here

Details about the series

Webinars are held the 3rd Friday of each month from 12 to 1 pm Eastern EST (UTC-5) using the platform “Zoom”.

Previous session videos and presentations can be found on the Ecosystem Restoration: Global Initiatives in Science and Practice Webinar Series webpage. You can also find the complete Series YouTube Playlist.

We aim to grow participation each month and create a forum to learn and connect with restoration practitioners from around the globe.  We look forward to your participation.

Cara Nelson (ERTG Lead – (cara.nelson@mso.umt.edu) and

Brock Blevins (ERTG Co-Lead – bblevins37@gmail.com)


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