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Remotely Sensed High-Resolution Global Cloud Dynamics for Predicting Ecosystem and Biodiversity Distributions

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS Biology, March 2016
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118 tweeters
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Title
Remotely Sensed High-Resolution Global Cloud Dynamics for Predicting Ecosystem and Biodiversity Distributions
Published in
PLoS Biology, March 2016
DOI 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002415
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Authors

Adam M. Wilson, Walter Jetz, Wilson, Adam M, Jetz, Walter

Abstract

Cloud cover can influence numerous important ecological processes, including reproduction, growth, survival, and behavior, yet our assessment of its importance at the appropriate spatial scales has remained remarkably limited. If captured over a large extent yet at sufficiently fine spatial grain, cloud cover dynamics may provide key information for delineating a variety of habitat types and predicting species distributions. Here, we develop new near-global, fine-grain (≈1 km) monthly cloud frequencies from 15 y of twice-daily Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite images that expose spatiotemporal cloud cover dynamics of previously undocumented global complexity. We demonstrate that cloud cover varies strongly in its geographic heterogeneity and that the direct, observation-based nature of cloud-derived metrics can improve predictions of habitats, ecosystem, and species distributions with reduced spatial autocorrelation compared to commonly used interpolated climate data. These findings support the fundamental role of remote sensing as an effective lens through which to understand and globally monitor the fine-grain spatial variability of key biodiversity and ecosystem properties.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 3%
Spain 2 1%
France 2 1%
Brazil 2 1%
Colombia 2 1%
India 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Other 3 2%
Unknown 119 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 40 29%
Student > Ph. D. Student 33 24%
Student > Master 17 12%
Student > Bachelor 16 12%
Other 10 7%
Other 22 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 59 43%
Environmental Science 50 36%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 18 13%
Computer Science 3 2%
Engineering 3 2%
Other 5 4%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 360. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 February 2017.
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