This book, entitled “Multimedia Tools and Applications for Environmental & Biodiversity Informatics” focuses on the latest and most impactful advancements of multimedia data globally available for environmental and earth biodiversity. The data reflects the status, behavior, change as well as human interests and concerns which are increasingly crucial for understanding environmental issues and phenomena. This volume addresses the need for the development of advanced methods, techniques and tools for collecting, managing, analyzing, understanding and modeling environmental & biodiversity data, including the automated or collaborative species identification, the species distribution modeling and their environment, such as the air quality or the bio-acoustic monitoring. Researchers and practitioners in multimedia and environmental topics will find the chapters essential to their continued studies.
In the published results, you will find the famous confrontation between botanical experts and computers (chapter 7), but also an article of our PhD student Christophe Botella in chapter 9 (that was presented to you with this article), as well as the work of another PhD student, Jose Carranza-Rojas, whom we had hosted more than a year ago on the topic of the automated identification of herbarium boards (chapter 8).
It can never be repeated enough: it is thanks to you, citizen scientists, that we exist! And this book is no exception to the rule. Besides, the authors Alexis Joly, Stefanos Vrochidis, Kostas Karatzas, Ari Karppinen and Pierre Bonnet have a little message for you in the first lines of the book:
“The authors would like to dedicate this book to the citizen scientists all around the world who invest their time, capacity and knowledge to develop research projects with the scientific community. Several research results presented in this book could not have been reached without a large and massive investment of citizens: this is why the authors would like to thank, in the broad sense, the citizen scientist community.”