The world's ecosystems are losing biodiversity fast. A satellite mission designed to track changes in plant functional diversity around the globe could deepen our understanding of the pace and consequences of this change, and how to manage it.

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  1. Yale University, 165 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06520, USA.

    • Walter Jetz
  2. Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, 1987 Upper Buford Circle, St Paul, Minnesota 55108, USA.

    • Jeannine Cavender-Bares
  3. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109, USA.

    • Ryan Pavlick
    •  & David Schimel
  4. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, 735 State Street, Suite 300, Santa Barbara, California 93101, USA.

    • Frank W. Davis
    •  & Mark P. Schildhauer
  5. Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 260 Panama Street, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

    • Gregory P. Asner
  6. Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA.

    • Robert Guralnick
  7. Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Hans-Knöll-Straße 10, 07745 Jena, Germany.

    • Jens Kattge
    •  & Ulrike Stahl
  8. Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, 139 Veihmeyer Hall, Davis, California 95616, USA.

    • Andrew M. Latimer
  9. Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, HMNH, Suite 43, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.

    • Paul Moorcroft
  10. University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland.

    • Michael E. Schaepman
    •  & Fabian D. Schneider
  11. School of Geography, University of Brighton, 9 Old Court Close, Brighton BN1 8HF, UK.

    • Franziska Schrodt
  12. Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing, University of California, Davis, 139 Veihmeyer Hall, Davis, California 95616, USA.

    • Susan L. Ustin

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W.J. and J.C.-B. contributed equally to this work.

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