Spatial Nature Conservation Monitoring

Definition & Derivation of Scale Specific Biodiversity Indicators

Local research hypotheses and mapping

  1. Ecological restoration potentials: Assessment of undergrowth vegetation in forest areas.
  2. Phenological heterogeneity: Spatial mapping of fruit and flower proportions.
  3. Drought Impact: Spatial mapping and quantification of dead plant material.
  4. Calluna vulgaris plant structure: Quantification of life-cycles and growth status parameter.
  5. Impact of mowing: Mapping of potential regrowth capacity.

Regional habitat assessment and mapping

  1. Natura 2000 monitoring: Spectral conservation status assessment.
  2. Indicator species: Mapping the regional distribution of selected habitats.

Global, European & national Earth observation networks

  1. Defining Indicators: Application of policy goals and allocation of essential variables.
  2. Implementing workflows: Model transfer into software and web applications.
  3. Contributing knowledge: Communication and implementation at administrative levels.

images & text by Dr. Carsten Neumann

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