mapping and monitoring of natural resources - 10 ects
In a world with 7 billion people where economic growth is a premise and pressure on our environment has become a paramount point of global concern. The challenges are unprecedented; growing economies and increasing demand for resources go hand in hand with land degradation, hunger, and bio diversity loss.
To rise up to this challenge we need up-to-date worldwide, regional and local spatial and temporal data bases of current land-use, including nature conservation.
The course Mapping and Monitoring of our Environment will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on skills to map and monitor natural and cultural ecosystems using remote sensing and GIS, skills which have proven to be indispensable input for making plans and finding solutions for a sustainable future.
The content of the course is organized around three questions.
(i) What is found where and how much of it is there?
Here the focus lies on mapping the state of the environment. Two approaches, viz a qualitative landscape guided approach and a physical based quantitative approach, demonstrated. Various remote sensing and GIS techniques will be discussed. This encompasses aerial photography, satellite imagery, laser and radar remote sensing, as well as state of the art hyper spectral and hyper temporal remote sensing. You will get hands on practice through exercises and case-studies with a number of selected methods.
(ii) How do systems behave (change) over time?
Starting from an overview of the temporal characteristics of ecosystems and the potential role of remote sensing, special attention will be given to multi-temporal remote sensing, change detection and how to analyze, map and interpret hyper temporal data.
(iii) How can we use measured changes as ‘indicators’ of to monitor if an intervention was a success or a failure?
Successful execution of a monitoring program depends on the analysis of the objectives, criteria and monitoring indicators, time span and frequency and subsequent selection of appropriate remote sensing and or GIS techniques.
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