Context and objectives
The preservation of biodiversity is an increasingly important topic in European policy. Natural areas are constantly undergoing changes, mostly driven by socio-economic changes, and many of these changes lead to a reduction of the biodiversity. The following main research questions will be dealt with in this project:
Expected scientific results
Eco-hydrology: Identifying, developing and mapping of proxy for wetness conditions for valley areas.
Flooding and vegetation management: Potential assessment of limnological water parameters using quantitative models to derive Chl a and b content, DOC and suspended matter in turbid and still waters.
Spectral scaling, spectral libraries and spectral unmixing: Integration of field spectral samples into an object-relational data base for the further use in continuous classification and abundance map generation.
Modelling and radiative transfer: Using leaf optical properties models linked with canopy models (e.g. PROSPECT, LEAFMOD and SAIL, GeoSAIL) to simulate the canopy HDRF.
Habitat and vegetation mapping (spatial uncertainties): Land use and land cover classification using combined continuous and discrete classification approaches in combination with the development of spatial metrics to describe patterns of landscapes and to quantify the ecological impact of spatio-temporal dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems.