Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Modeling

Lecturer

Anna Cord

ECTS

5 ECTS

 

Aim

Anthropogenic pressure on the environment leads to a significant loss of biodiversity and impacts the capacity of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services – the benefits people obtain from nature.
This module addresses how Earth observation data and geoinformation can be used for mapping and modeling biodiversity and ecosystem services with the aim to support better informed management decisions.

 

Content

An introduction to the theoretical background of biodiversity and ecosystem service modeling as well as an overview of the current state-of-the-art will be given, complemented by brief presentations of the participants on selected topics. Focusing on practical examples (ranging from species distribution modeling to provisioning, regulating and cultural ecosystem services), the participants will learn how to analyze and integrate different Earth observation products in such models. All methods introduced and applied during the course will be based on the programming language R and other open source tools. This course is based on the skills obtained in the “Spatial Modeling and Prediction” course.

 

General Course News and Updates

MSc thesis defense by Patrick Sogno

MSc thesis defense by Patrick Sogno

On Monday, 25th of January at 10 a.m., Patrick Sogno will present his M.Sc. thesis "Earth Observation for Exposome Mapping – Proof of Concept and Case Study in Augsburg, Germany". from the abstract: "Non-communicable diseases – NCDs – (asthma, cancer, or diabetes, for...

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internship, inno lab and MSc idea

internship, inno lab and MSc idea

On Monday 21st of December at 10am we will have the following presentations:   Camilo (Internship)"Forest cover change between 2000 and 2020 in El Chaco ecoregion, Paraguay" at DLR Johannes Mast (Thesis Idea):"Measuring Urban Polycentricity using Remote Sensing"...

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MSc defense by Aiga Taghavi

MSc defense by Aiga Taghavi

Aida Taghavi will present her M.Sc. thesis "Potentials of Cosmic-Ray Neutron Probes for Assessing and Mapping SAR-based Soil Moisture in a Mediterranean agro-forestry ecosystem" on Dec. 15th at 1pm. From her abstract: "Accurate near-surface soil moisture (~ 5cm,...

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MSc defense by Pawel Kluter

MSc defense by Pawel Kluter

Pawel Kluter will present his M.Sc. thesis on Friday 30th of Oct. at 10 am with the title "Deep Learning Approach to Ship Detection and Classification Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Data". From his abstract: "With over 92,000 large commercial vessels at sea,...

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