Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Modeling
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.
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
One of our students, Pilar Endara, was interviewed by the news team of the University of Würzburg. She talked about her background, the reasons why she studied in Germany, her experiences and her plans for the future. Moreover her reasons why she studies EAGLE and her...read more
one of our field sites in the Steigerwald For several upcoming EAGLE courses we visited potential field sites and tested our equipment. During this first field work of the year our UAV and D-GPS data collection were tested in the Steigerwald at the research station of...read more
The M.Sc. thesis “Can animal movement and remote sensing data help to improve conservation efforts?” by Matthias Biber M.Sc. student within the Global Change Ecology program handed in his thesis. He explored the potential of remote sensing data to explain animal...read more
M.Sc thesis (+ a two-month internship): Agent-based modeling to understand Mediterranean wetland (former saltworks) dynamic based on multiple remote sensing data The Camargue’s former saltworks is a 6500-ha site located at the Mediterranean coast in southern France....read more
We are happy to receive the notification that the EAGLE training program is endorsed by the Copernicus Academy Network. This network aims to foster the use and benefits of Copernicus. The EAGLE program applied within the DLR and University Wuerzburg network to be part...read more
Henrike Schulte to Bühne started her M.Sc. „Quantifying landcover change using remote sensing data in a transboundary protected area“ in cooperation with the Zoological Society of London, Dr. Nathalie Pettorelli within the Global Change Ecology study program. Her...read more