Selected Topics in Geography II

Vegetation biogeography: Theory and geospatial analysis

Lecturer

Anna Cord
Markus Werner

ECTS

5 ECTS

 

Aim

The module deepens student’s knowledge on selected environmental theories and approaches and their relevance for applied remote sensing.

 

Content

The emphasis of this course is on linking classic biogeographical theory with current research outcomes. The aim is to learn what the  historical and ecological reasons are behind the geographical  distributions of living organisms and their communities, and the dynamic nature of these distributions. In this course we will answer the following questions: What are the patterns of plant distribution  and diversity? What mechanisms explain these patterns? What are the  theoretical and technical basic principles for the modelling of  species distributions? What is the aim of the study of species  distributions in the context of the ‘biodiversity crisis’ and a  dramatically changing environment? How can remote sensing techniques  be useful for this kind of studies? After completing the course, each  student should have: Gained or developed a familiarity and functional  understanding in each of the main themes outlined on the course  timetable and demonstrated competence in discussing and integrating  across these themes.

 

General Course News and Updates

M.Sc. thesis presentation by Karsten Wiertz

Karsten Wiertz will present his M.Sc. thesis on Wednesday 14th at 11am in room 0.004 KW 86 with the title "Development of a semi-automatic remote sensing approach for change- detection of forest structures in Bialowieza Forest." From the abstract: The diversity of...

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M.Sc. thesis defense by Sebastian Roersch

Sebastian Roersch will defend his thesis "Development of a semi-automated method to measure solar potential" next Wednesday (14th) at 10 am in 0.004 OKW 86. From his abstract: "In the second half of the 21st century, it will be decided how big the impact of climate...

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M.Sc. presentation by Marina Reiter

Marina Reiter will present her M.Sc. thesis "Comparing Urban Green Spaces in German Cities Using Remote Sensing Data" on Thursday 8th of August at 11am in OKW 86, 0.004. Looking forward to a great presentation and lively discussion afterwards. From her abstract: "The...

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EAGLE Summer Dialogue 2019

Our 2019 EAGLE Summer Dialogue was a great success again and thanks a lot to all our EAGLE students who organised it. More than 100 participants enjoyed talks by Sandra Lohberger (RSS GmbH) and Alfred Schumm (WWF) who covered beside the technical aspects of their work...

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Field Work Course 2019

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textbooks on remote sensing

Our already published textbook on "Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists - using Open Source software" was very well perceived and we got very positive feedback. However, either an introduction or more advanced methods and data was asked for as well. Hence, we decided...

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