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

MSc defense by Katrin Hasenbein

MSc defense by Katrin Hasenbein

Katrin Hasenbein will defend her M.Sc. thesis on Thursday 12am on "The potential to enhance land use mapping by leveraging processing methods of time series data". from the abstract: "With the launch of the twin satellites of Sentinel-2 time series data with a high...

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2020 applications

2020 applications

We received again a high number of very good applicants and are currently working through all application files. We will invite all eligible applicants in the next weeks for an interview. In total we received 137 eligible applications from the EU as well as North and...

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MSc idea presentation by Aida Taghavi

MSc idea presentation by Aida Taghavi

Aida will present on Friday, May 22nd at 2:30pm her MSc idea "Potentials of Cosmic-Ray Neutron Probes for Assessing and Mapping SAR-based Soil Moisture in a Mediterranean agro-forestry ecosystem by developing an integrated ground- and space-based Modelling Framework"....

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MSc defense by Sebastian Buchelt

MSc defense by Sebastian Buchelt

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MSc defense by Silvan Steiner

MSc defense by Silvan Steiner

On Thursday at 10am Silvan Steiner will present his M.Sc. thesis "Assessing the Potential of a Land Cover Dependent Snow Cover Detection Algorithm for the Global SnowPack". Due to the Covid19 situation his defense will be in a virtual course room. Everybody is invited...

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The Covid-19 situation is also challenging for the University as well as the EAGLE program. Even though we are all in the process to adapt to this new situation, the program itself is continuing as usual. All courses, exams, MSc thesis defense and so on will take...

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