Selected Topics in Geography II
Vegetation biogeography: Theory and geospatial analysis
The module deepens student’s knowledge on selected environmental theories and approaches and their relevance for applied remote sensing.
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
the application deadline for our next term of the international M.Sc. program EAGLE “applied Earth Observation and Geoanalysis of the Living Environment” is approaching. Application for the upcoming winter term are accepted until May 15thread more
The course "from field work to spatial data" by Tobias Ullmann and Martin Wegmann is covering the whole range of field campaign planning and especially training all necessary methods such as GPS handling, coordinate systems, setting waypoints or finding locations. In...read more
Jakob Schwalb-Willmann just started his M.Sc. thesis titled "A deep learning movement prediction model using environmental data to identify movement anomalies". He will combine animal movement and remote sensing data in order to develop a generic, data-driven DL-based...read more
Today our EAGLE students applied data munging, pipes, plotting and statistics using colour distribution of sweets. They specifically used the dplyr, ggplot, kableExtra and others to compute derivatives, rearrange the data, plot it and run statistics on colour...read more
Last week Steven Hill and Thorsten Dahms gave a course that introduced EAGLE students to Python-based spatial data analysis. The advantages and challenges of different python libraries, data sets and methods were covered in hands-on exercises and also discussed...read more
The Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest together form the largest contiguous forest area in central Europe, which is of an extraordinary importance for the protection and maintenance of biological diversity. Since 1970, a large area of the forest is protected as a...read more
In the past few weeks various block courses by colleagues from DLR have taken place. Divers topics how remote sensing can be used, which methods have to be applied and how to put it into practice were covered by our colleagues Hannes Taubenböck, Martin Bachmann and...read more
Hannes Taubenböck from DLR discussed with our EAGLE students the application of remote sensing applications within urban research.read more