Drohne flight
© Jan Lehmann

Field campaign on bird sanctuary islands “Große Kirr” and “Barther Oie”

As part of a master thesis and a research project, Jan Lehmann [en] and the students Candy Fahrenholz and Henning Schneidereit [en] accomplished a field campaign in the national park “Western Pomerania Lagoon Area” from the 13th of June until the 17th of June. With special permits of the national park, which are needed because of strict flight and entry bans, and in close cooperation with the staff of the national park, the two bird sanctuary islands, including active breeding colonies, were mapped with the WingtraOne. A multispectral dataset with information of about 700 hectare was collected and the reaction of the birds towards the drone were observed. The campaign did work out exceedingly well and now we are looking forward to analyse the dataset in aspects of vegetation and structure as well as for the inventory of breeding birds.

More information about the project. [en]

© Hanna Meyer

New publication in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Can our machine learning models make reliable spatial predictions or are we predicting into unknown space? Find out in our recent publication on assessing the area of applicability of spatial prediction models that just got published Methods in Ecology and Evolution:

More information about the project Uebersat [en].

Virtual team meeting
© AG Fernerkundung

Our team is growing

Eva Bendix Nielsen is a PhD student at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and will be working with us for the next months as a visiting scientist in the project Antarctic Science Platform [en].
Marvin Ludwig [en] starts with us on 1 April as a research assistant in the project Uebersat [en], and will work on the development of methods for the transferability of AI models in remote sensing.

Welcome to the working group, we are looking forward to working with you!

Logo Remote Sensing and Spatial Modeling Forum
© AG Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing and Spatial Modeling Forum

The Remote Sensing and Spatial Modeling Forum brings the staff of the working group and advanced master students together. In a weekly meeting, topics from current and potential future research fields are discussed. We picture this gathering as a means for exchanging, deepening and broadening knowledge, perspectives and skills within our research group network.
Current scientific literature will be read and discussed and specific methodical approaches / skills of interest to the forum members can be shared in form of small workshops. At the beginning of the term, forum members will propose specific topics and commit to responsibility for a session. This includes either proposing literature for all members to be read before the meeting and preparing to guide the discussion or designing a workshop session. Thus, the forum program will be tailored to current research passions – possibly integrated in future terms by a common metatheme.
Participation is highly encouraged for master students with intentions of writing their thesis in our research group to facilitate the development of research questions that are both close to the current research in the working group and codeveloped by the students.

When and where: Each Monday 16:00 to 18:00, Heisenbergstr. 2 - GEO1 room 513 (or online)
More information is available in the course catalog [en].

Logo of the project Carbon-4D
© Hanna Meyer

Two new research projects

In the new year we are starting two new research projects:
In the BMWi-funded project “Uebersat” we will work together with the Institute for Geoinformatics and develop new methods to assess and increase the transferability of satellite-based AI-models. The DFG-funded project “Carbon-4D” will be conducted together with the soil ecology in Bayreuth. Aim of the project is the development of a 4D (space, time, depth) monitoring of mineralization of soil organic carbon (SOC) on the landscape scale. We hope that the data-driven approach will help us to gain new insights into patterns and controlling factors of this key component of the global carbon cycle.

You can find more information on the page of our projects [en].

Fire in Cerrado
© Joana Nogueira Brockmeyer

Advance announcement: Lecture by Joana N. Brockmeyer about fire diversity

Our post-doctoral fellow Joana Nogueira Brockmeyer will give a lecture on her current research work on 21.01.2021 with the title "Fire diversity in Brazil using satellite data and metrics of landscape ecology". For further information please see the program of the AG-Landschaftsökologie Colloquium [de].

Birthday cake with a candle
© Jan Lehmann

First anniversary of the working group

Our working group celebrates its first anniversary. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all students and colleagues for their great support. The concept for our teaching activities has been mostly completed and from the next semester on we will start with our new module in the master's programme. There will also be new courses in the Bachelor's course. Further information can be found in the amendment of the examination regulations and on our website.

Fire in Cerrado
© Jan Lehmann

Welcome Joana in our working group

We welcome Joana Nogueira Brockmeyer in our working group. Joana is supported by a scholarship within the framework of WiRe - Women in Research [en] of the WWU and works in her research on fires in the Cerrado ecosystem in Brazil. We are happy about the cooperation!

Invitation to the webinar
© Jan Lehmann

Webinar on drone use in Brazilian ecosystems

As part of the webinar series on "Usage of drones in Brazilian ecosystems", organized by the Brazilian environmental authority IBAMA, Jan Lehmann [en] gave a presentation on the scientific exchange between Brazil and Germany. The long-standing cooperation with the universities of Vicosa and Belo Horizonte was presented and the common experiences with drones were discussed.

The webinar is available in Portuguese on Youtube [pt].

Newpaper report about the Geo1Copter
© Jan Lehmann

Newspaper reports about Geo1Copter

The newspaper of the WWU reports in the current July issue about the research activities of the Geo1Copter project group. The focus is on the flights over the Ems floodplains to quantify the bare soil areas. The article can be downloaded here as PDF [en].

A rewetted cutover Bog near Vechta
© Maite Lezama Valdes

Excursion to rewetted cutover bog

In cooperation with the working groups Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry [en] and Biodiversity and Ecosystem [en] we have taken a closer look at the study sites in rewetted cutover bog near Vechta. The aim is to bundle the research expertise of the working groups in a jointly planned research proposal with the focus on monitoring of cutover bogs.

Jan Lehmann starting the Geo1Copter
© Jan Lehmann

WingtraOne over the Ems riparian

Within the scope of the exercise "Acquisition and analysis of drone based image data" and a bachelor thesis we have acquired a section of the renaturalized Ems floodplains with the WingtraOne drone. The data (RGB and multispectral) will be evaluated with regard to disturbances and structural mosaics caused by large herbivores. The acquisition is of interest because there is a correlation between exposed soil and the occurrence of soil-nesting insects.

Eva Filipczykova in the Andes
© Eva Filipczykova

Visiting scientist from Prag

Eva is a PhD student at Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic and a new intern at Institute of Landscape Ecology. Eva's PhD project focuses on studying scent marking of Andean bears and its implications for conservation of the species. The main goal of Eva's internship is to analyze and model habitat and terrain characteristics of Andean bear scent marking using the combination of statistical and spatial analysis.

Group picture of the workshop
© AG Fernerkundung

UAV-M² Workshop in Münster

From February 27th to 28th we organized a joint workshop on UAV based remote sensing, together with the University of Marburg. The 15 participants came from the research group of Environmental Informatics in Marburg [en], as well as IfGI's Spatio-Temporal Modelling Lab [en] and our working group for Remote Sensing and Spatial Modelling. During the two days we've had a lot of exchanges about application possibilities, sensors, software, different analysis methods including deep learning methods as well as teaching activities.

It was an inspiring exchange from which diverse ideas for follow-up activities emerged. Thanks to all participants and we are looking forward to the next joint event in summer!

Multispectral drone
© Jan Lehmann

New DJI P4 multispectral drone for teaching

We are happy about the latest workgroup member, a DJI P4 Multispectral drone with RTK unit. The new drone is to be used in our courses, so that the students can be trained on a highly modern and widespread system. We are looking forward to exciting days in the field and interesting data.

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Special Issue on Machine Learning Methods for Environmental Monitoring

As Guest Editor we publish a special edition in MDPI Remote Sensing on the topic "Machine Learning Methods for Environmental Monitoring".
More information is available at the  website of  the MDPI [en] and submissions are possible until 28 January 2021.

Mountain glacier
© Marwan Katurji

Downscaling of Land Surface Temperature - Talk in the AG LÖK Kolloquium

On January 23rd, Maite Lezama Valdes presented her PhD topic in the AG-LÖK colloquium. She wants to model the influence of climate change on the terrestrial ecology of the Antarctic Dry Valleys. At the time she's working on a downscaling algorithm for land surface temperature (LST): Using a machine learning model, a 30m resolution LST product can be calculated from 1000m resolution MODIS LST scenes. The model is based on data from two satellite sensors (Landsat 8 and MODIS), as well as terrain variables.

Group picture
© Jan Lehmann

Remote Sensing and Spatial Modelling at the ILÖK

Since October 2019 we are a new research group for remote sensing and spatial modelling at the Institute for Landscape Ecology. We are looking forward to many exiting projects in research and teaching.