Author: Martin Wegmann

PhD position: Climatic impacts on phenology of grassland and crops – APPLICATION CLOSED

The MICMoR Research School on Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions is an interdisciplinary and international graduate program providing high quality training for doctoral students in the field of climate change research. Its research focus is to understand climate change processes in mountain regions through research at the interfaces of the atmosphere, biosphere, pedo- and hydrosphere. MICMoR is funded by the Helmholtz Association and hosted by KIT’s Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. MICMoR Partners are the Universities of Munich (LMU and TUM), Augsburg, Bayreuth and Würzburg, as well as the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen and the Helmholtz Center Munich. MICMoR Research School invites applications for 3 Full Fellowships for Doctoral Students from highly motivated and enthusiastic students with a keen interest in interdisciplinary MICMoR-related research and with an excellent degree (Master or Diploma) in a climate change discipline, such as physics, meteorology, geography, biology, environmental sciences or related areas. Successful candidates are expected to work on one of the 3 following doctoral projects, with the supervisors listed, and affiliated to KIT/IMK-IFU, the University of Würzburg or TUM Munich: Analysis of meso- and microscale hydrometeorological fluxes in TERENO preAlpine using WRF-LES (Harald Kunstmann, KIT/IMK-IFU & University of Augsburg, Climatic impacts on phenology of grassland and crops along a transect through altitudinal zones using remote sensing (Christopher Conrad,...

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BSc Sophia Wisboeck using LiDAR and fCover to explain home range sizes

Sophia Wisboeck handed in her BSc thesis “Explaining variation in home range size of red deer (cervus elaphus) in the Bavarian Forest National Park using LiDAR derived metrics on forest structure and fractional cover”. Her analysis of fractional cover and Lidar to explain home range sizes of red deer was very interesting and she gained valuable insights. Please read her abstract if you are interested: Effective conservation strategies and management are crucial to protect animals in their natural environment and provide them with the space and resources they need. However, further ecological research on animal behavior and habitat use is indispensable to provide a profound basis for such management decisions. One important issue hereof is understanding species’ spatial behavior, especially the use of home ranges which are defined by „that area traversed by the individual in its normal activities of food gathering, mating, and caring for young“ (Burt 1943). In general, home range selection can be summarized as trade-off between food availability and shelter. However, for ungulate species, home ranges are often found to vary substantially in size. The objective of this thesis is to analyze home range data of red deer (cervus elaphus) in the Bavarian Forest National Park and find possible explanations for their variation in size. Home ranges of five red deer individuals have been detected using GPS collars and serve as basis for the analysis....

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Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists – book submitted

We finally submitted our book “Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists” to the publisher. It took longer than anticipated and we learned a lot. Looking forward to the printed version.   More details how to order and the expected publishing date can be found at we will post news and updates about the book and its content at...

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new publication: Risk profiling of schistosomiasis using remote sensing: approaches, challenges and outlook

The review article lead by Yvonne Walz is published online first.  Schistosomiasis is a water-based disease that affects an estimated 250 million people, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. The transmission of schistosomiasis is spatially and temporally restricted to freshwater bodies that contain schistosome cercariae released from specific snails that act as intermediate hosts. Our objective was to assess the contribution of remote sensing applications and to identify remaining challenges in its optimal application for schistosomiasis risk profiling in order to support public health authorities to better target control interventions. We reviewed the literature (i) to deepen our understanding of the...

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new publication: The Role of Vegetation in Mitigating Urban Land Surface Temperatures

The publication by our former MSc student Sadroddin Alavipanah has been published. The article “The Role of Vegetation in Mitigating Urban Land Surface Temperatures: A Case Study of Munich, Germany during the Warm Season” is the result of his MSc thesis within the Global Change Ecology study program. abstract: The Urban Heat Island (UHI) is the phenomenon of altered increased temperatures in urban areas compared to their rural surroundings. UHIs grow and intensify under extreme hot periods, such as during heat waves, which can affect human health and also increase the demand for energy for cooling. This study applies remote sensing and land use/land cover (LULC) data to assess the cooling effect of varying urban vegetation cover, especially during extreme warm periods, in the city of Munich, Germany. To compute the relationship between Land Surface Temperature (LST) and Land Use Land Cover (LULC), MODIS eight-day interval LST data for the months of June, July and August from 2002 to 2012 and the Corine Land Cover (CLC) database were used. Due to similarities in the behavior of surface temperature of different CLCs, some classes were reclassified and combined to form two major, rather simplified, homogenized classes: one of built-up area and one of urban vegetation. The homogenized map was merged with the MODIS eight-day interval LST data to compute the relationship between them. The results revealed that (i) the cooling effect...

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