Author: Martin Wegmann

MSc topics within Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology

are you interested in a MSc thesis within remote sensing for biodiversity, ecolory or conservation? We offer a variety of topics ranging from mapping ecological relevant land cover types, landscape fragmentation, spatial distribution modelling etc. The thesis will be most likely conducted in close cooperation with an NGO or a nationalpark management. Past MSc thesis were done in cooperation with Smithsonian, MPI, ZSL, WWF, etc.. We can highly recommend to consider a thesis in the Nationalpark Bavarian Forest where a huge variety of data is already present such as LIDAR or hyperspectral data or botanical and zoological in-situ data. Such a thesis will be conducted in close cooperation with he Bavarian Forest and DLR.   Based on past experiences no fixed topics are offered anymore but a joint development of a MSc topic. Please approach Martin Wegmann in case you are interested, topics will be developed jointly....

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BSc topics available for Biodiversity and Conservation

are you interested in a BSc thesis within remote sensing for biodiversity and conservation or more in general ‘ecology’? A variety of topics are possible such as species distribution modelling, deforestation, spatial prediction of environmental destruction or more technical topics such as the impact of the spatial or spectral resolution on species distribution models. Based on past experiences no fixed topics are offered anymore but a joint development of a BSc topic. We can highly recommend to consider a thesis in the Nationalpark Bavarian Forest where a huge variety of data is already present such as LIDAR or hyperspectral data or botanical and zoological in-situ data. Such a thesis will be conducted in close cooperation with he Bavarian Forest and DLR.   Please approach Martin Wegmann in case you are interested, topics will be developed jointly....

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BSc thesis “modeling species distribution in Kenya” finalised

Annika Rudolph a BSc student handed in her BSc thesis on species distribution modeling in Kenya using remote sensing data and the randomForest model. It is impressive what she achieved within 8 weeks without any prior R knowledge. All remote sensing data as well as statistical modeling were done in R, a lot of effort has also been put into the acquisition of relevant remote sensing imagery .   In the passed decades global environmental changes such as climate and land-use changes and anthropogenic pressure increased. As a result the world’s biological diversity faces exceptional threat with following increasing...

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Textbook on “Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists”

This is a book about how ecologists can integrate remote sensing and GIS in their daily work. It will allow ecologists to get started with the application of remote sensing and to understand its potential and limitations. Using practical examples, the book covers all necessary steps from planning field campaigns to deriving ecologically relevant information through remote sensing and modelling of species distributions. This books explains how to apply remote sensing and GIS to ecological research projects. It will provide practical examples cover each step, from planning through to remote sensing and modelling. Only OpenSource software will be used for the examples such as R, QGIS and GRASS. further information at...

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new article on African protected areas

Our new article about the “Role of African protected areas in maintaining connectivity for large mammals” has been published in a special issue on Remote Sensing in Biodiversity and Conservation. The African protected area (PA) network has the potential to act as a set of functionally interconnected patches that conserve meta-populations of mammal species, but individual PAs are vulnerable to habitat change which may disrupt connectivity and increase extinction risk. Individual PAs have different roles in maintaining connectivity, depending on their size and location. We measured their contribution to network connectivity (irreplaceability) for carnivores and ungulates and combined it...

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