Author: Martin Wegmann

new MSc: Sarah Malec

We welcome Sarah Sophia Malec as new MSc student. Her thesis in done in close collaboration with DLR-EOC (Dr. Derek Rogge & Dr. Uta Heiden) on “Assessment of Soil degradation in Costa Rica using reflectance hyperspectral and simulated EnMAP imagery”. Sarah will work with hyperspectral imagery from Costa Rica and use spatial statistical models to analyse soil degradation. Sarah is a Global Change Ecology student and trained extensively in remote sensing, GIS, spatial modelling in the context of ecology, global change and its political implications. The first supervisor is Martin Wegmann, the second on Thomas...

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PhD position on animal movement and remote sensing (application closed)

The Department of Remote Sensing at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, seeks to appoint a PhD student with strong interest or background knowledge of remote sensing, spatial modelling and biodiversity. The context for this position is the on going modification and variation of our environment and its impact on animal movement. We are seeking a person capable of developing spatially explicit models to predict the effects of environmental variation and urban growth on animal movement patterns in Central Europe. Significant data for calibration will be available. The successful candidate will conduct her/his PhD in the project “Opt4Environment” funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).   #### application closed #### You will analyse environmental variables based or related to latest animal tracking and remote sensing tech-nology (Sentinel, TerraSAR-X, Tandem-X, Movebank.org data) that allow a better understanding of the interac-tion of vegetated and urbanized areas to assess the effects of both on animal movement patterns at appropri-ate scales. This will be coupled with ecological knowledge on impacts of vegetation variation and urban areas. Recent and current environmental impacts on movement, and new understandings of environmental dynamics with respect to animals, will inform your models. Vegetation and urban mapping within Central Europe is currently available at different scales but is increasing quickly in spatial and temporal resolution owing to new remote-sensing techniques. As data accuracy improves we will...

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PostDoc position: land surface dynamics in the Mekong Basin

from January onwards we are looking at the DLR (German Aerospace Center, Munich, Germany) for a PostDoc for our large, cross-disciplinary project dealing with the large Mekong Basin in Southeast Asia. Focus will be the analyses of land surface dynamics in the trans-boundary Mekong Basin; an area 2.5 times the size of Germany, and covering all climate zones from high alpine to sub-tropical / tropical. Method-wise, time series analyses based on MODIS, Sentinel-3, Landsat, and Sentinel-1/2 will be undertaken. Several of our colleagues have worked in the region for the past 6-7 years, data and algorithms do partially exist, and a PhD student will also work with the post doctoral researcher. ### application closed ####   Skill set we are looking for: Remote Sensing background and finished PhD degree with a remote sensing focus Solid experience with time series processing, especially with MODIS or other daily sensors Good programming skills in at least one of the following languages: IDL, or Python, or R Experience with publication (in English) in SCI Journals or higher ranking conference papers Intercultural competence and willingness to travel to the Mekong region twice a year (about 2 weeks each) Team player English as a working language is okay, German language skills not mandatory but a slight advantage First experience with training (basics in GIS or remote sensing) not mandatory, but would be welcome   More...

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new article: Ten Ways Remote Sensing Can Contribute to Conservation

Based on a workshop we had last year in the US, organized by WCS, Robert Rose and funded by NASA we developed the most important ten ways remote sensing can contribute to conservation success. These approaches were developed out of 200+ submitted ideas and discussed by the workshop participants. The article gives a very good overview how remote sensing can help conservation. In an effort to increase conservation effectiveness through the use of Earth observation technologies, a group of remote sensing scientists affiliated with government and academic institutions and conservation organizations identified 10 questions in conservation for which the potential to be answered would be greatly increased by use of remotely sensed data and analyses of those data. Our goals were to increase conservation practitioners’ use of remote sensing to support their work, increase collaboration between the conservation science and remote sensing communities, identify and develop new and innovative uses of remote sensing for advancing conservation science, provide guidance to space agencies on how future satellite missions can support conservation science, and generate support from the public and private sector in the use of remote sensing data to address the 10 conservation questions. We identified a broad initial list of questions on the basis of an email chain-referral survey. We then used a workshop-based iterative and collaborative approach to whittle the list down to these final questions (which represent...

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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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