Our EAGLE MSc. student Jakob Schwalb-Willmann just published a neat animal movement and remote sensing animation package called “moveVis“. It allows to animate movement tracks with corresponding or static remote sensing environmental data. Jakob is currently working to implement some more functionality. These will allow more customization and also some more information retrieval of resource… Read More


Our new publication “Open-access and open-source for remote sensing training in ecology” lead by Duccio Rocchini is now online covering the potential of open-access and open-source within training Earth Observation applications in other disciplines such as ecology. It is related to the special issue on remote sensing training for ecology and conservation published earlier this… Read More


Susanne Karg started her M.Sc. thesis on „Burn scar detection using polarimetric ALOS-2 time-series data“ in cooperation with DLR-DFD (Günter Strunz, Sandra Martinis). The aim of this thesis is to develop a change-detection approach using polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) data and, if suitable data is available, interferometric SAR (InSAR) data to detect fire scars. Within this… Read More


Henrike Schulte to Bühne handed in her M.Sc. thesis “Quantifying land cover change using remote sensing data in a transboundary protected area” supervised by Nathalie Pettorelli (ZSL) and me. From the abstract: Biodiversity is declining at unprecedented rates as a result of global environmental change, threatening ecosystem stability and resilience, on which human well-being ultimately… Read More


The EAGLE MSc. application deadline for the upcoming winter term is approaching. Apply within the next 7 days: http://eagle-science.org/apply – all details about needed documents are listed on this page. Learn within EAGLE how to apply remote sensing for a variety of environmental applications, explore new methods and collaborate with other disciplines. Also read the… Read More


Our new publication about the drivers of Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) abundance and distribution has been published in Biodiversity and Conservation. The influence of habitat- and governance-related drivers on elephant abundance across the 13 Asian elephant range countries has been analysed. Competing statistical models by integrating a binary index of elephant abundance (IEA) derived from… Read More


Following the purchase and operaration of our two low-budget UAVs suring 2016 and 2017, a best practice tutorial of how to use the devices was written by Marius Röder, Steven Hill and Hooman Latifi, and it is now available in two English and German versions. This tutorial assumes no prior knowledge of the reader on… Read More


The special issue on remote sensing training for ecology and conservation is finally out. From the RSEC blog post: Over recent decades remote sensing (RS) has made valuable contributions to ecology and conservation. However, despite its clear value, the potential of RS has not yet been fully realized, and training in the tools and applications… Read More


First field work of the year and testing the applicability of our UAV and D-GPS in the Steigerwald at the research station of the University Wuerzburg in Fabrik Schleichach. The research station is part of Prof. Jörg Müllers research department, his staff helped us with the field work and Dr. Simon Thorn, the deputy of… Read More


The M.Sc. thesis “Can animal movement and remote sensing data help to improve conservation efforts?” by Matthias Biber M.Sc. student within the Global Change Ecology program handed in his thesis. He explored the potential of remote sensing data to explain animal movement patterns and if these linkages can help to improve conservation efforts. He used… Read More