Our new publication “Open data 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 year and highlights the importance to embrace open-access and -source in remote sensing training.
read the full article here:
Duccio Rocchini, Vaclav Petras, Anna Petrasova, Ned Horning, Ludmila Furtkevicova, Markus Neteler, Benjamin Leutner, Martin Wegmann (2017) Open-access and open-source for remote sensing training in ecology, Ecological Informatics
We are very proud that some of our former M.Sc. students published a peer-reviewed article about the importance of remote sensing training approaches “More than counting pixels – perspectives on the importance of remote sensing training in ecology and conservation”.
From the abstract:
As remote sensing (RS) applications and resources continue to expand, their importance for ecology and conservation increases – and so does the need for effective and successful training of professionals working in those fields. Methodological and applied courses often form part of university curricula, but their practical and long-term benefits only become clear afterwards. Having recently received such training in an interdisciplinary master’s programme, we provide our perspectives on our shared education. Through an online survey we include experiences of students and professionals in different fields. Most participants perceive their RS education as useful for their career, but express a need for more training at university level. Hands-on projects are considered the most effective learning method. Besides methodological knowledge, soft skills are clear gains, including problem solving, self-learning and finding individual solutions, and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. The largest identified gaps in current RS training concern the application regarding policy making, methodology and conservation. To successfully prepare students for a career, study programmes need to provide RS courses based on state-of-the-art methods, including programming, and interdisciplinary projects linking research and practice supported by a sound technical background.
Bernd, A., Braun, D., Ortmann, A., Ulloa-Torrealba, Y. Z., Wohlfart, C., Bell, A. (2016), More than counting pixels – perspectives on the importance of remote sensing training in ecology and conservation. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. doi: 10.1002/rse2.27
Our successfully funded new project will start in August called EO-MOVE “multiscale and -sensor environmental analysis for the analysis of spatio-temporal movement patterns and their relevance for remote sensing“. This project is exploring the importance of active and passive Sentinel data for explaining goose movement patterns. Sentinel 1 and Sentinel 2 will be used to understand and explain the movement patterns and deduce habitat requirements of these animals. The approaches should of course be transferable to other species and various remote sensing specific sensitivity tests will be performed. Benjamin Leutner will work on this project in close collaboration with the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology in Möggingen (Wikelski, Kölzsch, Safi). More updates about the outcome of this project will be posted soon.
the ESA Living Planet Symposium list of talks and sessions is now online and can be accessed here.
We are happy to have talks by Ruben Remelgado on “remote sensing and animal movement” and Martin Wegmann on “remote sensing in ecology and conservation” accepted.
Some interesting sessions focusing explicitly on “Remote Sensing and Biodiversity” are:
but some other talks and sessions are also related to biodiversity and conservation topics. Please browse through the program.
The sessions have been organised and will be chaired by Marc Paganini, Andrew Skidmore, Nathalie Pettorelli and Martin Wegmann
Our book “Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists – Using Open Source software” is now available. First editor copies arrived already and it looks pretty good. Great to have finally a copy on our desks after all the writing, testing and editing! We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do and that it helps you working with remote sensing and GIS in your research topics.
You can order it here.
All practical examples in this book rely on OpenSource software and freely available data sets. Quantum GIS (QGIS) is introduced for basic GIS data handling, and in-depth spatial analytics and statistics are conducted with the software package R.
Readers will learn how to apply remote sensing within ecological research projects, how to approach spatial data sampling and how to interpret remote sensing derived products. We discuss a wide range of statistical analyses with regard to satellite data as well as specialised topics such as time-series analysis. Extended scripts on how to create professional looking maps and graphics are also provided.
This book is a valuable resource for students and scientists in the fields of conservation and ecology interested in learning how to get started in applying remote sensing in ecological research and conservation planning.
check the table of content here: http://book.ecosens.org/content/