Institute of Geography and Geoecology (IFGG)

Vegetation Science

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How does vegetation react to environmental change? To understand this, we use ecological field methods, remote sensing and numerical modeling. Besides basic research we develop methods that are applied in land use management or nature conservation.

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Lapalala Elephant Landscape Experiment Lapalala Wilderness
Lapalala Elephant Landscape Experiment

A long-term landscape ecological experiment and monitoring programme to determine the impact of elephants on a savanna ecosystem.

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SPAM project – The Sani Pass Alien plants Monitoring Project
Sani Pass Alien plants Monitoring Project

A long-term project studying spatio-temporal population dynamics of exotic plant species in the Drakensberg, South Africa.

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ErWiN
ErWiN

Das Projekt ErWiN zielt auf ein verbessertes Verständnis von Waldbranddynamiken in Zentraleuropa und untersucht die Effizienz von Präventationsmaßnahmen mit Laserscanning und Waldbrandmodellen.

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Waitutu
Tracing the impact of soil fertility

Mapping the impacts of soil fertility gradients and long-term soil development on natural forests and shrublands via the relationship between soil resources and plant traits.

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Earthshape
Earthshape

Understanding temporal and spatial effects of vegetation and other biotic processes on sediment dynamics in the three EarthShape focus catchments in Chile.

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Medicinal plants in Samburu
Medicinal plants in Samburu

Medicinal plants play an important role in areas where access to medical supplies is limited. This project studies the environmental conditions and distribution of such plants in Samburu, Kenya.

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UAV4Sat
UAVforSAT

The project aims at an operationalisation of vegetation mapping by reference data collection via UAV and cloud-based analysis of earth observation data

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INSANE
INSANE

In collaboration with Slovenian colleagues, the INSANE project aims to improve the link between scientific development of remote sensing techniques and applied forest management.

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SYSSIFOSS
SYSSIFOSS

In SYSSIFOSS we seek to improve remote sensing based forest inventory approaches by coupling forest growth simulators with tree models obtained from airborne laserscanning.

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FORZA
FORZA

In the FORZA networking project, methods of dendrochronology are combined with satellite image time series in order to understand forest damage processes and vegetation dynamics of the Zagros forests in Iran.

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Vegapp
Vegapp

Vegapp is an Android app for vegetation relevés, which is being developed in the working group. It is available for free in the Playstore. PI: Sebastian Schmidtlein

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