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Vegetationsgeographie Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schmidtlein   


  • Project aim

The project is exploring biodiversity, thereby offering remote sensing based monitoring services for observing and managing the state of NATURA 2000 sites and other precious habitats to reduce the loss of biodiversity. Methods combining earth observation (EO) data and in-situ data are defined and implemented with the aim to support public authorities in implementing policies and measures. Pilot applications in a range of study areas all over Europe will demonstrate the value and importance of monitoring for the conservation of biodiversity. The project will support the GEO (Group on Earth Observations) societal benefit area of biodiversity and demonstrate the power of EO-based methods for monitoring sensitive ecological sites in general.


  • Run time

 12/2010 - 11/2013


  • Study area

As the project focuses on NATURA 2000 sites, the pilot sites are spread all over Europe, covering a wide variety of biogeographical zones and habitat types.


  • Staff

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schmidtlein (PI)

Markus Reinhold (Junior Researcher)


  • Cooperation partners

Paris-Lodron-Universität, Salzburg (Austria)

Universitat de Malaga, Malaga (Spain)

Centre National du Machinisme Agricole, du Genie Rrural, des Eaux et des Forets, Montpellier (France)

INBO, Brüssel (Belgium)

EFTAS GmbH, Münster (Germany)

Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V., (Belgium)

National Observatory of Athens, Athen (Greece)

EURAC, Bolzano (Italy)

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn (Germany)

Instytut Geodezij i Kartografii (Poland)

Technische Universität Berlin, (Germany)

Eovision GmbH, Salzburg (Austria)

Specto Natura Limited (UK)

Mouseio Goulandri Fysikis Istorias, Thessaloniki (Greece)

Luftbild Umwelt Planung GmbH, Potsdam (Germany)

Landesamt für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Ländliche Räume des Landes Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (Germany)

Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels du Languedoc Roussillon Association, Montpellier (France)


  • Funding agency

The research has received funding from the European Community‘s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement No. 263479.



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