ESR PROJECTS

INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

RP2


OBJECTIVE

Investigation of the topographic control on essential biodiversity variables, plant traits and ecosystem functional properties using multiple remote sensing sensors and platforms.

Host Institute
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca
Host Country
Italy


EXPECTED OUTPUTS

Identification of the topographic and micro-topographic factors controlling essential biodiversity variables, plant traits, ecosystem functional properties from landscape to global scale.
Methodology for the extraction of topographic factors from remote sensing.
Evaluation of the effects of topographic, micro-topographic factors and access to water at landscape level on different ecosystems: dehesa, mountain grassland, agricultural farms and wetland.
Development of a semi-automatic processing chain for new satellite missions (ESA – Sentinel 2, ESA – Sentinel 3, NASA-Landsat 8)
Upscale the link between topographic factors and essential biodiversity variables, plant traits and ecosystem functional properties at global scale.


SECONDMENTS

There are two planned secondments for the ESR to participate in, specifically:

Month 6: with Dr. Anderson, at Univeristy of Exeter, Penryn.  Three months to understand SfM techniques, laser scanning data and LiDAR data for 3D reconstruction of landscape surfaces and vegetation.

Month 20: with Dr. Macheca at MPI, Jena.  Four months to collaborate and develop of a statistical method to upscale topographic effects on EBVs, PTs, EFPs.

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PEOPLE

The activity will be supervised by Dr. Micol Rossini and Dr. Miguel Mahecha.