13. PO – KU Leuven (Belgium)

The research group Remote Sensing & Terrestrial Ecology is part of the division Forest, Nature & Landscape of the KU Leuven. The group aims at fostering the use/application of remote sensing technology in support of sustainable management of terrestrial ecosystems. More specifically the team wants to complement more conventional in situ observations with spatially explicit information acquired from sensors on board of airplanes and satellites, to as such increase our understanding of impact of disturbance processes (invasive species, eutrophication, climate change) on the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. Central in our approach is the concept of “nature-based solutions” which refers to the use of nature in tackling today’s environmental challenges such as climate change, environmental pollution, food security, water resources management and natural disaster risk management.