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Oliver Baines: Remote Sensing and Ecology: Empirical applications across scales and sensors

Seminar: Økinformatik og biodiversitet

21.11.2018 | Anne Kirstine Mehlsen

Dato tor 22 nov
Tid 11:15 12:00
Sted Institut for Bioscience, Ny Munkegade 114-116, bygning 1540-324

Foredragsholder: Oliver Baines, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK



The use of Remote Sensing (RS) is growing significantly within a number of fields including geology, agriculture, urban studies and ecology (among others). Information is available in a variety of forms including Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), optical and radar datasets, and from a variety of platforms including satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aeroplanes and even terrestrial scanners. Such datasets are becoming increasingly accessible and crucially, many are now free. In ecological terms this is particularly important given the often underfunded nature of conservation, where RS approaches can provide an alternative to laborious, time-consuming and often only locally accurate ground-based methodologies. During this talk I will present the results from my Master’s thesis, examining London’s Urban Forest using RS and machine learning, as well as present the planned direction of my PhD project, aiming to understand the role of geodiversity in mediating against climate change in the Arctic. These projects utilise sensors across a variety of scales from fine-scale geomorphological diversity to London-wide estimates of forest structure. The RS-based approaches in each case will be explained, the benefits examined, and ultimately the implications of findings from each project discussed.

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