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Remote sensing and landscape ecology

remote sensing
Loss of biodiversity is largely driven by increased landscape simplification and increased land-use intensity in production landscapes. Although both drivers of biodiversity loss are conceptually well-known, there is a general lack of tools to describe land-use intensity at spatial scales relevant to determinants of biodiversity, in particular regarding mobile organisms utilising multiple habitats across landscapes.

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Possibilities to develop indicators of land-use intensity on relevant spatial scales have constantly improved in terms of grain accuracy, exemplified by the recently launched Sentinel-2 satellites for high-resolution temporal remote sensing. While these methods now have the potential to revolutionise research in landscape ecology, there is potential to stimulate the use of remote sensing methods by increasing communication between researchers in landscape ecology and remote sensing. At the same time, there are high expectations that remote sensing will revolutionise environmental monitoring including following the state of ecosystem integrity and mapping ecosystem services.

The goal with this BECC symposium is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue by inviting international experts in the fields of remote sensing and landscape ecology, as well as stakeholders involved in national and international environmental monitoring to discuss integration of remote sensing into landscape ecology, environmental monitoring and land-use planning. Output: Based on presentations and group discussions, the goal is to synthesise outstanding research questions relating to the ecology and diversity of mobile organisms in transformed landscape, and how to develop ecologically relevant measures of land-use intensity in agriculture and forestry using satellite remote sensing.



11.00-12.00 Registration

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.05 Welcome (Johan Ekroos)

13.05-13.30 Remote sensing and ecological processes governing diversity of mobile organisms (Virginia Garcia, INES, and 
                                                                                                                                                           Maj Rundlöf, Biol.)

13.30-13.45 Remote sensing for estimating ecosystem productivity (Lars Eklundh)

13.45-14.15 Mapping and understanding the multidimensional nature of land-use intensity (Tobias Kümmerle)

14.15-14.30 Understanding bird population changes in time and space: the need for good climate and land use data
(Åke Lindström)

14.30-15.00 Coffee

15.00-15.30 Integrating remote sensing and landscape ecology (Nathalie Pettorelli)

15.30-16.15 Discussion

16.15-17.15 Group discussions

17.15-17.45 Group discussion summary

18.30- Dinner


8.30-8.40 Summary day 1

8.40-9.10 Monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem health by traits, remote sensing and data science approaches
                                                                                                                                                                     (Angela Lausch)

9.10-9.40 Monitoring biodiversity with remote sensing (Pedro Leitão)

9.40-10.10 Predicting levels of biodiversity and ecosystem services: two examples from farmland and forest landscapes
                                                                                                                                                                            (Rémi Duflot)

10.10-10.40 Coffee

10.40-11.10 Using the Landsat image archive for reconstructing habitat dynamics (Julian Oeser)

11.10-11.30 Effects of increasing agricultural land-use intensity on biodiversity (Hakim Abdi & Johan Ekroos)

11.30-11.45 Managing trade-offs in agricultural-forest mosaic landscapes (Yann Clough, CEC)

11.45-12.00 Discussion

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.15 Summary and introduction for group discussions

13.15-14.15 Group discussions

14.15-14.30 Group discussion summary

14.30-15.00 Final discussion: the way ahead

15.00 – Coffee and farewell


Organizers: Johan Ekroos, Lars Eklundh, Hakim Abdi and Niklas Boke-Olén

5 March 2019 12:00 to 6 March 2019 15:00
Kerstins rum, AF-borgen, Lund
johan.ekroos [at]

About the event

5 March 2019 12:00 to 6 March 2019 15:00
Kerstins rum, AF-borgen, Lund
johan.ekroos [at]