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Remote Sensing

Information Systems and Statistics

Remote Sensing

Remote sensing typically involves the analysis of habitat and land use data from radar images, aerial photographs and satellite images. The increasing quality of remote sensing data and developments in analytical techniques is opening more possibilities for this application in ecological research.

For large or inaccessible areas this offers the opportunity to efficiently assess the current situation or even changes. For example, with the help of satellite imagery, the distribution of certain vegetation types can be mapped and changes assessed.

A major advantage of remote sensing is that the technique is objective and repeatable, meaning that temporal changes can be clearly assessed.

In addition it is possible to carry out pre-processing, in which the satellite images are ortho-rectified (corrected for distortion) and geo-referenced. Analyses include the analysis of spectral differences between areas, the creation of Principal Component images or the images of vegetation density indicators such as a Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI).

Bureau Waardenburg has trialled the use a a drone for obtaining targeted aerial images. These images were classified using a semi-automated process and showed the amount of vegetation cover in various waterways.

Remote sensing data is used in vegetation mapping, habitat development, research into potential land uses, the analysis of historical land use and a number of other applications.

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