Monitoring of NATURA 2000 Areas (TU Berlin)
Sensing-based Mapping and Monitoring of NATURA 2000
Institute of Forestry|
Bavarian Forest Management Agency
Test of different methods and sensors for two NATURA 2000 areas -
2004 - 2005
Transfer of a reviewed method to larger and biogeographic areas -
2006 - 2008
Associate:||Dipl.-Geoök. Michael Förster
Lead:||Prof. Dr. Birgit Kleinschmit
NATURA 2000 sites cover approximately seven per
cent of the territory of Germany. The EU Habitats Directive (council
directive 92/43/ECC) requires a standardized monitoring of the habitat
types and a reporting every six years. For this reason, an
operational, economically priced and as far as possible automated
application is required. The rapidly developing remote-sensing sensor
technique and also new image-processing methods offer new
possibilities to apply remote-sensing data for NATURA 2000
The presented research study aims at evaluating the use of earth-observation data of different geometric resolution (ASTER, SPOT5, Quickbird) in order to determine forest habitat types at two test sites, situated in the pre-alpine area in Bavaria (southern Germany). Therefore three modelling approaches were tested for the purpose of detecting potential habitat types. The results were subsequently compared to the terrestrial mapped habitat areas of the NATURA 2000 management plans. In the second phase of the project, a mapping and monitoring technique is developed, which covers the biogeographic scale of NATURA 2000.
For the tests, semi-automatic as well as manual classification methods were used and (if necessary) combined. Stereo-analysis or pixel-based algorithms were applied. Additionally the use of ancillary geo data, such as a DEM, the forestry site maps and soil data can increase the classification performance.
Workshop in Freising at 19 July 2005.
Excursion in the Taubenberg-Area of the Association of Forest Site Ecology and Geobotany (AFSV)