Changehabitats 2 - Network for Habitat Monitoring by Airborne-supported Field work - An innovative and effective process in implementation of the Habitat Directive (Changehabitats 2)

2011-01-01 – 2014-12-31

The aim of CHANGEHABITATS 2 is the initiation of a long lasting intersectoral and international network in the field of environmental monitoring between industry and academia. Its aim is to develop operable, time and cost effective procedures, and (software) solutions for monitoring habitats using innovative airborne data acquisition techniques. Within the project two complementary data acquisition methods which are currently becoming established in the market will be concentrated on: airborne laser scanning and airborne hyperspectral imagery. These methods will be evaluated and their potential for manual and automatic derivation of habitat parameters ¿ an unsolved problem so far ¿ will be investigated for selected sites. Added value of the developed methods beyond habitat mapping will be explored, e.g. for river basin management.These aims will be achieved by tight integration of data producers, data processors and end users, building the network both from industry and academia. The project will support EUŽs NATURA2000 Directive, which prescribes repeated monitoring of over 50 million ha of habitat sites in Europe. The complexity and importance of habitat monitoring by airborne techniques will ensure close cooperation within the network beyond the project duration.

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Project members


  • Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Debreceni Egyetem
  • Susanne Rahner
  • Susanne Diemer
  • Atmoterm SA
  • Riegl Research Forschungsgesellschaft
  • Vituki Kornyezetvedelmi Es Vizgazdalkodasi Kutato Intezet Nonprofit Kozhasznu Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag