Remote sensing and Earth observation
Earth observation data are used for mapping the spatial and temporal distribution of Earth surface objects and features and for estimating the distribution of properties such as land vegetation biomass and land or ocean surface temperature.
The Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science has been active in research and education in remote sensing since the early 1980’s. The emphasis is on environmental land applications of remote sensing, particularly related to land cover and vegetation. Among the first studies, research related to desertification was particularly important. The information received from earth satellites sometimes gave a different and more subtle understanding of the desertification processes than what was commonly accepted. In recent years, the department has done fundamental research in ecology by analyzing ecosystem processes, in order to increase the knowledge about how the systems operate and interact in the landscape.
We have focused on the extracting information from optical satellite data, which can be used for understanding ecosystem processes from a larger spatial and temporal perspective. Therefore it is important with knowledge of satellite technology and the information needs within different environmental application fields.
See Lund Earth Observation research group to read more about our research.