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Remote sensing and Earth observation

Remote sensing is the technique of observing and analyzing objects from a distance without being in direct contact with them. When studying the Earth we often use the term Earth observation, which primarily means information collected from Earth observing satellites.

Earth observing satellites have generated data from the 1960’s and onwards. Today, hundreds of satellites generate data useful for monitoring the Earth. These data provide a powerful tool for monitoring land cover and vegetation changes, climatic variability and change, water resources, biogeochemical cycles, and human impact on these systems. 

Satelllite image of souhern Sweden.
Satelllite image of southern Sweden.

Understanding of ecosystem processes and landscape changes

At the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, we focus on the understanding of ecosystem processes and landscape changes in time. We combine data from satellite sensors with other data sources for studying vegetation, water and ecosystems to better understand both natural systems and human influence on them. 

We are active in arctic, sub-arctic, boreal, temperate and tropical ecosystems, and combine satellite sensor data analysis with carbon measurements (e.g. the ICOS network), data collected with UAVs, and ground validation data. Sources of ground validation data include a network of phenocams and data collected with the use of spectroradiometers.
Our main fields of research in Earth Observation are listed here (click to read more):

Contact information

Lars Eklundh
lars [dot] eklundh [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46462229655