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Remote sensing - Biodiversity

Our research in biodiversity is focused on Swedish agricultural landscapes. Among other we study semi-natural grassland ecosystems - important reservoirs of biodiversity in intensively managed landscapes.

Flowers in meadow.

Impact of agricultural intensity on biodiversity

In collaboration with ecologists at the biology department, we study the impact of agricultural intensity on biodiversity of birds, butterflies, and other organisms in agricultural regions of Skåne and at the Island of Öland. We investigate productivity, phenology, structure, and spectral variability of the grasslands and surrounding landscapes using airborne hyperspectral data and high-resolution satellite imagery, Sentinel-2 and MODIS data.

Consequences from increasing agricultural land-use on the surrounding landscapes

By using satellite images we can study crop phenology and productivity and how they link to biodiversity indicators; insect pollinators and insect-pollinated vascular plants. This data can be used to understand the negative consequences from increasing agricultural land-use on the surrounding landscapes. An effective conservation strategy is maintaining highly biodiverse pastures in landscapes otherwise dominated by intensive agriculture.

Our research on complex local and landscape relationships of agricultural intensity and grassland biodiversity aid in suggestions of best management practices allowing an optimal balance between them.


Contact persons:
Anna Terskaia: anna [dot] terskaia [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se
Lars Eklundh: lars [dot] eklundh [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se
Lanhui Wang: lanhui [dot] wang [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se
José Beltrán: lose [dot] beltran [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se