Human activities increasingly affect the terrestrial biosphere, leading land cover and land use changes. Loss or degradation of habitats of many species will ultimately impair ecosystem function and ecosystem services. Remote sensing can be used to detect the natural and human-induced land cover changes. In an integrative mode, advanced remote sensing methods together with novel modelling techniques can provide information about both historical and current habitat and land use factors affecting biodiversity patterns.

Multidisciplinary GIMMEC research community seeks for theoretical understanding and methodological advances in monitoring and modeling of environmental change and biodiversity using geoinformatics and remote sensing. Our key research topics are:

  1. Coupling of models and measurements of radiative transfer in vegetation with remote sensing data sets,
  2. Development of advanced optical remote sensing methods for monitoring land cover changes and habitat properties across different scales,
  3. Applying the results for modelling land cover and climate change interactions and the environmental consequences of land cover change to biodiversity, water resources andlivelihoods.

GIMMEC arranges seminars, coordinates doctoral training and facilitates sharing of information. GIMMEC has a mailing list. For more information, visit the GIMMEC blog. If you want to participate in GIMMEC activities, send us an e-mail!

In the international evaluation of research and doctoral training at the University of Helsinki carried out in 2011 – 2012, GIMMEC was acknowledged as the second-best research community in the “Close to cutting edge” category.

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