Author: Martin Wegmann

GEOSTAT summerschool 2016

The GEOSTAT summer school 2016 takes place in Spain from September 17th to 24th. From the announcement: The GEOSTAT 2016 Summer School for PhD students and R-sig-geo enthusiasts will be held this year at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain in the period 17-24 September (arrive Sunday to depart Sunday). The topics include: spatial and spatio-temporal data and analysis in R, spatial and spatio-temporal geostatistics, processing large rasters using the raster package, CartoDB and gvSIG software tutorials, visualization of spatial and spatio-temporal data in Google Earth. To register for this summer school please visit: Please note the...

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SDM summer school in Portugal

A summer school on Species Distribution Modeling (SDM) is offered in July by Araújo and others. From the webpage, it is the 3rd edition of the course “Species distributions models: concepts, methods, applications, and challenges”, which introduces the fundamental concepts underpinning ecological niche models (ENM), describing some of the most prominent methods currently in use, and discussing the strengths and limitations of these models for different applications. The course gives equal weight to theory and application. The students will have the opportunity to learn how to run ENM with the new SDM R platform (Naimi & Araújo 2016 Ecography)...

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US coastal Lidar data

This repository contains U.S. topographic data using a variety of Lidar sensors for a high diversity of applications across several years since 1996 – data can be viewed and downloaded from – moreover links for training opportunities are offered as well as example...

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species diversity monitoring with remote sensing

Duccio Rocchini and colleagues highlighted the potential and pitfalls of monitoring species diversity from satellite remote sensing. Assessing the level of diversity in plant communities from field-based data is difficult for a number of practical reasons: (1) establishing the number of sampling units to be investigated can be difficult; (2) the choice of sample design can impact on results; and (3) defining the population of concern can be challenging. Satellite remote sensing (SRS) is one of the most cost-effective approaches to identify biodiversity hotspots and predict changes in species composition. This is because, in contrast to field-based methods, it...

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article on the opportunities of remote sensing in animal movement

an interesting article published in Movement Ecology covers the opportunities for the application of advanced remotely-sensed data in ecological studies of terrestrial animal movement. Animal movement patterns in space and time are a central aspect of animal ecology. Remotely-sensed environmental indices can play a key role in understanding movement patterns by providing contiguous, relatively fine-scale data that link animal movements to their environment. Still, implementation of newly available remotely-sensed data is often delayed in studies of animal movement, calling for a better flow of information to researchers less familiar with remotely-sensed data applications. Here, we reviewed the application of...

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