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Airborne LIDAR for ecology (2018)

ECTS credits:

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course Phd
Time of year: 17-21 September 2018
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 49/75
Capacity limits: 20 participants

Objectives of the course:
The objective of the course is to teach the participants the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to use LIDAR to produce data relevant for ecological mapping and analysis. Topics covered will be:

  • The physical basis and functioning of LIDAR systems
  • The advantages and limitations of LIDAR for ecological applications
  • Terrain modelling and analysis with LIDAR for ecological studies
  • Visualization and interpretation of LIDAR datasets
  • Quantifying vegetation structure from point clouds
  • Using radiometric and waveform information for vegetation mapping
  • Biodiversity modelling from LIDAR data
  • Vegetation classification with LIDAR on raster and point cloud basis
  • Planning and execution of LIDAR campaigns for ecology (including airborne and UAV platforms)

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic principles of LIDAR and its applications in ecology
  2. Communicate with LIDAR remote sensing specialists
  3. Apply LIDAR analysis to their own study areas and questions

Compulsory programme:
Active participation including hands-on computer practicals and small single-student assignments/challenges

Basic GIS experience is a prerequisite and basic understanding of ecology is an advantage.

Name of lecturers:

  • András Zlinszky (AU)
  • Prof. Norbert Pfeifer (GEO TU Vienna)
  • Lukas Winiwarter (GEO TU Vienna)
  • Jesper Moeslund (AU)

Type of course/teaching methods:
Seminar talks and hands-on computer exercises

Will be distributed before and during the course

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
Active participation and evaluation of small assignment

Department of Bioscience, Section Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity

Course organizer: Signe Normand

Special comments on this course:

17-21 September 2018, 9:00-17:00 each day

Building 1540, room 326, Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 114, 8000 Aarhus C.

Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis and possible until 10 September but closes when places fill in. Register here: www.tilmeld.dk/AirborneLidar.

Participation is free for students at Danish universities and costs 2400 DKK for external students including lunch and coffee. Students at Danish universities should pay 500 DKK for lunch and coffee.

Deadline for registration is 10 September 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact András Zlinszky (azlinszky@bios.au.dk) or Signe Normand (signe.normand@bios.au.dk).

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