TRACE project: Trajectories, causes and consequences of land cover and land use changes in Central Europe

Main aims of this project are: (1) to apply for recent advances in remote sensing for wall-to-wall mapping of land cover and land use change trajectories using optical and radar imagery and advantage of data-dense time series across Central Europe (Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) over last fifty years; (2) to better understand the causes of land cover and land use change across Central Europe; and finally (3) to assess the effects of land cover and land use change on biodiversity and carbon pools and fluxes across Central Europe.

National Science Centre, Poland, project no. 2018/29/B/ST10/02979

Project members
Katarzyna Ostapowicz (PI)
The call for postdoctoral and doctoral researchers positions will be opened soon.


Project: The possible directions of future changes in post-agricultural mountainous forest tree-stands: the case study from the northern Carpathians

The aim of the study is the development of a model for forecasting the directions and rate of changes in secondary forests of different origin, which overgrow the abandoned post-agricultural lands in the Carpathians. The research will be conducted with the use of the LANDIS II software and in collaboration with North Carolina State University (US).

National Science Centre, Poland, project no. 2018/02/X/NZ9/02307

Project members:
Katarzyna Staszyńska

Robert M. Scheller, North Carolina State University

Project: Use of UAV data for agriculture land abandonment and forest secondary succession mapping

The main aim of this project is to prepare the workflow which allows for automatic detection of agricultural land abandonment and secondary forest succession with use of UAV data.

Faculty of Geography and Geology funds for linking science with practice

Project members:
Katarzyna Ostapowicz
Katarzyna Staszyńska

Project: Use of BigData tools & technology in remote sensing: dense series of multispectral imagery in assessment of LC/LU changes in Polish cities

The aim of the study is to use dense Sentinel-2 imagery series to assess the changes in land cover/land use in the biggest polish cities for the years: 2015-2018.

DSC – funds for young researcher (postdocs and doctoral students) from the Faculty of Geography and Geology at the Jagiellonian University

Project member
Ewa Grabska

RS4FOR project: Forest change detection and monitoring using passive and active remote sensing data

The main goal of the RS4FOR project is to develop and test approaches which allow to improve forest cover change detection and monitoring using different types of remote sensing data (optical data: Landsat 4, 5, 7, 8 (data time series from 1985 to 2017) and Sentinel 2 (data time series from 2015-17), radar data: Sentinel 1 (data time series from 2014-17), and data from airborne laser scanning (ALS) (2013, project ISOK). We will focus on both forest cover conversion and modification, and on three different aspects of forest monitoring: (1) forest cover and its change (2) prediction models of forest structure and its change and finally (3) forest health. Our approaches will be developed for temperate forest; mountainous areas.

Test area is located in the Polish Carpathians. The outcome from this project will be a set of algorithms, products and metrics for the combine use of optical, radar and lidar data in accurate spatial and temporal forest cover change detection and monitoring at landscape level.

National Science Centre, Poland, project no. 2015/19/B/ST10/02127

Project members
• Ewa Grabska
• Katarzyna Ostapowicz
• Katarzyna Staszyńska
• Anna Zielonka

Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Geography Department, Geomatics Lab., Germany
• Patrick Hostert
• Dirk Pflugmacher
• David Frantz

Jagiellonian University, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Department of Pedology and Soil Geography
• Marek Drewnik

Completed projects