International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security

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    GIS and Remote Sensing
    for Sustainable Assessment of Drylands

    One third of the continental Earth is covered by arid and semi-arid lands. They include the deserts and their semi-arid and sub-humid dry margins, and also the subtropical Mediterranean latitudes. These landscapes provide important land resources for adapted agricultural production and grazing systems. Therefore it is important to monitor the state of the environment in areas considered at risk. This is more and more important in the context of global climate change and worldwide desertification dynamics. These problems are summarized and have led to the ratification of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This convention emphasizes the need to assess land degradation and desertification processes. Remote sensing data can be used to measure bio-geochemical and bio-geophysical variables to detect land degradation processes in semi-arid geographical areas. Degradation often induces changes in surface properties as impacting the type, abundance and density of vegetation cover. Many of these changes are detectable by remote sensing through the derivation of land surface variables (e.g. LAI, PAR, fPAR, etc.). The quantitative surface parameters determined with the remotely sensed data can be incorporated into erosion and dryland degradation models (RS / GIS integration). The session gives an overview about remote sensing and GIS techniques for drylands assessment and should deal as a platform for new interdisciplinary projects.

    Topics of the session:

    • Hyperspectral and multispectral sensors for the analysis of dryland degradation
    • Land degradation indexes
    • GIS and desertification process models
    • Case studies
    • International research programs

    Please send your abstracts and questions to Prof. Dr. Martin Kappas
    or Prof. Dr. Michel Tchotsoua

    Download your PDF version of this session here
    Call for Abstracts   Download your PDF version of our “Call for Papers”

    Please note that the deadline for submitting your abstract is October 15 , 2006.






Prof. Dr. Martin Kappas
Head of the Cartography, GIS & Remote Sensing Department
University of Göttingen, Germany
Goldschmidtstrasse 5
D – 37077 Göttingen

Main work focus:

  • Digital analysis of aerial and satellite images
  • Method development esp. Remote Sensing / GIS Applications: Climatology, ecology and desertification research
  • Field and laboratory spectrometry (ASD FieldSpec)
  • Land cover / Land cover change in the Tropics and Sub-Tropics
  • Special research areas:
    West-Africa, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Caribbean Islands

Prof. Dr. Michel Tchotsoua
Vice-Dean of Research and Cooperation
Head of Department of Geography
University of Ngaoundere,
P.O. Box 553 Ngaoundere
phone: + 237 986 93 86
phone: + 237 557 53 87


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