Project coordinator dr Zbigniew Bochenek

Multi-scale Service for Monitoring NATURA 2000 Habitats of European Community Interest (2010 – 2013)

The aim of the project is to create multi-scale service for monitoring NATURA 2000 habitats using remote sensed data at three levels: European level, state level and local level.

17 units, representing research institutes/academia, small/medium enterprises (SME-s) and end-users are the participants of the Project. It has been organized in the form of 8 workpackages:

WP 1 – Project management

WP 2 – Emerging user/service provider’s networks and user validation


WP 4 – MS.MONINA State


WP 6 – Common toolbox and data access

WP 7 – Inteoperability and MS.MONINA Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)

WP 8 – Dissemination and exploitation of MS>MONINA products and services

Institute of Geodesy and Cartography has been involved in three workpackages (WP 2, WP 5 and WP 6).  In the course of the works database containing description of methods and tools used by particular consortium members for monitoring protected areas has been created (WP 6).  Information of needs and requirements of Polish end-users (Biebrza National Park in Poland) has been collected within workpackage 2. Research works were carried out within workpackage 5 in order to improve semi-automatic methods for classifying wetland areas and for detecting changes of natural environment. As a result of these works methods for classification of wetland vegetation have been created, using both high-resolution optical data and microwave images, as well as approach for monitoring changes in vegetation structure has been developed.


Fig. 1. Map of wetland habitats based on VHR optical data


Fig. 2. Map of wetland habitats based on radar satellite data