Wetlands and grasslands

Soil moisture, grasslands productivity and crops - ALOS-2 PALSAR-2

Grasslands in Biebrza National Park. Credits: Shutterstock
The objective of the proposal is development of methods for the assessment of soil moisture and productivity distribution in the area of grasslands and croplands using multi-polarized PALSAR-2 data alone and in conjunction with Sentinel-1/2/3 data. Also, the method for monitoring the changes of grasslands and croplands production caused by drought will be developed.

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ESA POLWET

Wigry National Park. Credits: www.wigry.win.pl
The one of the objectives of the project is to establish wetlands monitoring system and create the dedicated EO-based information service as a platform enabling on-line accessibility of the final products to the end-users, adjustable to user’s needs at local, regional and national level. Evaluation of operational value of EO-based products proposed for wetland management, considering feedback from end-users and validation activities will be performed.
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ESA Sentinel-1 Soil Moisture Product Validation

Biebrza National Park. Credits: Shutterstock
In the scope of proposed project two S-1 SM validation sites covering grassland and marshland are located in the Biebrza Wetlands (Poland). Environmental conditions between both sites vary in respect to a SM level, vegetations density and type of grass cover. This diversity will allow to evaluate the S-1 SM products across a wide range of conditions and to conduct extensive research concerning water, carbon and energy cycles within a unique wetland ecosystem.
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Polish-Norwegian Research Programme FINEGRASS

The Project “Effect of climatic changes on grassland growth, its water conditions and biomass” is funded from Polish-Norwegian Research Programme (http://www.ncbir.pl/en/norwaygrants) operated by the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR).
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Carbon balance on wetlands

The subject is the research on estimation of carbon fluxes, and modeling of carbon balance using various satellite data over large homogenous wetlands communities located in the Biebrza National Park.
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MS.MONINA

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.
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INTAS - 6 Framework Programme

The aim of this project is to develop and test Earth Observation (EO) methods to assess the status of Northern Eurasia's peatlands and associated ecosystems in response to climate change, covering both mitigation and adaptation aspects.
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Wetlands monitoring - ALOS satellite

Launch of Japanese ALOS satellite gave new possibilities to apply remote sensing for studying large wetland areas. The aim of the project was to prepare method for monitoring wetland ecosystems and determining soil moisture / vegetation changes on the basis of satellite images ALOS.PALSAR, ALOS.PRISM, ALOS.AVNIR-2 and ENVISAT.ASAR.
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Evaluation of usefulness of ASAR and MERIS images over wetlands

The aim of the project was to analyze possibilities of using ENVISAT ASAR and MERIS images for assessing soil moisture of wetlands. The works were concentrated on the area located at Biebrza Valley. ASAR images registered with various angles and polarizations were analyzed in order to select the optimal parameters of acquisition. MERIS multispectral images were also analyzed and those spectral bands were selected, which characterize in a best way vegetation through EVI index, correlated with LAI index.
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Method of determining areas with diversified SM within wetlands

The aim of the project was to prepare the method of examining soil moisture and its changes for Biebrza Basin on the basis of information acquired by optical and microwave satellites. This information will be used for evaluation of changes of water regime with the study area. The study was done for 1995-2002 period.
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