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Ongoing projects (27)
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Vom «eroberten Land» zum Renaturierungsprojekt – Geschichte der Feuchtgebiete in der Schweiz seit 1750
Geschichte der Feuchtgebiete in der Schweiz seit 1750

Unter diesem Titel erscheint im Frühling 2017 ein Band in der Bristol-Schriftenreihe, in dem neben der geschichtlichen Aufarbeitung der Entwicklung und der Rezeption der Feuchtgebiete von 1750 bis heute eine Rekonstruktion der Feuchtgebiete von 1850 bis 2010 erscheint.

Available languages: German

Catchment scale snow depth mapping in high-alpine regions using digital photogrammetry
Snow Depth Mapping

Information on large scale snow depths is still mainly based on interpolated point measurements. New developments in sensor – and software technology for digital photogrammetry in the last two decades offer new possibilities to derive high resolution, digital surface models (DSM) even over snow covered high-alpine regions. Together with the WSL Institut for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF we develop workflows to derive large scale snowmaps using airborne digital imagery from the airborne ADS100 Sensor (Leica Geosystems).

Available languages: English

High Resolution Flood Risk Assessment for Climate Change Adaptation with a Coupled Modelling Approach (HighFlow-CMA)
High Resolution Flood Risk Assessment for Climate Change Adaptation with a Coupled Modelling Approach

HiFlow-CMA relies on the concept of socio-hydrology to assess flood-risk management in a changing environment (climate, land use). The project aims at developing measures of adaptive flood-risk management using a coupled modelling framework which considers stakeholder involvement explicitly.

Available languages: English

SCODA - Scaling from individual interactions to community dynamics in avian assemblages
SCODA - Scaling from individual interactions to community dynamics in avian assemblages

Quantitative biodiversity models are important tools for assessing potential species and community response to global environmental change. SCODA aims at testing and advancing the new approach of joint species distribution models (JSDMs). JSDMs simultaneously estimate the species-environment relationship of multiple species together with the residual correlation between species, which may carry information on interspecific interactions. The project combines empirical and theoretical analyses on avian communities to (a) test JSDMs ability to reliably quantify different interaction mechanisms, (b) evaluate the scale dependence of interspecific interactions and (c) their spatiotemporal variability, and (d) incorporate trait information into JSDMs as a more robust measure of potential interactions under novel environments.

Available languages: German English French Italian

Shiny Server
Shiny Server

The R package "Shiny" offers a simple web application framework for R. Within this internal project we use a dedicated Shiny server to evaluate the capability of web-based Shiny applications for existing work processes and projects at WSL.

Available languages: English

SImulating REcreationists’ MOvements
SImulating REcreationists’ MOvements

Wir entwickeln ein Agenten basiertes Modell zur Simulation der linearen Fortbewegung zu und in Naherholungsgebieten in suburbanen Gemeinden. Das Modell berücksichtigt neben den Wegeigenschaften auch landschaftliche Qualitäten und die Bedürfnisse verschiedener Langsamverkehrsnutzer.

Available languages: German English

Energie aus Landschaftspflegegrün
Energie / Landschaftspflegegrün

Energie aus Biomasse kann einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Energiewende leisten. Das Projekt ermittelt das Potential von Biomasse aus der Landschaftspflege für die energetische Verwertung und kombiniert somit die Anliegen von Landschafts- und Klimaschutz.

Available languages: German

FORHYCS: A tool for integrated investigation of Forest and Hydrology Change in Switzerland
FORHYCS: A tool for integrated investigation of Forest and Hydrology Change in Switzerland

A hydrological model is coupled to a forest model to better assess the influence of changing drivers to forests and the hydrological cycle

Available languages: English

Shape matching in (non-rigid) natural environments
Shape matching

Robust feature extraction with aerial images requires appropriate shape models, which allow to match non-rigid objects like tree crowns. The combination of spatial and spectral information in a customized local neighborhood is crucial to avoid noisy results.

Available languages: English

From plans to land change: how strategic spatial planning contributes to the development of urban regions (CONCUR)
CONCUR

The project will analyze and clarify how planning and policy affect land change in urban regions. Whereas planning has a long tradition as a means to guiding spatial development, planning is only rudimentarily considered in land-change science. We will develop a theoretical model and then assess its applicability for land change modelling in the test regions of Zurich, Bucharest, and Austin, TX.

Available languages: German English

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