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Project SENsGruen

We are excited to announce the collaboration of SensGruen (funded by the federal Agency for Nature Conservation, BfN) with the Biodiversity Exploratories, a long-term research initiative funded by the German Science Foundation, featuring over 40 subprojects. SensGruen has the mission to assess grassland habitat quality of NATURA 2000 sites using hyperspectral remote sensing at various scales. The partnership with the Biodiversity Exploratories allows us to enhance the long-term monitoring of diverse grassland types using remote sensing, providing invaluable insights for ecological research and conservation efforts.

During our first field trip in September, we discovered the high variety of grassland types at two of the three sites of the German Biodiversity Exploratories (Hainich, Schwäbische Alb, Schorfheide Chorin). Our field campaign will focus on collecting plant traits and biomass data, in collaboration with the SEBAS project (University of Bergen and University of Potsdam). We will then link these measurements with hyperspectral information gathered through field spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging using drones and satellites like EnMAP. Our analyses will cover multiple scales, addressing the relationship between habitat parameters and spectral information. Our aim is to evaluate the advantages of imaging spectroscopy data over multispectral data in estimating the quality of grassland habitats across an array of management types and intensities. Together with our partner project CopGruen, we can show the potential of remote sensing in monitoring NATURA 2000 grassland habitats and advancing ecological research and conservation efforts.