Reconstructing Central European forest disturbance dynamics using Landsat

Funding: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Funding volume: 130,000 Euro
Period: 10/2016 until 04/2018


The project aims at reconstructing the historic (1985-2015) forest disturbance dynamics of central European forests by combining Landsat time series analysis and statistical modeling. The project is a collaborative project between the Geomatics Lab of Humboldt-University of Berlin and the Institute of Silviculture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna.

Figure 1: A Landsat Tasseled Cap (TC) image before (A) and after (B) a bark beetle outbreak in the Bavarian Forest national park. Changes in TC wetness indicate substantial but spatial variable changes in forest structure resulting from bark beetle induced tree mortality (C)

Project members and collaborators

Cornelius Senf (PI)
Dirk Pflugmacher, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Rupert Seidl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna
Yang Zhiqiang, Oregon State University

Project outputs

Senf, C., Müller, J., and Seidl, R. (2019) Post-disturbance recovery of forest cover and tree height differ with management in Central Europe. Landscape Ecology, 34, 2837-2850.

Senf, C., Pflugmacher, D., Zhiqiang, Y., Sebald, S., Knorrn, J., Neumann, M., Hostert, P., and Seidl, R. (2018) Canopy mortality has doubled across Europe’s temperate forests in the last three decades. Nature Communications, 9, 4978.

Senf, C. and Seidl R. (2018) Natural disturbances are spatially diverse but temporally synchronized across temperate forest landscapes in Europe. Global Change Biology, 24, 1201-1211.

Senf, C., Pflugmacher, D., Hostert, P., and Seidl, R. (2017) Using Landsat time series for characterizing forest disturbance dynamics in the coupled human and natural systems of Central Europe. ISPRS Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 130, 453-463.