Reconstructing Central European forest disturbance dynamics using Landsat

Project period: 10/2016 until 04/2018
Funding source: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) through a Postdoctoral Researcher International Mobility Experience (PRIME) grant
Funding amount: 130,000 Euro
Role: PI


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 collaborators

Cornelius Senf (PI)
Dirk Pflugmacher
Patrick Hostert
Rupert Seidl
Yang Zhiqiang

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.