Spatial patterns and drivers of western spruce budworm defoliation in British Columbia

Funding: Elsa Neuman Scholarship by the Federal State of Berlin
Funding volume: 40,000 Euro
Period: 06/2013 until 05/2016


This project aimed to evaluate the potential of Landsat time series for monitoring forest disturbances by the western spruce budworm, a defoliating insect native to western North America. The project was a collaboration between the Geography Department of Humboldt-Universität and the Canadian Forest Service.

Figure 1: Mapped defoliation by western spruce budworm in British Columbia, Canada.

Project members and collaborators

Cornelius Senf (PI)
Patrick Hostert, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Mike Wulder, Canadian Forest Service

Project outputs

Senf, C., Campbell, E., Wulder, M. A., Pflugmacher, D. and Hostert P. (2017) A multi-scale analysis of western spruce budworm spatiotemporal outbreak patterns. Landscape Ecology, 32(3), 501-514.

Senf, C., Wulder, M. A., Campbell, E. and Hostert P. (2016) Using Landsat to assess the relationship between spatiotemporal patterns of western spruce budworm outbreaks and regional-scale weather variability. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 42(6), 706-718.

Senf, C., Pflugmacher, D., Wulder, M. A. and Hostert, P. (2015) Characterizing spectral-temporal patterns of defoliator and bark beetle disturbances using Landsat time series. Remote Sensing of Environment, 170, 166-177.