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

Project period: 06/2013 until 05/2016
Funding source: Federal State of Berlin through a Elsa-Neumann PhD scholarship
Funding amount: 30,000 Euro
Role: PI


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 collaborators

Cornelius Senf (PI)
Patrick Hostert
Mike Wulder

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.