Expanding the study area: from West Africa to South China

People who know me and my research know that I am in love with the Sahel and its people, and this will never change. However, I recently had the chance to expand my research area from the semi-arid Sahel to humid China, more specifically the South China Karst. I spent around 4 months in China … Continue reading Expanding the study area: from West Africa to South China

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Our research in the media

Our article in Nature Ecology & Evolution got some media attention, both in the Danish and the international press. Africa has become greener in the last 20 years at Science Nordic Global greening may soak up less carbon dioxide than projected at New Scientist The forests won’t fix our CO2 problem — in fact, they’ll … Continue reading Our research in the media

New publications!

Our fantastic team had some new publications within the past half year, they are all worth to have a look: Xiaoye Tong, Martin Brandt, Pierre Hiernaux, Stefanie Herrmann, Feng Tian, Alexander Prishchepov, Rasmus Fensholt. Revisiting the coupling between NDVI trends and cropland changes in the Sahel drylands: A case study in western Niger. Remote Sensing … Continue reading New publications!

Publishing in the open access journal Remote Sensing (MDPI)

With our last article published, we are closing the special issue on land degradation for the open access journal Remote Sensing and I want to share some experiences here. In total, 24 articles were submitted, 13 of them were published, 6 rejected without going to review, and 5 were rejected after review. So we have … Continue reading Publishing in the open access journal Remote Sensing (MDPI)

Integrating meteorological data in biomass prediction models

Diouf, A.A.; Hiernaux, P.; Brandt, M.; Faye, G.; Djaby, B.; Diop, M.B.; Ndione, J.A.; Tychon, B. Do Agrometeorological Data Improve Optical Satellite-Based Estimations of the Herbaceous Yield in Sahelian Semi-Arid Ecosystems? Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 668. Quantitative estimates of forage availability at the end of the growing season in rangelands are helpful for pastoral livestock … Continue reading Integrating meteorological data in biomass prediction models

New publications

Check out our new publications: Lina Eklund, Clemens Romankiewicz, Martin Brandt, Martin Doevenspeck, Cyrus Samimi. Data and methods in the environment-migration nexus: a scale perspective. DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin, 2016, 147, 2. This paper raises awareness of data scale issues in environment migration research, for example the declining station … Continue reading New publications

Downloading and processing MODIS with fast and free tools

Here's a simple way of processing MODIS: downloading, extracting the bands from HDF as GEOTIFF, merging tiles and reprojecting. Area extraction, NDVI calculation, cloud filtering and more can be done in GRASS for example. It's Linux based, but can easily used in Windows. My way might not be the most elegant, but it's fast and … Continue reading Downloading and processing MODIS with fast and free tools