How does conflict affect land use? New publication!

Population and Environment in the Middle East

In November 2015, me and a colleague (Michael Degerald, visit his blog here) asked the question: how is agriculture affected in the areas seized by the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, Da’esh)? We couldn’t find much information to answer our question, so we decided to investigate it ourselves.

At first we wanted to look at changes in productivity indicated by satellite measured greenness, but later we decided to go a step deeper and look at land use activity as an indicator of land abandonment (as I had done in a previous publication). As the project moved on, more people became interested, and eventually three more co-authors were added: Petter Pilesjö (Lund University), Martin Brandt and Alexander Prishcepov (both from Copenhagen University).

Together, we conducted a land use classification based on NDVI data from MODIS based on the seasonality of the land surface. We distinguished between single cropped cropland…

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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

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