The KLIWAS research program explores the impacts of climate change on waterways and navigation and develops appropriate adaptation strategies. The aim is to maintain the usage of waterways, to ensure water quality and to preserve biodiversity of inland and coastal waterways. The program is under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS).

The research task KLIWAS 3.09 focuses on the use of remote sensing data for the monitoring of vegetation in estuaries. Specifically, the structure and the species composition of the foreland vegetation in the Elbe estuary is observed, which is subject to constant change. The necessary long-term monitoring is done based on modern remote sensing data from hyperspectral sensors as well as from the multispectral RapidEye satellite system.

The task of the Laboratory of Geoinformatics and Geovisualization (g2lab) is to model the uncertainties that arise in the process of data collection and analysis and thus are an inherent part of the results. Secondly, a custom visualization of the results and their uncertainties shall help to improve the communication between project stakeholders and the public. Finally, the results will be implemented in a Geographic Information System (GIS).

Partners in this project are the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG, head of project), the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Bonn.

Funding: BMVBS

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