On October 17th IES’s researcher Rūta Abaja and the University of Latvia students will carry out ground truth data collection on protected habitats of European (EU) Importance within the Pape seacoast dunes. The ground truth habitat data collection is a part of the project „Adaptation of innovative remote sensing research methodology to map and assess the conservation status of protected habitats of EU importance”
Rūta Abaja and students will carry out ground truth data collection on habitat and vegetation structures. It is necessary for the analyses of remote sensing data that are collected in order to develop methodology for habitat classification and status assessment.
Overall during the project implementation students will participate: two ground truth data collections on dune habitat – the Pape seacoast and Užava seacoast surroundings; three ground truth data collections on raised bog and marshland habitats – located next to the Engure Lake and Pūrica Lake (Marshlands – Ķirbas, Tīras, Lielais un Pammes); and one ground truth data collection on forest habitat within the Ziemeļgauja region.
IES’s researchers are open to share their knowledge, experience and involve students in research processes. During the project students will be able to participate in the process of protected habitats of EU importance mapping by using innovative remote sensing technologies.