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Assessment of the Effect of Climate Change on Agro-ecological Systems Using Optical and SAR Remote S

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
3 weeks
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Education type
Fulltime
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

Sustainable forest management, including certification and the assessment and prevention of forest degradation, may well be considered in the years ahead.

The greenhouse effects and the carbon cycle, in particular carbon emissions and carbon sequestration, are at the heart of climate change. Global instruments such as the UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, CDM and IPCC reports all address these problems, resulting in an explicit link with the International Environmental Agenda. The accurate quantification of the various components in the carbon cycle forms a core requirement for the assessment, monitoring, modelling and mitigation of adverse climate effects and, in the end, for the sustainability of livelihoods in many parts of the world. The last requires the identification, analysis and development of policy instruments to handle the impacts of the foreseeable changes in the carbon cycle. Forestry in the broad sense forms the principal scientific area for researching the carbon cycle, including both emissions (sources) and sequestration (sinks).

Owing to size, inaccessibility of the forest resources, and international requirements for a uniform methodology, quantification of the carbon cycle components in both space and time leans heavily on remote sensing, GIS modelling and related statistical tools.

Subjects
Introduction to the Carbon Cycle, Climate Response and the rule and effects of Deforestation and Forest Degradation on carbon and climate change. Relationships between biophysical characteristics of vegetation and optical and radar return. Modeling and mapping biomass.

Objectives
Understand the carbon cycle and its effect on climate change; Assess and estimate and model forest, ago-eco biomass. Model sequestrated and emitted carbon.Analyze aircraft and satellite radar images for modeling and mapping carbon.

Curriculum
Introduction to the Carbon Cycle, Climate Response and the rule and effects of Deforestation and Forest Degradation on carbon and climate change. Relationships between biophysical characteristics of vegetation and optical and radar return. Modeling and mapping biomass.

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Admission requirements

Professional experience

Knowledge of Remote Sensing and GIS and related application area.

Knowledge minimum

BSc in Earth Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Management, or other related discipline.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.0, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80, TOEFL paper based: 550

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