Plants, Nature & urban Green - has widened its research focus from historical ecological research in deciduous forests (impact of former land use, ancient forest plant species, biodiversity) to a broad range of research topics, such as dispersal of plant species and seed banks of various habitats. More recently the focus further shifted to urban green, in particular green roofs, vertical green, the use of perennial plant species in urban green. Through research, teaching and advice we seek to support forest and nature conservation and to stimulate the application of urban green in order to improve the living environment of people.
The Forest Ecology and Management (FORECOMAN) research group of KU Leuven aims at contributing with academic research and teaching to a harmonious relationship of humans with forest ecosystems, through their conservation, restoration and sustainable management. Our work is explicitly interdisciplinary and recognizes the complexity of social-ecological systems. Current research topics include biodiversity - ecosystem service relationships in forests, climate mitigation potential of forests and bioenergy systems, and dryland forest restoration ecology.
' Where?' and ' When?' are preoccupations of all times. With adequate knowledge of locations, characteristics of these locations, their mutual relationships and dynamics we make progress in reconstructing and understanding natural processes and human interventions and in assessing and forecasting their impacts in space and time. Developments of the Geographic Information Science and Technologies (GIS&T) lead to new challenges for these universal 'Where?' and 'When?' questions. One is the removal of limitations on geo-data availability. The optimisation of decisions to meet several objectives simultaneously based on geo-information is a second one. Both are -worldwide- extremely relevant for land and water management.
In our multidisciplinary group, researchers are active in three thematic domains. They prepare PhD or MSc-manuscripts or perform postdoctoral or contract-based research:
Conversion of geodata
Conversion of geographical data, acquired by a.o. earth remote sensing, proximal and in situ sensing, into spatio-temporal information about land, land use and land management; Methodological developments and innovative applications of quantitative land inventory and land evaluation;
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