Drone-based mapping of changed vegetation

COAT researchers monitor vegetation disturbances by biotic and abiotic factors, such as herbivory and extreme winter weather. However, these are not typical vegetation classes included in remote-sensing based maps.

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COAT expands the vegetation monitoring at Svalbard, now including drones and high-resolution imagery. The team is learning to use advanced equipment to capture not only changes in the vegetation but also to quantify disturbances from herbivores and damage after winters with a lot of ice covering the ground.

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COAT predicted an increase in ptarmigan populations in Finnmark this year and this corresponds well with FeFo's own surveys

COAT has modeled the population fluctuations of willow ptarmigan in Finnmark and looked at what influences changes in the population. The modeling is the result of a collaboration between COAT, the research project SUSTAIN  and several stakeholders, including the landowner Finnmarkseiendommen (FeFo) . The stakeholders wanted the models to be us...

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Current activities

21.10.2020: Disputation - MSc in Ecobiology Filippo Marolla (COAT)
By Leif Einar Støvern on 12.10.2020

MSc in Ecobiology Filippo Marolla (COAT) will Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 12:15 defend his thesis ...

22.09.2020: Disputas – MSc in Ecology Matteo Petit Bon (COAT)
By Leif Einar Støvern on 22.09.2020

MSc in Ecology Matteo Petit Bon (COAT) will Tuesday 22 September 2020 at 14:45 defend his thesis fo...

23.02.2019: Presentation about COAT at Varangerbotn museum 23.02.
By Leif Einar Støvern on 05.03.2019

On Saturday 23.2. Jan Erik Knutsen was on the museum in Varangerbotn holding a presentation about C...