Project: Medialps - Disentangling anthropogenic drivers of climate change impacts on alpine plant species: Alps vs. Mediterranean mountains
Project funding: ESS
Project team: GLORIA - coordination, Martin Rutzinger, Robert Niederheiser, Stefan Mayr
Project coordinator: Manuela Winkler


We aim at identifying areas with a particular high risk of biodiversity losses as well as potential refugia allowing plant species to persist under predicted climate change. To this end, we will operate at two spatial scales in two constrasting biomes of Europe. The first level constitute local summits where temperature, water potential and nitrogen deposition are measured, and changes in vegetation and grazing pressure are recorded. On the regional level we will compare solar radiation and topography derived from satellite images, climate parameters and their projections into the future under different climate change scenarios, nitrogen deposition and major land-use changes in the two contrasting regions.

Niederheiser, R., Rutzinger, M., Lamprecht, A., Steinbauer, K. & Winkler, M. (2016): Mapping alpine vegetation location properties by dense matching. In: The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. Prague, Czech Republic Vol. XLI-B5, pp. 881-886.

den Outer, J. (2016): Analyse von Vegetationsstandorten im Hochgebirge mithilfe des Verfahrens des dense matchings von terrestrischen Schrägbildaufnahmen. MSc Thesis. Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck.

Kamphuis, J. (2015): Vegetation detection in Structure-from-Motion derived 3D-models. BSc Thesis. Applied Earth Sciences. Delft University of Technology.

Niederheiser, R., Rutzinger, M., den Outer, J. & Winkler, M. (2015): Mapping vegetation location properties using a structure from motion approach. In: Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth. Perth, United Kingdom.