Environmental Systems

The Environmental Systems department investigates the interrelations between ecological processes on various scales, from standardised test systems in the greenhouse to complex analyses at landscape level. The department focuses on two main areas: the analysis and management of environmental information on the one hand and the analysis of environmental effects on the other.

Our aim here is to develop and implement new methods of digital landscape analysis. One main focus is on landscape classification based on high-resolution remote sensing data. Important tools required for this are high-end software packages, such as ArcInfo, Erdas Imagine and eCognition. Processing chains for knowledge-based, automated high-precision and current landscape classification can then be developed and applied. 

 

 

Our range of activities includes:

  • automated landscape classification based on high-resolution remote sensing data and aerial images

  • 3D modelling based on high-resolution terrain models

  • application and development of geo-referenced simulation models for the probabilistic exposure and risk assessment of plant protection products

  • development of user-specific applications

  • evaluation of the potential of "new" geodata, e.g. LIDAR data and sensor-aided remote sensing data

  • development of large-scale processing environments (hardware and software)

  • implementation of (geo) data processing at regional and national scales

  • analysis and linking of climate data

Here we aim to understand ecological processes in agricultural landscapes so as to contribute to the realistic risk assessment of cultivation practices. The aim of describing ecological processes in agricultural landscapes is to contribute towards the highly realistic risk assessment of cultivation measures and to develop integrated environmental management that makes ecological and economic sense.

 

 

In terrestrial ecotoxicology, we therefore focus on the effects of plant protection products on non-target organisms in the agroecosystem, and develop enhanced methods to detect and evaluate such effects. In the area of environmental monitoring, we focus primarily on taking an inventory of endangered species, beneficial organisms and regionally significant pests. Taking ecological factors into account, we aim to derive recommendations for cultivation measures that are as environmentally friendly and economical as possible.

Our range of activities includes:

  • implementation of standard tests according to GLP (e.g. non-target plant tests)
  • research, development and installation of new test systems (e.g. arthropods)
  • methodical advancement of higher tier test systems for more realistic risk assessment of the effects of plant protection products (e.g. wild plants)
  • environmental and landscape monitoring to capture the real effects of anthropogenic impact (reparcelling of agricultural land, use of plant protection products, etc.)

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