The main objectives of this project are to i) demonstrate and to characterize the ecosystem impact of invasive plant species through the combined use of field data and remotely sensed data, and ii) to support monitoring, prediction of spread and risk assessment of invasive plant species as preconditions for management measures and mitigation.
The more specific research objectives are to
- quantify, study and better understand the effects of biological invasion on ecosystem properties, through methods of remote sensing;
- develop and validate an approach to create accurate fine scale baseline maps and predictive models of the distribution of invasive plant species at the landscape scale;
- assess possibilities and constraints for generalization across ecosystems and invasive species
- develop and disseminate a toolbox for the detection, mapping and prediction of the distribution of invasive plant species at the landscape scale, and to assess their impact on ecosystem properties; and
- provide knowledge transfer and a hands-on training for ecologists, conservation biologists, policy makers and landscape managers across Europe.