Objectives

Research topic deals with the modelling selected functions of the landscape. The main subjects of interest are the developments and changes of the landscape structure with emphasis on the study of ecotones and patches. Modelled drivers are impact of human activities, landscape fragmentation, soil erosion and water retention. For the modelling of future development are used scenarios Business-as-Usual. Impacts of landscape changes are analysed at the level of ecosystem functions and services, especially carbon sequestration, erosion control function and influence biodiversity. Biodiversity is modelled primarily on landscape level. The main aspect of biodiversity is its naturalness, degradation and ecostabilizing function in the landscape.

 

Achievements

  • LOREP – Tool for identification and spatial localization of areas with low retention with the consideration of proposed scenarios. The model includes a structured catalogue of the non-technical measures for of increase and support of the water retention in the landscape. Available as a toolbox for ArcGIS.

  •  Classification of the ecotones for the Czech Republic – Based on field research and analysis diverse properties of ecotones from different perspectives it was created a new classification of ecotones. In collaboration with the Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

  • Straka – Set of tools for advanced analysis of landscape structure (isolation, dispersion, …). Available as a toolbox for ArcGIS and geoprocessing services. Tool used also abroad.

  • CzechGLOBIO – Calibration and modification of the European model for analysis the influence of drivers on biodiversity for local and national conditions of Czech Republic. It was defined and created own data and own relations expert. In collaboration with the Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Activity

  • research contract with Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (GCRI)

  • co-organized and support of conferences “GIS in forestry and agriculture”

  • invited lectures for academic and non-academic sector, publishing in journals with impact factor, solving a number of research projects