Ruderalitazation and invasive species spread as a consequences of land abandonment in European landscapes after 1990: detection and assessment using remote sensing

Project type: Charles University Mini-grant 2023


Flagship: Flagship 4


Project leader at CU: doc. RNDr. Lucie Kupková, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science)


Participating universities: Heidelberg University, University of Copenhagen, University of Geneva, University of Warsaw



Remote sensing with its increasing spatial, spectral and temporal resolutions has become a powerful tool for detection and assessment of land abandonment and its consequences. A team from 4EU+ universities already started working on the topic of agricultural land abandonment. Scientific plans were discussed, data for a test area of abandoned land in Czechia (nearby Kutná hora) were acquired and methods of analyses tested. In 2023, the project team will focus on using remote sensing for detection and assessment of land abandonment consequences like various succession stages, ruderalization and invasive species spread detection and assessment.