Between the 17th to 22nd March 2014, several members of the REAL group (Aynalem, Chris, Christine and Esther) participated in the Vegetation from space and from the ground workshop (KITE-CHIESA). This workshop was facilitated by Dr. Phil Platts and Dr. Marion Pfeifer. The course provided an introduction to the use of Earth Observation (EO) products in the assessment of biome distributions over time, vegetation structure and carbon. A particular focus was on spatial scaling issues, comparing remotely sensed measurements to those obtained in situ during a day in the field.
The material was aimed at post-graduate students and research staff interested in monitoring and modelling environmental change. A basic familiarity with Quantum GIS and R statistical software was essential, but otherwise no formal training in EO or vegetation studies was assumed. The course was held over five and a half days.