Remote sensing based monitoring of the Natura 2000 site Niedere Tauern

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, Praschk C., Sackl P., Schardt M.

Third Symposion of the Hohe Tauern National Park for Research in Protected Areas, Kaprun, Salzburg, September 15th-17th, 2005 , 9/2005


Information on alpine Natura 2000 sites frequently fails to meet decision-makers’ requirements, since comprehensive, systematic and comparable data acquired over longer periods of time are available only in exceptional cases. The present project thus focused on developing remote sensing based methods tailored to the mapping and habitat assessment of large-scale alpine protection areas. These methods were implemented in the Natura 2000 site “Niedere Tauern” designated as a SPA according to the EU Birds Directive. The following results are now available:

  • Criteria catalogue for comprehensive data coverage
  • Colour infrared orthophoto mosaic
  • Land cover map at 1:10,000 scale
  • Knowledgebased habitat models for 13 bird species listed in Annex I of the EU Birds Directive
  • Remote sensing based monitoring system for the assessment of habitat changes
  • Natura 2000 decision support system for the Niedere Tauern protection area

The developed methods can easily be adapted for application in other alpine protection areas.

Keywords: Natura 2000, Niedere Tauern, alpine SPA, remote sensing, land-cover classification, monitoring changes, GIS, knowledge-based habitat models