The University of Warsaw is the largest and one of the leading institutions of higher education in Poland. Founded by a decree issued on 19 November 1816 by Tsar Alexander I, it was initially called the Royal University of Warsaw. At first, the university was comprised of five faculties: Law and Administration, Medicine, Philosophy, Theology, and Arts and Humanities. The university opened for students in 1818. Several years later the university community included about 800 students and 40-50 professors. The current number of students is 48 thousand. The university now consists of 20 faculties and employs 3,5 thousand academic teachers, 820 of whom are professors.
The unit involved in the project is the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, and in particular, the Department of Geoinformatics, Cartography and Remote Sensing. According to the QS World University Ranking from 2014, it is the best geography faculty in Poland. It gathers scientists representing various branches of geography and related sciences. The unit has experience in spatial data processing and usage of spatial data for local administration and protected area management.
In the HabitARS project, the team from UW is in charge of coordinating WP2, coordinating and conducting field remote sensing measurements in 16 research areas, preparation, analysis and interpretation of the results, processing and analysis of hyperspectral data, and classification.
The HabitARS project management at the University of Warsaw:
- Coordination of WP2: dr Anna Jaroci┼äska,
- Administration: Aleksandra K─Öpczy┼äska.