About the Project

HabitARS Habitats Airborne Remote Sensing

The title of the project:

The innovative approach supporting monitoring of non-forest Natura 2000 habitats, using remote sensing methods.

The project is realized as part of the BIOSTRATEG strategic program for research and development work ÔÇ×┼Ürodowisko naturalne, rolnictwo i le┼ŤnictwoÔÇŁ [Natural environment, agriculture and forestry] funded by The National Centre for Research and Development in Poland.

An innovative approach

The project develops an innovative approach supporting non-forest Natura 2000 habitats monitoring using remote sensing methods.

The existing methods of monitoring habitats are based on subjective assessments of experts made on location. Information is extrapolated from points to the whole area.

The aim of the HabitARS project is to develop an objective and repeatable method of identification of non-forest habitats and threats to those habitats, such as desiccation, succession and encroachment of invasive alien and expansive domestic plant species, using remote sensing methods and field botanical reference measurements.


C1: Integrated operation of multiple sensors on a remote sensing platform.

C2: Developing methodology of identification of non-forest Natura 2000 habitats in agricultural areas.

Developing methodology of threat identification in non-forest Natura 2000 habitats using remote sensing techniques.

C3: desiccation

C4: succession of trees and shrubs

C5: occurrence of invasive geographically alien and expansive domestic plant species

C6: Optimizing methodology of inventorying and monitoring non-forest Natura 2000 habitats using remote sensing techniques.

The project is carried out in 37 locations across Poland, from the Biebrza Marshes and Drawa Wilderness in the North to Bieszczady and Karkonosze mountains in the South.

Projekt "Innowacyjne podej┼Ťcie wspieraj─ůce monitoring niele┼Ťnych siedlisk przyrodniczych Natura z wykorzystaniem metod teledetekcyjnych", wsp├│┼éfinansowany ze ┼Ťrodk├│w Narodowego Centrum Bada┼ä i Rozwoju, w ramach programu "┼Ürodowisko naturalne, rolnictwo i le┼Ťnictwo" BIOSTRATEG/Konkurs II.