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Being an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources,I aim to inform society about the fate of (semi) natural ecosystems. In many developing nations and upcoming economies, information on ecosystems is scarce. Nevertheless, ecosystems in these countries often harbour rich biodiversity and the indirect services they deliver to society are assumed to be large. To effectively protect and manage these systems requires reliable methods to estimate the current state and changes in these ecosystems from observations, both remotely sensed as well as from the ground. To this end, I study and teach on empirical spatial interpolation techniques (so called species distribution modelling in ecology or environmental niche modelling in agronomy), stress detection in vegetation with thermal infrared remote sensing techniques and how to extract early warning signals of tipping points in ecosystems from satellite time series. 


Part of the NRM Curriculum and the iGEON distance based course.

Teaching topics related to:

  • Spatial Modelling
  • Species Distribution Models
  • Statistics
  • Modelling in R
  • Quantitative Ecology
  • Thermal spectroscopy
  • Field Work Preparation
  • Research Skills

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Topics covered by current and past research include:

  • Species distribution modelling techniques, error propagation and applications for conservation
  • Hyperspectral thermal remote sensing of plant stress
  • remote sensing and spatial modelling to assess dynamics in ecosystems
  • Interactions between savanna vegetation patterns and fire
  • Early-warning for tipping points in ecosystems
  • Novel methodologies to determine carbon budgets of forests
  • Novel methodologies to create long time series from various geographical information sources,

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Activities in capacity development

I have undertaken fieldwork in Australia, Bulgaria, India and South Africa and performed consulting and training service work in Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Ghana, Greece, Indonesia, Kenya, Namibia, Russia (Sacha Republic), Rwanda, Uganda, and Vietnam.

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savanna Earth & Environmental Sciences
vegetation Earth & Environmental Sciences
modeling Earth & Environmental Sciences
autocorrelation Earth & Environmental Sciences
Rhododendron Agriculture & Biology
land cover Earth & Environmental Sciences
water content Agriculture & Biology
tropical grasslands Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2003 2019

Abundance and spatial distribution of the main food species for mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif, Rwanda

Akayezu, P., van Duren, I. C., Groen, T. A., Grueter, C. C. & Robbins, M. M., 1 Nov 2019, In : Biodiversity and conservation. 28, 13, p. 3597-3620 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

spatial distribution
1 Citation (Scopus)

Climate and land use changes will degrade the distribution of Rhododendrons in China

Yu, F., Wang, T., Groen, T. A., Skidmore, A. K., Yang, X., Ma, K. & Wu, Z., 1 Apr 2019, In : Science of the total environment. 659, p. 515-528 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Land use
land use change

Effects of Grazing and Browsing on Tropical Savanna Vegetation

van Langevelde, F., van de Vijver, C. A. D. M., Prins, H. H. T. & Groen, T. A., 13 Nov 2019, The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing II. Gordon, I. & Prins, H. H. T. (eds.). 239 ed. Springer, Vol. Ecological Studies. p. 237-257 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


ELSA: A new entropy-based statistic to measure local and global spatial structure : abstract

Naimi, B., Hamm, N. A. S., Groen, T. A., Skidmore, A. K., Toxopeus, A. G. & Alibakhshi, S., Jul 2019, p. 1-1. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

ELSA: Entropy-based local indicator of spatial association

Naimi, B., Hamm, N. A. S., Groen, T. A., Skidmore, A. K., Toxopeus, A. G. & Alibakhshi, S., Mar 2019, In : Spatial statistics. 29, p. 66-88 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

spatial data
Spatial Data


Changes in thermal infrared spectra of plants caused by temperature and water stress

Buitrago Acevedo, M. F. (Creator), Groen, T. (Creator), Hecker, C. (Creator), Skidmore, A. (Creator), University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), 1 Aug 2018


Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Invited talk

Using remote sensing to assess ecosystem functioning

Thomas Groen (Speaker)
6 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk