November 2022:
Opportunity for a PhD position (65%, 3+2 years) in UAV and satellite remote sensing for forest ecological research and management of disturbed areas in German low mountain ranges. Application deadline: 21 Dec 2022

September 2022:
Chairing the Special Session "Land Cover & Land Use Remote Sensing Techniques and Applications for Effective Climate Action" at the 41st EARSeL Symposium 2022 in Paphos, Cyprus.

February 2022:
Our group edits the Special Issue Remote Sensing Satellites Data Analysis for Land Use / Land Cover (LULC) and Vegetation Monitoring in Sensors/MDPI - submission is open until 25. July 2023

September 2021:
Project KLIMNEM on sustainable forestry in temperate deciduous forests in Patagonia, Argentina has started

February 2020:
GIS - consulting discontinued after 10 years of operation as of February 2020

Book - New Publication 2020:
Garik Gutman, Jiquan Chen, Geoffrey M. Henebry, Martin Kappas (Editors). Landscape Dynamics of Drylands across Greater Central Asia:
People, Societies and Ecosystems. Springer, Landscape Series, 2020

November 2020:
Future of Bioenergy Villages - Transfer Platform of the Universities of Kassel and Göttingen shows perspectives!
The joint project "Innovative concepts and business models for sustainable bioenergy villages - climate-friendly, democratic, close to citizens" of the University of Kassel and the Georg-August-University of Göttingen has opened the portal: Here, the more than 200 established bioenergy villages and those villages that are on their way to becoming bioenergy villages will find valuable information on possible future business areas in order to continue to operate their energy plants economically after the first EEG subsidy expires after 20 years.
The focus of the three-year research project, in which the University of Kassel with its departments of Microeconomics and Empirical Energy Economics and Solar and Plant Engineering and the University of Göttingen with the Department of Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing of the Institute of Geography are involved, is on sustainable business fields and the long-term economic operation of bioenergy villages. Fourteen recommendations for action in this regard from the areas of residual material utilization, alternative energy crops, optimization of value creation through circular economy, future electricity marketing, efficient heat grids and sector coupling of bioenergy with other renewable energies provide the operators of bioenergy villages with insights into the state of research and the implementation of new business models in practice. Recommendations will continue to be updated throughout the remainder of the project (through January 2022). The cooperation with the bioenergy villages Krebeck/ Wollbrandshausen and Altenmellrich/Anröchte in so-called real laboratories complement the scientific methods and business models can be examined here under practical conditions for feasibility and economic viability.
GIS map with search function: In addition to the recommendations for action, the bioenergy villages can also obtain information about the activities of their colleagues. A GIS map enables a targeted search for technologies used in the villages, or one can find other bioenergy villages in one's own region or in other counties.
There is no silver bullet for the continued operation of all bioenergy villages. The villages differ, among other things, in their project history, plant constellation and corporate form. Therefore, each village needs a tailor-made solution. The transfer platform offers the possibility to deal with new business concepts and to profit from the experiences of others.
The current legal framework does not yet lead many interesting business models for bioenergy villages to profitability. However, the EEG 2021, the CO2 pricing and impulses from the EU give hope for improved framework conditions.
The title of the platform addresses consciously not only the circle of the bio energy villages, but all villages, which made themselves on the way of the energy turn or plan that. Even for complete newcomers in this field, there will soon be a guide that chronologically shows the steps to the conversion to renewable energies.
The "energiewendedoerfer" platform is thus making an important contribution to the necessary energy and heat transition in rural areas.
The joint project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture from February 2019 to January 2022 with a total budget of around € 630,000.