On Friday 13th the WILDisland project was presented within the "Introduction to Geospatial Analysis" course of the Environmental Systems Laboratory of the Central European University in Vienna, Austria.
The aim of the presentation was to demonstrate to the students the application of geospatial data processing for direct conservation on field. We showed how construction works along the bank of the Danube - embankment removal and side-arm restoration - lead to morphological changes and habitat improvement and how these changes can be recorded on field, explaining the monitoring measures provided within the WILDisland project. Evaluating the impact of the conservation actions onto the target habitats and sites is one of the obligatory actions requested by the European Commission for LIFE-funded projects and we are happy to be able to records and assess this impact using state-of-art methodologies.
We thank the Environmental Systems Laboratory of CEU for the invitation and since the Master students showed real interest, we hope that they will take over practical conservation and geospatial analysis in their future work!