Welcome to our Project Hompage

logos On the former military training area, Kyritz-Ruppiner Heide, the project NaTec - KRH aims to bring together biodiversity research and habitat management practice in order to provide knowledge and technologies for nature conservation and ecological restoration. The projects will obeserve dry heathland areas by satellite, airplane and drone sensors to understand ecological processes and help to maintain large undisturbed ecosystems. An interdisciplinary framework is established between the nature foundation Heinz Sielmann Stiftung, the German Research Centre for Geosciense, vegetation ecologists at Ecostrat and the engineering office Riemann Produktdesign that connects the potential natural landscape preservation and development with recent ecological knowledge and management technologies.


Recent advancements are now regularly communicated via the main page. Furthermore, we want to provide a deeper insight into our work that is presented within the webpage categories above. There, in addition to the current work status, we promote knowledge to different topics related to our work with nature and invite everyone to contact us maybe for a meeting in the heather itself.

The project was selected as part of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ to be presented at Woche der Umwelt that is organized by the Bundesprńsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) from 10 - 11 June 2021 as a digital event.

NaTec -KRH is part of the Essential Variables workflows developed in GEOEssential. We provide spatial biodiversity indicators as part of Earth Observation Networks at the National and European level.

News Archive

Habitat Mapping

May 15th, 2019

A novel procedure was developed to map Habitat Type Probabilities on the basis of Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite time series
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Drone Monitoring

November 15th, 2018

Algorithms are developed to map flower and fruit proportions per plant unit in 2017 and drought stress 2018 affecting individual Calluna plants
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Field Research

August 1st, 2018

The heathland database is continually growing. (see recent data catalogue) Research hypotheses are elaborated and implemented into global biodiversity policy goals
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Habitat Monitoring

June 20th, 2018

Over the whole phenological season, a comprehensive species list is collected in the field and described as potential bioindicator candidates.
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Field Season 2018

March 20th, 2018

The new field season has started: First drone flights are realized to map heathland status after winter season and after mowing management.
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Data Analysis

December 1st, 2017

During winter time the hot phase of data processing, anaylsis and hypothesis testing is conducted. First impressive results could be derived for the UAV mapping of individual Calluna plant heights and phenology characteristics.
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Mowing Machine Concept

November 15th, 2017

A 3dimensional construction model of the semi automatetd and UAV controlled heath and small tree removing machine is realized. Single parts can now be visually inspected and discussed for the construction phase
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Data Sampling 2017

October 1st, 2017

The field data collection is completed for the full vegetation period 2017. Vegetation samples as well as remote sensing imagery are collected at various scales
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