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Summer School Rio de Janeiro 2020

Due to the current circumstances and the uncertainly surrounding developments with Covid-19, this year’s Summer School will be held online. Unfortunately, the field trip will be canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we believe that it is the right decision in the current circumstances to ensure the wellbeing our attendees as well as staff members.



Analyzing and Monitoring Land Use and
Land Cover Changes:
Reconciling economic growth and nature
conservation in the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro

28.09.2020 – 02.10.2020 (online)


Call for Applications 2020

The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and the Department of Geography of the Fluminense Federal University invite applicants in the geography and environmental-related fields for a DAAD Summer School starting on 28th September 2020.



Land use land cover change (LULCC) refers either to changes in the biophysical attributes of the earth’s surface or to changes in the human use of a certain extent of land. LULCC might refer to the conversion of natural areas into other productive assets to satisfy human necessities. For example, the conversion of natural vegetation into agriculture for food production or urban settlement for solving housing needs. It might also mean the opposite direction as, for example, the abandonment of a previously cultivated land, which means even a possibility of restoration of natural assets. The assessment of LULCC provides crucial information on how certain geographic regions develop. Decision-makers rely on information about the development of certain regions to implement effective policies. Therefore, it is important to identify the LULCC to understand the development of a geographic region and promote effective policy interventions.
Institutional, socioeconomic, and environmental factors are drivers of LULCC. Institutional factors materialize in the form of policy interventions. Literature has shown policy interventions play an underlying role in the LULCC. Socioeconomic factors appear in several studies as a trigger of agricultural LULCC. Rural-out migration is one socioeconomic factor that appears most often in the spotlight of the explanations of LULCC. Environmental conditions might favor certain uses over others. For example, lower precipitation rates are a problem in rain-fed agriculture areas. Rainfed agriculture areas with low precipitation rates are more likely to be abandoned in comparison with the areas with irrigation systems. The Identification of drivers of LULCC provides valuable information on the potentials and limitations of geographic regions and for the establishment of priority development projects. Consequently, the identification of the institutional, socioeconomic, and environmental factors that are driving LULCC at certain geographic extensions is crucial knowledge for the implementation of development projects.
The Summer School „Analyzing and Monitoring Land Use and Land Cover Changes: reconciling economic growth and nature conservation“ aims to provide a baseline knowledge on the concepts, methods, and tools for assessing the LULCC and their associated drivers using examples of study cases in Rio de Janeiro and other parts of the world. The Summer School aims to strengthen the links between the International scientific community, joining experienced and also young researchers, as well as promoting exchange between the academic and management sectors in Rio de Janeiro.
The Summer School will focus on:
• Assessment of drivers of land-use changes
• Land-use/ land-cover classification using machine learning methods
• Trajectory based change detection using could-based platforms

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