Department of GIS, Cartography and Remote Sensing was founded on the 1st of July, 2007 in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management of the Jagiellonian University. This new unit was built from two formerly independent units (GIS Laboratory and Department of Cartography and Remote Sensing).
The team of the Department of GIS, Cartography and Remote Sensing carries out research, education and dissemination activities related to various aspects of applying geographic information technology in geography and environmental research. An important field of educational activities is the use of e-learning in teaching GIScience and geography.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Impact of Future Land Use Change on Large
Carnivores Connectivity in the Polish Carpathians
The analysis on how can future land use
impact the large carnovores connectivity was conducted
by dr Dominik Kaim and his collegues. The results
indicate that future land use change may be a positive
process, but the propoer land use planning is crucial.
D., Ziółkowska, E., Szwagrzyk, M., Price, B. and
Kozak, J., 2019. Impact of Future Land Use Change on
Large Carnivores Connectivity on the Polish
Carpathians. Land, 8(1), p.8.
Height of Successional Vegetation Indicates
Moment of Agricultural Land Abandonment
Height of vegetation on the abandoned land tell us, when
exactelly the abandonment has happened. It may be
importnat in defining the drivers standing behind the
Kolecka, N., 2018. Height of successional vegetation
indicates moment of agricultural land abandonment.
Remote Sensing, 10(10), p.1568.
Changes in land use will impact
the future flood risk
Directions of future land use
changes will impact future flood risk levels - an
analysis of three scenarios for the Ropa basin was
carried out by MSc Marcin Szwagrzyk with the team and
presented in the paper:
Szwagrzyk, M., Kaim, D., Price, B., Wypych, A., Grabska,
E. and Kozak, J., 2018.
Impact of forecasted land use changes on flood risk in
the Polish Carpathians. Natural Hazards,
The team of the Department takes part in the project
IRSEL (Innovation on Remote
Sensing Education and Learning), funded through
ERASMUS+ programme. The aim of the project is to develop
innovative set of educational materials in remote
sensing. More information on the consortium, goals, and
activities is available at the
vectorisation - how to obtain information from traditional
Obtaining information from
traditional map scans is usually time-consuming.
Therefore, methods of acquiring
content in an automatic manner open up new
possibilities. The team
under the direction of Dr. Ostafin carried out
successful attempts to develop such a method, on the
example of archival maps from Poland and Switzerland.
This study aimed to obtain accurate binary forest masks
which might be directly used in analysis of land cover
changes over large areas. A sequence of image processing
operations was conceived, parameterized and tested using
various topographic maps from mountain areas in Poland
and Switzerland. First, the input maps were filtered and
binarized by thresholding in Hue‐Saturation‐Value colour
space. The second step consisted of a set of
morphological image analysis procedures leading to final
forest masks. The forest masks were then assessed and
compared to manual forest boundary vectorization. The
Polish topographical map published in the 1930s showed
low accuracy which could be attributed to methods of
cartographic presentation used and degradation of
original colour prints. For maps published in the 1970s,
the automated forest extraction performed very well,
with accuracy exceeding 97%, comparable to accuracies of
manual vectorization of the same maps performed by
nontrained operators. With this method, we obtained a
forest cover mask for the entire area of the Polish
Carpathians, easily readable in any Geographic
Information System software.
Ostafin, K., Iwanowski, M., Kozak, J., Cacko, A., Gimmi,
U., Kaim, D., Psomas, A., Ginzler, C. and Ostapowicz,
Forest cover mask from historical topographic maps based
on image processing. Geoscience Data Journal,
New paper in the Lab
Recently a new paper on
future forest cover change in the Polish Carpathians and
Swiss Alps was published in the Lab.
The paper is available online:
Price B., Kaim D., Szwagrzyk M., Ostapowicz K., Kolecka
N., Schmatz D.R., Wypych A., Kozak J., available online,
Legacies, socio-economic and biophysical processes and
drivers: the case of future forest cover expansion in the
Polish Carpathians and Swiss Alps, Regional Environmental
MSc Award for Ewa Grabska
MSc Ewa Grabska recieved II Award in XXXII Polish Geographical Society MSc Award Contest. The title of the thesis is Assessment of Optical and Radar Data Fusion Techniques Used for Crop Classification.
The thesis was supervised by dr Katarzyna Ostapowicz.
New papers in the Lab
Two new papers have been recently published by Lab team. In the first one, MAUP problem is related to the Forest Transition Theory. The second paper analyse the movement of Brown Bear in the Polish Carpathians.
The papers are available online:
Kozak J., Szwagrzyk M., 2016, Have there been forest transitions? Forest transition theory revisited in the context of the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem, Area, DOI: 10.1111/area.12267
Ziółkowska E., Ostapowicz K., Radeloff V.C., Kuemmerle T., Sergiel A., Zwijacz-Kozica T., Zięba F., Śmietana W., Selva N., 2016, Assessing differences in connectivity based on habitat versus movement models for brown bears in the Carpathians, Landscape Ecology, DOI: 10.1007/s10980-016-0368-8
New papers in the Lab
New papers have just been published by the GIS Lab team. Dominik Kaim et al. have published the paper on broad scale historical forest cover reconstruction, while Elżbieta Ziółkowska et al. published a work on barriers in European Bison movement in the Carpathians.
The papers can be found at journal websites:
Kaim D., Kozak J., Kolecka N., Ziółkowska E., Ostafin K., Ostapowicz K., Gimmi U., Munteanu C., Radeloff V.C., 2016, Broad scale forest cover reconstruction from historical topographic maps, Applied Geography 67, 39-48.
Ziółkowska E., Perzanowski K., Bleyhl B., Ostapowicz K., Kuemmerle T., 2016, Understanding unexpected reintroduction outcomes: why do European bison do not colonize suitable habitat in the Carpathians? Biological Conservation 195, 106–117.
New paper on summer livestock farming in Chornohora, Ukrainian Carpathians
Paper on current situation of summer livestock farming in Chornohora has been just published in Mountain Research and Development. The authors – Agata Warchalska-Troll and Mateusz Troll give an interesting overview of adaptation strategies and organizational forms of animal husbandry in the highest range of the Ukrainian Carpathians. The paper is now available online.
Krakow GIS Day 2014
This year we met in Pedagogical University of Krakow. Interesting presentations, GPS games and much more could be found there on Wednesday 19 November. To check, how did it look like, please consult the profile https://www.facebook.com/KrakowskiGisDay.
Thank you for celebrating with us!
New paper on forest dynamics in the Carpathians
Paper is focused on the forest dynamics between 1985 and 2010 in the Carpathians. Analysis is based on Landsat data. Work was prepared by scientist from many countries and among them dr Katarzyna Ostapowicz from our Department. Publication is available on the journal website.
New publication in the Departent - "Assessment of the Accuracy of SRTM C- and X-Band High Mountain Elevation Data: a Case Study of the Polish Tatra Mountains"
This time about SRTM models, their quality and differences - by dr Natalia Kolecka and prof. Jacek Kozak. The paper can be found at the journal website.
The doctoral dissertation defense
The final defense for a doctoral dissertation of MSc Dominik Kaim took place in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management. The title of the dissertation was "Assessment of land cover changes in the Polish Carpathians with ground-based repeat photography".
TAT and SCERIN Workshops 2014
Two important remote sensing workshops were co-organised (together with Charles University, Prague) by the department staff in June in Krakow - Trans-Atlatnic Training (TAT) Land Use/Land Cover Change and Ecosystem Processes and South Central and Eastern European Regional Information Network (SCERIN) - Current LCLUC challenges in SCERIN: Addressing Ecosystem Function and Processes. Both meetings were a great chance to extent knowledge and to meet leading remote-sensing specialist working in EU and USA.
Joint Polish-German student field course in Bieszczady
Week of intensive field work, nice views and interesting scientific results – that is how joint Krakow-Berlin geography students' field course looked like.
Forum Carpaticum 2014
We would like to inform that the workshop proposals, side events proposals as well as the abstracts of 3rd Forum Carpaticum should be sent to the organisers till February 28, 2014.
The 3rd Forum Carpaticum will be held in Lviv, Ukraine in September 16-19, 2014. More details can be found at www.forumcarpaticum.org
Krakow GIS Day
Artistic instalation, 2 exhibitions, 5 universities and 1 scientific institute, 7 workshops, 7 student associations, nearly 12 hours of the attractions, 12 firms, hundreds of participants and many more ideas for next years – this is an appropriate way to sum up our GIS day celebration. The Golbe - official symbol of the event was forwarded to the Institute of Geography, Pedagogical University of Cracow, where the next year celebration will take place.
More details can be found at http://www.facebook.com/KrakowskiGisDay
Award for Ewa Grabska
We are very happy to announce that our student Ewa Grabska has been awarded in the Stanisław Estreicher scholarship!
Department field trip - Chornochora 2014
We spent the end of August and the beginning of September in Chronochora Mts on department field trip. That exceptional place has been a topic of our studies for many years.
M.Sc. Anna Wójtowicz-Nowakowska awarded in Doctus project
Our colleague Anna Wójtowicz-Nowakowska awarded once again! This time her research has been found as the one that can contribute to the development of the strategic areas of the Malopolska Region.
The research topic is focused on the detection of impervious surface areas and its changes with remote sensing data.
FORECOM Opening Conference
The Opening Conference of the FORECOM project (FORECOM: Forest cover changes in mountainous regions – drivers, trajectories and implications) took place between 6-8 March 2013, at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management of the Jagiellonian University.
More details on the project and the Opening Conference can be found at:
M.Sc. Anna Wójtowicz-Nowakowska awarded in the Anna Pasek Scientific Grant Program
We are very happy to announce that our colleague Anna Wójtowicz-Nowakowska has been awarded in the Anna Pasek Scientific Grant Program. Program is dedicated to PhD students at Polish academic institutions, who study any scientific field using GIS tools and techniques and remote sensing. Additionally, applicants should demonstrate the practical relevance of their research.
The science in the media
We are pleased to announce that the research, we are currently working on, has been noticed in regional media. The text about the FORECOM project (focused on forest cover changes in mountain areas) has been published in Dziennik Polski.
Award for M.Sc. Elżbieta Ziółkowska
Our colleague, M.Sc. Elżbieta Ziółkowska was awarded the prize for the best PhD student in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University in 2012.
The doctoral dissertation defense
The final defense for a doctoral dissertation of MSE Natalia Kolecka took place in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management. The title of the dissertation was "Digital terrain modeling of steep slopes based on laser scanning and photogrammetry".
Krakow GISDay 2012
Workshops, exhibitions, technical and educational sessions and what's the most important – a lot of participants – that is how we can shortly summarize Krakow GISDay 2012. This time, the main organizer of the joint Krakow celebration was Geomatics Lab, Faculty of Forestry, University of Agriculture in Krakow.
Photos are available at http://geo.ur.krakow.pl/gisday/ and one example, taken by robokopter can be seen below:
UNIGIS International Academic Excellence Prize 2012
Congratulations to our graduate – dr Agnieszka Wypych – for winning third prize in the UNIGIS International Academic Excellence Prize 2012.
The thesis Spatial modelling of climatic water balance using GIS was supervised by dr Katarzyna Ostapowicz.
Please find more at http://unigis.blogspot.com/2012/10/unigis-academic-excellence-prize-2012.html
Minister of Science Award for young, outstanding researchers
Dr Katarzyna Ostapowicz has been rewarded with the Minister of Science Award for the young, outstanding researchers. Out of 811 proposals, 171 were finally granted.
"GIS in High Tatras" summer school
Between 3 and 13 September 2012, GIS summer school in the Tatra National Park took place. Initiative was organized by the Centre for GIS, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, University of Gdańsk, in cooperation with the Department of GIS, Cartography and Remote Sensing, Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Mining Surveying and Environmental Engineering, AGH University of Science and Technology and ESRI Poland.
Research which was conducted in the upper part of Rybi Potok Valley aimed at:
- determination the formation of the bottom of the lake to compare it with other existing materials
- determination the course of quasi-geoid
- performation three-dimensional numerical models of rock climbing walls and its realistic visualization.
Four representatives of the Jagiellonian University – PhD student Natalia Kolecka and three other MSc students: Agata Prociak, Mateusz Chmiel and Przemysław Stuglik, in spite of variable mountain weather managed to take photogrammetric pictures and GPS measurements. The results of their work will be used to create three-dimensional models of popular climbing walls. After coming back from picturesque study area, young scientists work on the data on the university campus. The results are expected soon.
The summer school was co-financed by IGSM JU and the Foundation of Jagiellonian University Students and Graduates “Bratniak”.
Integration of categorical- and gradient-based approaches in landscape fragmentation and connectivity modelling using geographic information science and technology
Landscape spatial structure analysis and modelling are crucial for understanding the underlying ecological processes and their dynamics. Most of quantitative methods which are used in modern landscape ecology to quantify landscape spatial structure and to assess landscape/habitat fragmentation and connectivity, are based on categorical (discrete) representation of landscape heterogeneity (mainly patch-based models). However, categorization (which is often subjective) obscures all internal heterogeneity of discrete landscape structures and could lead to losses of important ecological information. The aim of a project which has just been started in the Department of GIS, Cartography and RS is to develop new approaches allowing integration categorical- and gradient-based landscape models for more accurate representation of landscape structure (Landscape Integrated Models - LIM) and based on that - a comprehensive description (quantitative and qualitative) of landscape/habitat fragmentation and connectivity. Within the project a collection of new methods and metrics allowing for better assessment of landscape/habitat fragmentation and connectivity will be developed.
The research will continue until 2015. Project budget is 470 541 PLN. More details will be available at the project website soon. The project is financed by the National Science Centre.
Fulbright Senior Advanced Research Awards
Congratulations! Dr Katarzyna Ostapowicz has been rewarded with the Fulbright Senior Advanced Research Award (SENIORS – postdoctoral category). Awards are addressed to Polish citizens with an on-going appointment at an institution of higher education or a research institution in Poland who plan advanced research in the U.S.
She will be carried out her research project: "Multi-scale approach for detecting and assessing land abandonment and forest regeneration in mountains areas using remote sensing" at the University Wisconsin-Madison in team of prof. Volker C. Radeloff (Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Spatial Analysis for Conservation and Sustainability - SILVIS Lab).
FORECOM: Forest cover changes in mountainous regions - drivers, trajectories and implications
How and to what extent land use and climate change, taking place in the last 150 years will influence the changes in forest cover, biodiversity and carbon sequestration in the future? Are these processes similar in nature in the Swiss Alps and the Polish Carpathians?
To answer these questions Department of GIS, Cartography and Remote Sensing and Department of Climatology together with the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL has just started FORECOM Project. Integrated forecasting models will be built upon information derived from archival maps, aerial photos, satellite images and laser scanning data. Joint research will continue until 2016. Project budget is 2 150 562,20 PLN (approx. 615 000 CHF).
More details available soon at the project website.
The project is financed by Switzerland in the Swiss Cooperation Programme of the new member states of the European Union.
Best Master's Thesis Award
Congratulations to our graduate – MSc Slawomir Mleczko for winning third prize in the Best Master's Thesis Award of Polish Geographical Society. The thesis Delimitation of the potential ski areas in the Beskid Sadecki Mts. using GIS was supervised by Prof. Jacek Kozak.
Forum Carpaticum 2012
We invite you to take part in the 2nd Forum Carpaticum "From data to knowledge, from knowledge to action", which will be held on 30.05 - 2.06 in Stara Lesna, Slovakia.
The Forum Carpaticum is an open meeting of the Science for the Carpathians (S4C) initiative. Including a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines from both, the natural and social sciences, as well as practical knowledge, the Forum Carpaticum is an attempt to integrate different fields of expertise to generate value for the Carpathian mountain region.
More information on: www.forumcarpaticum.org
The Forum Carpaticum 2012 is financially supported by the Visegrad Fund
Habitat connectivity of European Bison in the Carpathians - bringing together subpopulations of an almost extinct species
The European bison (Bison bonasus) was almost extinct in the 20th century, the last wild bison was poached in 1927 and only 54 individuals survived in captivity. Nowadays the total population has recovered to more than 4200 individuals across Europe, 2600 of them in the wild.
In the Carpathians European bison was reintroduced in the 1960s and 1970s and now we have in this region around 350 of individuals, in five free-ranging herds. However, conservation success will depend on substantially enlarging existing herds, and their home ranges, and ensuring connectivity among them. In this study we combine habitat suitability modelling, least-cost analysis and graph theory to identify areas suitable for bison reintroductions, and habitat patches that are crucial for connecting existing bison herds.
The results of our work can be found in the paper "Potential habitat connectivity of European bison (Bison bonasus) in the Carpathians" (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.12.017).
Mountain.TRIP: Transforming Research Into Practice Final Conference
The Mountain.TRIP final conference "Looking up, reaching out - new horizons in communicating mountain research" was held on the 17 November 2011 in Brussels. During the two years of Mountain.TRIP, we have identified EU-funded mountain research, which might be relevant for practitioners. On that basis we have developed and tested various communication products which can serve a better knowledge exchange between science and practice in European mountains. To get know more about Mountain.TRIP please visit www.mountaintrip.eu.
Krakow GISDay celebration
"Searching for water ..." - was the motto of the 3rd Krakow GIS Day this year. The event, which took place at Cracow University of Technology, was addressed to students as well as primary and secondary school pupils. As every year, the workshops were especially interesting for the participants. This time the workshops were prepared by students' associations. More details can be found at gisday.pk.edu.pl.
ESA ADVANCED TRAINING COURSE IN LAND REMOTE SENSING
International remote sensing training has been organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Department of GIS, Cartography and Remote Sensing, IG&SM, UJ in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, UJ between 12 and 16 September 2011.
55 PhD students, post - doctoral researches and users from European countries and Canada interested in land remote sensing joined this training. The participants attended in lectures and practical classes carried out by the international group of specialists, scientists and practitioners, dealing with issues relating to optical, thermal and SAR remote sensing.
More information at earth.eo.esa.int/trainingcourses/LandTrainingCourse2011
Mountain.TRIP: Regional Workshop
Mountain.TRIP Regional Workshop "Knowledge on Sustainable Development: Transfer Between Mountain Areas" took place in Krakow. The aim of the workshop was to evaluate the communication products elaborated withing the project. More details about the workshop and products can be found at http://www.mountaintrip.eu/
The doctoral dissertation defense
The final defense for a doctoral dissertation of MSc Andrzej Kotabra took place in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management. The title of the dissertation was "Evaluation of MODIS data as
a source for a cloud amount estimation".
The 3rd ESA advanced training course on land remote sensing will be held in our Institute from 12 to 16 September 2011.
Ph.D. students, post-doctoral, research scientists and users from Europe and Canada interested in land remote sensing applications are invited to apply to attend the 5 day advanced training course on the subject. Information about the course, the programme, the teaching team and the application form are available on line at the following web address:-
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2011.
MSc semminar presentation by Mr. Said Nawar
During the last MSc seminar Mr. Said Nawar, a new scholar of Egyptian government scholarship in the GIS Lab, has presented results of his MSc thesis.
Said Nawar is a PhD student in Soil Science Department, Suez Canal University in Ismailia, Egypt. His research interests focus on issues related to GIS, remote sensing and digital soil mapping (DSM).
2nd Krakow GIS Day
This year we met on AGH - as the program was very rich, we could choose among interesting lectures, workshops and field exercises. The total numer of participant was estimated on 1000! Many thanks to the organizers and see you next year - this time on the Cracow University of Technology!
During the last weekend the UNIGIS Workshop for intake 2010 took place. That edition of UNIGIS studies is supported by Polish Agency for Enterprise Development within the European Programme Human Capital.
Among lectures and practical exercises the participants were scanned by laser scanner.
The results available below.
1st Forum Carpaticum - Integrating Nature and Society towards sustainability
The challenge of sustainability - as an integration of nature and society - raises numerous theoretical, methodological and empirical questions. The first Forum Carpaticum attempted to highlight various aspects of these issues and answer the related questions, in the Carpathian region.
See more details at www.forumcarpaticum.org
The map of the Chornohora
A new map of the Chornohora Range in the Ukrainian Carpathians was published. Map is the result of longtime project managed by Wojciech Krukar (PWSZ Krosno) and Mateusz Troll (IGiGP UJ). The reviewers of the publication were prof. Janusz Gołaski and prof. Janusz Gudowski, consultant from Ukrainian side was Jurij Nesteruk (Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians, The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Lviv). Digital version of this map is available at KARPATY.TRAVEL.PL, and the paper one can be obtained from WYDAWNICTWO RUTHENUS
The mountain.TRIP project aims to transfer research findings on sustainable mountain
development into practice and to address the gap between the available scientific information and
the information needs of practitioners in mountain regions. The project is funded by the European
For more information on the project, please see www.mountaintrip.org.
Please support mountain.TRIP by filling in the ONLINE SURVEY
It is available in ENGLISH, GERMAN, POLISH, ROMANIAN and SPANISH
Science for the Carpathians (S4C) Workshop Report - from the first S4C Strategy Development and Networking Workshop, Kraków, Poland (27-28 May 2008) a comprehensive report comprising background information, abstracts from presentations and posters, and results from the thematic working groups is now available at: http://mri.scnatweb.ch/dmdocuments/S4C_workshop_report.pdf
4-5 September - 1st official department field trip on Babia Góra took place!
On 27 and 28th of May 2008 a scientific workshop "Science for the Carpathians (S4C), Strategy Development and Networking Workshop" took place in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management in Kraków.
Dodatkowe informacje: http://mri.scnatweb.ch/content/view/220/51/
16 maja 2008 odbyło się seminarium poświęcone upowszechnieniu wyników warsztatów "Train the Trainer (TTT)", które miały miejsce w Zagrzebiu, w dniach 28 stycznia - 1 lutego 2008 r. Warsztaty TTT zostały zorganizowane w ramach projektu TEMPUS "Geographic Information Science and Technology in Croatian Higher Education", [GIST-CroHE], CD_JEP-41174-2006(HR). Seminarium przeprowadzone w IGiGP UJ 16 maja miało upowszechnić wyniki szkolenia wśród zainteresowanych pracowników Instytutu.
Przedstawiono następujące referaty:
1. Teorie pedagogiczne w nauczaniu online (A. Szablowska-Midor)
2. Zasady tworzenia kursów online (K. Ostapowicz i I. Sitko)
3. Zasady nauczania w ramach kursu online (M. Luc i N. Lis)
W dniu 14 maja odbyło się seminarium pt. "Badania zmian użytkowania ziemi z wykorzystaniem metod fotointerpretacji i GIS", na którym zostały zaprezentowane wyniki prac wykonanych w ramach kursu "Praktyka specjalizacyjna GIS". Program seminarium.
W dniach 27-28 maja w Instytucie odbędzie się konferencja:
Science for the Carpathians: S4C
Strategy Development and Networking Workshop
Kraków, Poland, 27-28 May 2008
Więcej informacji: http://mri.scnatweb.ch
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