International projects


3DForEcoTech – Trojrozmerné monitorovanie lesných ekosystémov a ich lepšie porozumenie prostredníctvom pozemných technológií
Three-dimensional forest ecosystem monitoring and better understanding by terrestrial-based technologies
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Rusnák Miloš, PhD.
Annotation: Forest ecosystems across the world are facing high pressures due to climate changes. In many areas, they are in a transition to adopt the changes. However, many are damaged in this process. It is crucial to make forest ecosystems more resistant to face these challenges, through resilience strengthening and close-to-nature forestry. Implementing such approaches and monitoring their progress requires accurate knowledge about forest ecosystems that rely on a forest in situ data at high spatial and temporal resolution.Novel terrestrial-based technologies will play an important part to face these challenges. Such technologies have experienced a fast development in recent years. The forests can now be observed and monitored in a very high spatial and temporal resolution that was not possible even a few years ago. Researchers and practitioners are facing a unique opportunity to deepen the understanding of forest ecosystems and to change the forestry to adopt the climate, environment and industrial changes. Various research groups across EU and beyond are testing such technologies or developing processing algorithms for precision forestry and forest ecology. But further cooperation is strongly required.3DForEcoTech project aims to establish a strong network of scientists and stakeholders (i.e. practitioners) and sensor manufacturers to synchronise the knowledge, to develop general protocols and algorithms for forest ecosystem state survey and forest functioning, and to make these novel technologies available to a broad audience. Specifically, 3DForEcoTech will develop protocols for data acquisition, processing, fusion for forest inventory and ecological applications, and will establish open-data and open-source algorithm databases.
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Duration: 13.10.2021 – 12.10.2025
NOWCASTSAT – Spresnenie krátkodobej predpovede slnečného žiarenia na základe geostacionárnych satelitných údajov
Enhanced solar radiation nowcasting based on geostationary satellite data
Program: European Space Agency (ESA)
Project leader: Mgr. Rusnák Miloš, PhD.
Duration: 3.1.2022 – 2.7.2023
CONVERGES – Konverzia vedomostí na zlepšenie manažmentu európskych ripariálnych ekosystémov a služieb
Knowledge conversion for enhancing management of European riparian ecosystems and services
Program: COST
Project leader: Ing. Kidová Anna, PhD.
Annotation: Riparian ecosystems comprise the physical environment and biological communities that lay at the interface of freshwater and terrestrial systems. They are recognised as ecosystems that are highly diverse and contain specialist ecological communities, as well as providers of multiple ecosystem services. Recognizing of the importance of riparian ecosystems has resulted in much research within Europe. Despite this body of work and policy motivation, progress in improving the state of riparian ecosystems across Europe has been very limited. This is probably because of a misalignment of ‘frames’ (i.e. the ways in which individuals or organisations with different backgrounds, geographical origin, cultural contexts, or purpose, know and conceive of such complex systems). Specific issues related to the misalignment of frames between stakeholders in riparian research and management are the following ones: (i) the wide geographical dispersion and heterogeneity of current knowledge across EU Member States; (ii) a lack of effective communication and sharing of knowledge among scientists from different disciplines and from different countries; (iii) insufficient and problematic knowledge conversion and experiences from academics to managers/practitioners; (iv) a lack of suitable assessment tools that allow comparability between fluvial systems; (v) insufficient momentum behind the body of research to create effective coordinated action or policy creation at the level needed.
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Duration: 1.4.2019 – 8.5.2022
Hranice Poľska ako potenciál – medzi dedičstvom a produktom cestovného ruchu
Polish borders as a resource – between heritage and tourism product
Program: Bilaterálne – iné
Project leader: Mgr. Michniak Daniel, PhD.
Annotation: Traditionally borders were understood as barriers. In last few years we observe many new meanings of borders. One of them is new idea of borders as a resource. The project focuses on the production of heritage and tourist attraction related on Polish borders actual and former (relict borders).The research questions are defined as follows:(1) How are the border resources created and utilized for heritage and tourism development in the Polish border areas?(2) Which scalar dimensions of border resources, heritage and spatial identity are manifested at the tourist sites at will use to creation of tourism products(3) Where and why are borders a basis for tourism development? Which spatial form they create? (accidentally, as a single place of memory, line of memory, two sites cooperating between them, network of cooperation, region)? Are they function as growth pole for local or regional development?(4) How does the mobilization of different Actors on using border resources to tourism product creation safeguard or undermine the integrated approach in tourism development of border adjacent areas?(5) How and where borders are transformed into tourism products, which elements are used and how they function in reality, perception and virtual space (digital place)?
Duration: 1.9.2019 – 28.2.2022