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to the Homepage of the joint project SPACES2 'South Africa Land Degradation Monitor (SALDi)'. The project develops new approaches for the spatially explicit detection of land degradation in South Africa. The project is funded by the BMBF.
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SALDi: Activities

Gully erosion in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
SALDi @ vEGU2021 (2021-03-04)
SALDi Team members successfully organized a session on land...
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SALDi Field Trip and Travel Blog
Follow us on the SALDi Field Work Blog (Editor: M. Urban)

SALDi: Public relations and news

Harald Kunstmann
SALDi subproject PI, Prof. H. Kunstmann, receives the Rüdiger Kurt...
Prof. H. Kunstmann receives Water Resources Prize 2021
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SPACES II Midterm Meeting (MTM) on Oct., 21, 2020
Follow the link to the MTM homepage @ Thünen Institute
Rainfall simulation Vienis
SALDi Field Campaign III
The 3rd SALDi field work campaign is scheduled from March to mid...
Rainfall simulation test at Dornburg
SALDi Field Campaign II
The 2nd SALDi field campaign takes place from September to...
TLS-Vermessung von Tiefenlinienerosion
SALDi Field Campaign I
The 1st SALDi field campaign takes place from 14.3. to 6.4.2019 and...
SALDi Kick-off Meeting Group 20190311
SALDi Kick-off, March 2019
The SALDi Kick-off took place in Pretoria at the Agricultural...
Presentation of J. Baade at SSNM 2019 in Skukuza
SALDi @ SSNM, March 2019
SALDi project is presented from March 3 - 7, 2019 at the Savanna...
Massive Zerschneidung landwirtschaftlicher Flächen durch Tiefenlinienerosion
Loss of land and soil erosion in view
FSU Jena press release on the start of the project
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Dec. 2018: 4th South African Global Change Conference (external)
Press Release of the DLR Project Management Organisation 2019-01-

SALDi Publications and conference contributions

SALDi publications Show content

2021

  • in progress 

2020

  • Baade, J & C Schmullius (2020): Local Validation and Comparison of Global Digital Elevation Models using a Large Assembly of GNSS Ground Measurements. - 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Proceedings, IGARSS 2020, Proceedings, 5222-5225. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS39084.2020.9324695   
  • Berger, C, H Lux, M Urban, C Schmullius, J Baade, C Thiel, C Wigley-Coetsee & I Smit (2020): Annual Grass Biomass Mapping with Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 Data over Kruger National Park. - 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2020, Proceedings, 4323-4326. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS39084.2020.9324413
  • Ndyamboti, K, J du Toit, J Baade, A Kaiser, M Urban, C Schmullius, C Thiel, C Berger (2020): A multi-scale remote sensing approach to understanding vegetation dynamics in the Nama Karoo-Grassland ecotone of South Africa. - 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2020, Proceedings, 4501-4504. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS39084.2020.9323460
  • Schmullius, C, M Urban, A Hirner, C Berger, K Schellenberg, A Ramoelo, I Smit, T Strydom, G Chirima, T Morgenthal, B Melly, U Gessner & J Baade (2020): Earth Observation Strategies for Degradation Monitoring in South Africa with the Sentinels - Results from the SPACES II SALDi-Project. - 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2020, Proceedings, 4783-4786. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS39084.2020.932361
  • Urban, M., K. Heckel, C. Berger, P. Schratz, I. P. J. Smit, T. Strydom, J. Baade & C. Schmullius (2020a): Woody Cover Mapping in the Savanna Ecosystem of the Kruger National Park Using Sentinel-1 Time Series and LiDAR Data. [datasets and workflows] - Zenodo. [doi:10.5281/zenodo.3728185 / available online: 2020-03-26, Open Access, Link to data repository]
  • Urban, M., K. Heckel, C. Berger, P. Schratz, I. P. J. Smit, T. Strydom, J. Baade & C. Schmullius (2020b): Woody Cover Mapping in the Savanna Ecosystem of the Kruger National Park Using Sentinel-1 Time Series Data. - Koedoe, 62(1), a1621.
    https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v62i1.1621

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SALDi conference contributions Show content
SPACES EMSAfrica & SALDi contributors @ SSNM 2019 in Skukuza, KNP, South Africa SPACES EMSAfrica & SALDi contributors @ SSNM 2019 in Skukuza, KNP, South Africa Image: SALDi 2020

2021 (submitted)

2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, July 11 - 16 2021, Brussels, Belgium

  • Urban, M. A. Hirner, J. Ziemer, M. M. Mueller, U. Gessner, J. Baade, B. Mogonong, T. Morgenthal, G. Feig, A. Ramoelo, K. Heckel, H. S. Nghiyalwa & C. Schmullius (subm.): SENTINEL-1 AND SENTINEL-2 TIME SERIES BREAKPOINT DETECTION AS PART OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN LAND DEGRADATION MONITOR (SALDI). 

European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly 2021, 25 - 30 April, 2021, Vienna, Austria.

  • Session ITS2.9/SSS3: Land degradation in savanna environments - assessments, dynamics and implications
    | Virtual PICOConvener: Jussi Baade, Co-conveners: Jay J. Le Roux, Theunis Morgenthal, Hilma Nangula Nghiyalwa
  • Baade, J., Le Roux, J. J., Morgenthal, T., and Nghiyalwa, H. S. (2021): Land degradation in savanna environments - assessments, dynamics and implications, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-15264, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-15264
  • Baade, J., Schmullius, C., Urban, M., Kunstmann, H., Laux, P., Zhang, Z., Glotzbach, C., Gessner, U., Hirner, A., Kluter, P., Otte, I., Aucamp, I., Chirima, G., Abd Elbasit, M., Morgenthal, T., Smit, I., Strydom, T., Le Roux, J. J., von Maltitz, G., and Msibe, T. (2021): South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDI) – An overview of recent advancements, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-12808. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-12808
  • Otte, I., Mashiyi, N., Kluter, P., Hill, S., Hirner, A., Eberle, J., Urban, M., Mlisa, A., Kganyago, M., Schwinger, M., Gessner, U., Schmullius, C., and Baade, J. (2021): Development of earth observation data cubes for monitoring land degradation processes in South Africa, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-14349. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-14349
  • Schmullius, C., Urban, M., Heckel, K., Nghiyalwa, H. S., Hirner, A., Gessner, U., Ramoelo, A., Smit, I., Strydom, T., Chirima, G., Morgenthal, T., Feig, G., Mashiyi, N., Mlisa, A., and Baade, J. (2021): Earth Observation Strategies for degradation monitoring in South Africa with Sentinels – Results from the SPACES 2 SALDi-project , EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-15198. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-15198
  • Urban, M., Schellenberg, K., Morgenthal, T., Dubois, C., Hirner, A., Gessner, U., Zhang, Z., Mogonong, B., Baade, J., and Schmullius, C. (2021): Using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 Time Series for Slangbos Encroachment Mapping in the Free State Province, South Africa, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-3004, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-3004
  • Zhang, Z., Laux, P., Arnault, J., Wei, J., Baade, J., Urban, M., and Kunstmann, H. (2021): Evaluating the role of soil physical properties on simulated land-atmosphere interactions over South Africa using coupled atmosphere-hydrological modeling, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-9418. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-9418

Savanna Science Network Meeting 2021, 7 - 11 March 2021, Skukuza, Mpumalanga, South Africa (canceled on 2021-02-03)

  • Baade, J, A Kaiser, C Schmullius, C Thau, M Urban, TP Muumbe, HN Nghiyalwa, K Ndyamboti, U Gessner, A Hirner, IPJ Smit & T Strydom, T. (sub.): In situ Measurements on Land Surface Dynamics in Pristine Environments – CO-LD-EMS Second Years Activities.
  • Muumbe, TP, C Thau, M Urban, J Baade, T Strydom & C Schmullius, C (sub): Comparison of Tree Volume Reconstruction Algorithms to estimate Above Ground Biomass of Savanna Vegetation from TLS Point Clouds. (in cooperation with EMSAfrica)
  • Nghiyalwa HS,  M Urban , J Henschel, H van der Merwe, G Feig,  J Baade & C Schmullius (sub.): Multi-temporal metrics from Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 to analyse mixed pixel in a savanna biome.
  • Ndyamboti, KS, J du Toit, A Kaiser, C Thau, M Urban, J Baade & C Schmullius (sub): Ultra-high spatial resolution UAV data as an alternative to field-data collection for upscaling savanna woody fractional vegetation cover in the Bushbuckridge area using Sentinel 1/2 data. (in cooperation with EMSAfrica).
  • Urban, M, K Heckel, J Baade, T Strydom, A Hirner, I P J Smit, U Gessner & C Schmullius (sub.): Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Surface Moisture and Vegetation Dynamics using Sentinel-1 & Sentinel-2 time series for the southern Kruger National Park and surrounding areas.

2020

SPACES II Virtual Midterm Meeting, 21 Oct. 2020

  • Baade, J on behalf of SALDi Consortium (2020): SALDi – South African Land Degradation Monitor Joint Project Status Report 2018-2020. (Oral presentation).
  • Baade, J, A Kaiser, M Geissler, C Schmullius, M Urban, H Kunstmann, P Laux, Z Zhang, C Glotzbach, U Gessner, A Hirner, H Asamer, I Aucamp, G Chirima, M Abd Elbasit, I Smit, T Strydom, A van Niekerk, J le Roux, M Cho, G von Maltitz, T Msibe, E Hahndiek, B Melly, T Morgenthal (2020): South African Land Degradation Monitor — A project overview. (Download Poster) [pdf, 3 mb] 
  • The SALDi Consortium Team Members (2020): SALDi – South African Land Degradation Monitor Project Status Report 2018-2020. Additional material. (Download pdf-document, 9 MB) [pdf, 9 mb] de

2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 26 Sep. - 2 Oct. 2020, Virtual Symposium
           (for extended abstracts see our publication list above)

  • Baade, J & C Schmullius (2020): Local Validation and Comparison of Global Digital Elevation Models using a Large Assembly of GNSS Ground Measurements.
  • Berger, C, H Lux, M Urban, C Schmullius, J Baade, C Thiel, C Wigley-Coetsee & I Smit (2020): Annual Grass Biomass Mapping with Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 Data over Kruger National Park.
  • Ndyamboti, K, J du Toit, J Baade, A Kaiser, M Urban, C Schmullius, C Thiel, C Berger (2020): A multi-scale remote sensing approach to understanding vegetation dynamics in the Nama Karoo-Grassland ecotone of South Africa.
  • Schmullius, C, M Urban, A Hirner, C Berger, K Schellenberg, A Ramoelo, I Smit, T Strydom, G Chirima, T Morgenthal, B Melly, U Gessner & J Baade (2020): Earth Observation Strategies for Degradation Monitoring in South Africa with the Sentinels - Results from the SPACES II SALDi-Project.

European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly 2020. EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online at a glance, 4 - 8 May 2020, Virtual Symposium

  • Baade, J, A Kaiser, M Geissler, C Schmullius, M Urban, H Kunstmann, P Laux, Z Zhang, C Glotzbach, U Gessner, A Hirner, H Asamer, I Aucamp, G Chirima, M Elbasit, I Smit, T Strydom, A van Niekerk, J le Roux, M A Cho, G von Maltitz & T Msibe (2020): South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDI) – A German - South African SPACES collaboration to advance land degradation assessments. link to EGU2020-21870_presentation.pdf
  • Kaiser, A, M Geissler, J le Roux, M Stander, G van Zijl & J Baade (2020): Simulating heavy rainfall events for parameterizing a first application of the physically based soil erosion model EROSION3D in South Africa. link to EGU2020-18155_presentation.pdf
  • Zhang, Z, J Arnault, P Laux, J Baade & H Kunstmann (2020): Assessing the interactions of atmosphere and land surface over South Africa with convective-permitting coupled atmospheric-hydrological modeling. link to EGU2020-17772_presentation.pdf

Savanna Science Network Meeting 2020, 2 - 6 March 2020, Skukuza, Mpumalanga, South Africa

  • Baade, J, A Kaiser, M Geißler, C Schmullius, C Berger, M Urban, U Gessner, A Hirner, H Asamer, C Glotzbach, I P J Smit & T Strydom (2020): In situ Measurements on Land Surface Dynamics in Pristine Environments – CO-LD-EMS First Years Activities.
  • Geißler, M, H Cawthra, A Kaiser, G Daut & J Baade (2020): The connection between land use change and catchment scale soil erosion derived from reservoir siltation data across South Africa.
  • Kaiser, A, M Geißler, T Strydom & J Baade (2020): Rainfall and runoff experiments to learn about the erodibility of soils within the southern part of Kruger National Park, South Africa.
  • Schmullius, C, C Berger, M Urban, A Hirner, H Asamer, U Gessner, J Baade, A Kaiser, A Ramoelo, I P J Smit & T Strydom (2020): Earth Observation Strategies for Land Surface Dynamics in Pristine Environments - CO-LD-EMS 1st-Year Activities and Findings from Sentinel-1 and -2 Time-Series since 2015.
  • Urban, M, C Berger, K Heckel, J Baade, T Strydom, I P J Smit & C Schmullius (2020): Surface Moisture Monitoring using Sentinel-1 time series information and in situ data as part of the South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDi).

2019

Future Perspectives of Earth Observation, 2nd Symposium on applied Earth Observation Methods, 12 - 13 Nov. 2019, Cologne, Deutschland

  • Baade, J, A Kaiser, M Geißler, C Schmullius, M Urban, H Kunstmann, P Laux, Z Zhang, C Glotzbach, U Gessner, A Hirner, H Asamer, I Aucamp, G Chirima, MAM Abd Elbasit, I Smit, T Strydom, A van Niekerk, J Le Roux, MA Cho, G von Maltitz, T Msibe, E Hahndiek & B Melly (2019): South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDI) – A new German - South African SPACES collaboration to advance land degradation assessments.
  • Urban, M, C Schmullius, K Heckel, C Berger, F Cremer, W Lück, T Strydom, IPJ Smit, B Melly & J Baade (2019): Monitoring Surface Moisture Dynamics as Part of a South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDi), Future Perspectives of Earth Observation,

2019 Biennial Conference of the Southern African Association of Geomorphologists (SAAG), 16 - 17 Sep. 2019, Chintsa, Eastern Cape, South Africa

  • Baade, J, A Kaiser, M Geißler, C Schmullius, M Urban, H Kunstmann, P Laux, C Glotzbach, U Gessner, A Hirner, H Asamer, I Aucamp, G Chirima, M A M Abd Elbasit, I Smit, T Strydom, A van Niekerk, J Le Roux, M A Cho, G von Maltitz, T Msibe & E Hahndiek (2019): South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDI) – A new German - South African SPACES collaboration to advance land degradation assessments. 
  • Geißler, M, G Daut, H Cawthra, A Kaiser & J Baade (2019): Reservoir siltation surveys as proxy for catchment scale soil erosion estimations.
  • Reinwarth, B., E S Ridell, R Petersen, C. Glotzbach, J le Roux & J Baade (2019): Reservoir siltation, contemporary erosion and longer term denudation in Kruger National Park – Final results. 
  • Kaiser, A, M Geißler, M Stander, J le Roux, G van Zijl & J Baade (2019): First experiences with a physically-based erosion modelling approach in South African catchments using EROSION 3D.

ESA Living Planet Symposium, 13 - 17 May 2019, Milano, Italy

  • Heckel, K, M Urban, J S Bouffard, W Lück, M Norris-Rogers, C Berger & C Schmullius (2019): Creation of a very high-resolution Digital Surface Model of the Kruger National Park from CDNGI aerial imagery using PCI GXL.  
  • Schmullius, C, U Gessner, J Baade, C Berger, M Urban, G Chirima & I P J Smit (2019): SALDI-EMSAfrica-COLDEMS: A Cooperative Remote Sensing Project between German and South African Partners. 
  • Urban, M, C Berger, K Heckel, P Schratz & C Schmullius (2019): Woody Cover Classification in the Savanna Ecosystem of the Kruger National Park Using Sentinel-1 Time Series.
  • Urban, M, C Berger, T E Mudau, K Heckel, T Strydom, I P J Smit, J Baade & C Schmullius (2019): Surface Moisture Monitoring as part of a South African Degradation Monitor (SALDi) – early results.

Savanna Science Network Meeting 2019, 3 - 7 Mar. 2019, Skukuza, Mpumalanga, South Africa

  • Baade, J, C Schmullius, C Berger, U Gessner, C Glotzbach & T Strydom (2019): CO-LD-EMS – Remote sensing and Ground Truthing of Land Surface Dynamics in Pristine Environments – An Introduction.  
  • Baade, J, C Schmullius, H Kunstmann, P Laux, C Glotzbach, U Gessner, I Aucamp, G Chirima, M Elbasit, I Smit, T Strydom, A van Niekerk, J Kemp, J Le Roux, R Mathieu & T Msibe (2019): South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDI) – A new SPACES collaboration to advance land degradation assessments.

2018

4th National Conference on Global Change, 3 - 6 Dec. 2018, Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa

  • Baade, J, C Schmullius, H Kunstmann, P Laux, C Glotzbach, U Gessner, I Aucamp, G Chirima, M Elbasit, I Smit, T Strydom, A van Niekerk, J Kemp, J le Roux, R Mathieu & T Msibe (2018): South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDI) – A new German – South African SPACES collaboration to advance land degradation assessments.
Report on SALDi in the Magazin Quest (2019) Show content

The SALDi project was covered in a feature in the South African science magazine Quest, published by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF), in the issue 15/2 (2019) on pages 20ff. As the link to the magazine just provides a download option, we provide direct access to the feature on SALDi [pdf, 525 kb] de here. 

Baade et al. (2019) (extended abstract) Show content

This link provides access to an extended abstract [pdf, 227 kb] submitted to the Proceedings of the 4th National Conference on Global Change in Polokwane, South Africa, in December 2019.

SPACES II Newsletter Show content
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Following the link 'Learn more' provides you access to the homepage of Thünen Institute with the collection of the SPACES II Newsletters.

SPACES II Brochure (in draft) Show content

Following the link 'Learn more' provides you access to the homepage of Thünen Institute with the SPACES II Brochure (updated: 2021-03-04: draft).

SALDi is one of the terrestrial SPACES (Science Partnership for the Adaptation to Complex Earth System Processes in Southern Africa​) collaborative projects funded by the BMBF via the DLR project management agency. Our project partners are:

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@ Uni Göttingen

SALDi Coordinator's Contact

Jussi Baade, PD Dr
SALDi Koordinator
Portrait Dr. J. Baade
Phone
+49 3641 9-48803
Fax
+49 3641 9-48812
Room 206
Löbdergraben 32
07743 Jena
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