The main objectives of the study are to quantify heterogeneity and change of the landscape structure in Jambi, with focus on the spatial variability of Harapan Rainforest, by remotely sensed data. Caused by the cloudy conditions in Indonesia, the use of radar data as TerraSAR-X, Sentinel-1 and ALOS PALSAR-2 is focused and will provide, in combination with optical data as RapidEye, Sentinel-2 as well as UAV imageries, a comprehensive basis and possibilities for analyses of landscape metrics and forest structural elements. Additionally, different variables on landscape elements and forest structure will be assessed on-site.
Furthermore, focusing on the remotely sensed data, the link between landscape composition and configuration on the one side and ecological and socio-economic functions on the other side should be assessed, considering different spatial scales.
Since the CRC included new plots of riparian sites, mapping of flooded areas should be achieved and used as additional information for ecological and socio-economic studies.
In combination, the results of the analysis of the remotely sensed and the field data will be used to indicate relationships and trade-offs between socio-economic and environmental services in the target transformation systems and provide recommendations on relevant scales for landscape pattern analyses and contribute to the identification of drivers of land transformation.