Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Applied Geoinformation Science

Land changes in Albania and Kosovo

Spatio-temporal monitoring and modeling of land changes in Albania and Kosovo


(German: Raum-zeitliche Erfassung und Modellierung von Landveränderungen in Albanien und Kosovo)

Albania and Kosovo face large and broad-scale changes in land use following the collapse of the socialist system. Little is known about the spatial patterns, the underlying causes and the impacts on the human environment system. This research in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO) focuses on land change processes in Albania and Kosovo on a regional scale. Land cover changes were derived from multitemporal remote-sensing analyses of Landsat data by means of support vector machines. Additional geodata is used to analyse the dynamics in land cover and land use. Different spatio-temporal modeling techniques are applied to explore the underlying determinants of past land changes and to assess the effects of likely future pathways. Besides country-wide analyses, one focus is on the rapidly developing metropolitan region of Tirana, Albania. Principal Investigators:

Tobia Lakes (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Daniel Müller (Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO))