Hinrich Paulsen

Hinrich is co-founder of the companies terrestris and mundialis from
Bonn, Germany. His expertise is in business development, business
administration and HR. For the past 3 years he has been working
intensely on projects in support of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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HERMOSA: Supporting the UN decade on ecosystem restoration utilizing geo- and earth observation technologies
Till Adams, Hinrich Paulsen

The United Nations declared 2021 to 2030 as Decade on Ecosystem Restoration [Verlinken: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/ ] in the hope of being able to avert the worst effects and limit the heating of the planet to 1.5 °C in comparison to pre-industrial times.

The companies mundialis and terrestris from Bonn, Germany are developing a digital, internet based platform supporting urgently needed ecosystem restoration efforts by utilizing geo- and earth observation technologies. The project is financed by the European Space Agency (ESA). The platform is called HERMOSA, an acronym for Holistic Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring, repOrting, Sharing and mArketplace. From a technical point of view, the platform makes use of SHOGun, an Open Source WebGIS framework that uses react-geo and OpenLayers on the clientside, and GeoServer, actinia and GRASS GIS on the server-side to name just a few.

The platform helps registered users to analyze the efforts that organizations face on the ground when restoring ecosystems with a web-based geographical information system. Beside the WebGIS there are modules for on-demand and automatic analysis of Sentinel1 and 2 data, but also the use of very high resoluted (VHR) satellite images is possible. The analysis tools offer a change detection or a land cover classification for example.
The main challenges we had to cope with is to deliver a user-friendly tool, that allows users to easily perform complex analysis and to support them in interpreting the results. We'll have a look at some of the decisions that were made in that respect.

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