Agata Hoscilo

Agata Hoscilo
Institute of Geodesy and Cartography · Applied Geomatics

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November 2011 - June 2020
Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (IGIK)
Position
  • Head of Lab
May 2009 - September 2011
University of Leicester
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
February 2021 - February 2022
Warsaw School of Economics
Field of study
  • Project Management
May 2005 - September 2009
University of Leicester
Field of study
  • Department of Geography

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Publications (48)
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Monitoring of land cover plays an important role in effective environmental management, assessment of natural resources, environmental protection, urban planning and sustainable development. Increasing demand for accurate and repeatable information on land cover and land cover changes causes rapid development of the advanced, machine learning algor...
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This study is focused on the assessment of the potential of Sentinel-2 satellite images and the Random Forest classifier for mapping forest cover and forest types in northwest Gabon. The main goal was to investigate the impact of various spectral bands collected by the Sentinel-2 satellite, normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and digital...
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Information on the spatial distribution and variability of forests is important in monitoring of forest resources, biodiversity assessment, threat prevention, estimation of carbon content and forest management. The Pan−European High Resolution Layers (HRLs) produced as part of the European Earth Monitoring Programme – Copernicus provide detailed in...
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There are a limited number of studies addressing the forest status, its extent, location, type and composition over a larger area at the regional or national levels. The dense time series and a wide swath of Sentinel-2 data are a good basis for forest mapping and tree species identification over a large area. This study presents the results of the...
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The amount and spatial distribution of forest aboveground biomass (AGB) were estimated using a range of regionally developed methods using Earth Observation data for Poland, Sweden and regions in Indonesia (Kalimantan), Mexico (Central Mexico and Yucatan peninsula), and South Africa (Eastern provinces) for the year 2010. These regions are represent...
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Extreme weather events such as hurricanes, floods or fires become more and more common phenomena in Europe. In August 2017, strong wind accompanied by heavy thunderstorms caused severe damage over the large area in central and western Poland. According to rapid damage assessment prepared by the State Forests authorities a few days after the windthr...
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Fire frequency has been increasing in recent decades in Southeast Asia, particularly with the expansion of agriculture and wood extraction on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. These peatland fires are causing high emissions of carbon and particulates, as well as long-term changes to forest composition, biomass, and structure. Only a few tree speci...
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The main objective of this research is to develop, analyze and validate novel methodologies for land cover and vegetation mapping using time series of Sentinel-1 data and in particular by exploiting the temporal evolution of the interferometric coherence. Further, the project aims at quantifying the impact and possible benefit of using Sentinel-1 I...
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Project description and introduction to the Round Robin Consultation period open to external participants in the project framework.
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The first International Peat Congress (IPC) held in the tropics - in Kuching (Malaysia) - brought together over 1000 international peatland scientists and industrial partners from across the world (“International Peat Congress with over 1000 participants!,” 2016). The congress covered all aspects of peatland ecosystems and their management, with a...
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Several studies discussed a disagreement concerning forest extent in Poland between land cadaster and status on the ground. The aim of the paper was to assess the actual forest extent in Poland based on an existing spatial datasets such as: Digital Forest Map (covering explicitly the State Forests), Topographic Database, Database of Parcel Identifi...
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The first International Peat Congress (IPC) held in the tropics - in Kuching (Malaysia) - brought together over 1000 international peatland scientists and industrial partners from across the world ("International Peat Congress with over 1000 participants!," 2016). The congress covered all aspects of peatland ecosystems and their management, with a...
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Fire is presently the most important disturbance affecting vegetation cover at a global scale, with an estimated 6 million km2 affected on an annual basis (Mouillot and Field 2005). The largest increase in regional fire activity is currently occurring in the humid tropics, particularly in the rainforests of Southeast Asia and South America. Before...
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Fire is presently the most important disturbance affecting vegetation cover at a global scale, with an estimated 6 million km2 affected on an annual basis. The largest increase in regional fire activity is currently occurring in the humid tropics, particularly in the rainforests of Southeast Asia and South America. Before recent times, fire activit...
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Actual land cover maps are a very good source of information on present human activities. It increases value of actual spatial databases and it is a key element for decision makers. Therefore, it is important to develop fast and cheap algorithms and procedures of spatial data updating. Every day, satellite remote sensing deliver vast amount of new...
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This chapter presents an analysis of land cover and its changes in the Middle River Vistula catchment over the period 1990-2012. The river reach is situated between hydrological gauging stations at Zawichost and at Port Praski (Warsaw). Comprehensive information on land cover and land cover change is a crucial step in understanding and modelling hy...
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Policymakers, governments and aid agencies require operational environmental monitoring in support of evidence-based policy-making and resource deployment in crisis situations. For Africa, this is only feasible at sub-continental scale with a large network of automated meteorological stations, a large number of highly coordinated field observers or...
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European Copernicus (former GMES) GIO Pan-EU Land Monitoring service is to provide land cover information to users in the field of environmental and other terrestrial applications. The GIO Land Monitoring service includes CORINE LC inventories and the 5 high resolution layers (HRLs) that characterized 5 main land cover types: impervious areas, fore...
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The first European and Polish CORINE Land Cover map was created for the reference year 1990, then subsequently for 2000 and 2006. The long heritage of CLC inventories allows researchers to perform a long-term analysis of land cover dynamics at national and European scale. This article focuses on the results of the CLC2012 inventory and analysis of...
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The Southeast Asian region is experiencing some of the world's highest rates of deforestation and forest degradation, the principle drivers of which are agricultural expansion and wood extraction in combination with an increased incidence of fire. Recent changes in fire regimes in Southeast Asia are indicative of increased human-causd forest distur...
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Studies of the impact of human activity on vegetation dynamics of the Sahelian belt of Africa have been recently re-invigorated by new scientific findings that highlighted the primary role of climate in the drought crises of the 1970s–1980s. Time series of satellite observations revealed a re-greening of the Sahelian belt that indicates no notewort...
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In recent years, fires in tropical forests in Southeast Asia have become more frequent and widespread, resulting in an increased need to evaluate fire impacts at a landscape scale. We examine whether post-fire vegetation regrowth can be used as a proxy to evaluate burn severity in a peatland landscape in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, that...
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Fire plays an increasingly important role in deforestation and degradation of carbon-dense tropical peatlands in South-east Asia. In this study, analysis of a time-series of satellite images for the period 1973–2005 showed that repeated, extensive fires, following drainage and selective logging, played an important role in land-cover dynamics and f...
Conference Paper
The methodology proposed in this study allows comparing different regions and analysing a national, sub-national and regional synthesis of land conditions. The synthetic information on the rainfall and vegetation trends and current states aggregated at administrative scale are crucial for governmental institutions and decision makers at various lev...
Conference Paper
Studies of impact of human activity on the vegetation dynamics in the Sahel belt of Africa are recently re-invigorated due to a new scientific findings that highlighted the primary role of climate in the drought crises of the 70s-80s. Time series of satellite observations allowed identifying re-greening of the Sahel belt that indicates no sensible...
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As a carbon-rich ecosystem, tropical peatland contributes significantly to terrestrial carbon storage and stability of the global carbon cycle. Vast areas of tropical peatland in SE Asia are degraded by the increasingly intensive scale of human activities, illustrated by high rates of deforestation, poor land-use management, selective illegal loggi...
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Extensive tropical peatlands are located in the Malaysian and Indonesian lowlands, particularly in Borneo, Sumatra, West Papua, and Peninsular Malaysia. In an undisturbed condition, these peatlands make a significant contribution to terrestrial carbon storage, both in terms of their aboveground biomass (peat swamp forest) and thick deposits of peat...
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The overall aim of our ALOS project is to evaluate the information content of polarimetric radar data sets, being acquired by the PALSAR instrument, to estimate forest variables (specifically those related to biomass and biomass change) of forested regions in the UK (temperate forest), central Siberia (boreal forest) and Indonesia (tropical forest...
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A number of space-borne sensors observe radiant energy at thermal wavelengths. Thermal anomaly data, otherwise known as hotspot data, have been shown to be particularly correlated with the occurrence of active fires (a fire normally with a flaming component and/or smoldering component). Because of a lack of high-quality burned area data, recent stu...
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Studies of restoration ecology are well established for northern peatlands, but at an early stage for tropical peatlands. Extensive peatland areas in Southeast Asia have been degraded through deforestation, drainage and fire, leading to on- and off-site environmental and socio-economic impacts of local to global significance. To address these probl...
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The protection and regeneration of wetlands has been of crucial importance as a goal in ecological research and in nature conservation for some time and is more important than ever now. Knowledge about the biophysical properties of wetlands' vegetation retrieved from satellite images enables us to improve the monitoring of these unique areas, which...
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The aim of the project was to examine the impact of soil-vegetation parameters on backscattering coefficient calculated from ASAR data under various polarization and incidence angle. Usage of VV/HV IS4 and HV/HH IS2 data gave the possibility of obtaining Leaf Area Index, Leaf Water Area Index, soil moisture. Extensive field measurements were conduc...
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The investigation carried out at wetlands in Biebrza Basin, the biggest area of the marshes and swamps in Central Europe, aimed at finding the best biophysical properties of wetlands vegetation to characterise marshland habitats. The various soil-vegetation indices on the basis of all considered spectral bands of satellites as Landsat +ETM, SPOT, E...
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Wetlands are very sensitive ecosystems, functioning as habitat for many organisms. Protection and regeneration of wetlands has been the crucial importance in ecological research and in nature conservation. Knowledge on biophysical properties of wetlands vegetation retrieved from satellite images will enable us to improve monitoring of these unique...
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An approach to classification of satellite images aimed at vegetation mapping in a wetland ecosystem has been presented. The wetlands of the Biebrza Valley located in the NE part of Poland has been chosen as a site of interest. The difficulty of using satellite images for the classification of a wetland land cover lies in the strong variability of...
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The investigation has been carried out for the wetlands in Poland, which is the best- preserved area of marches, and swamps in Central Europe. The research concerned the investigations aimed at finding differences in soil moisture what influenced the process of drying up the wetland area causing changes in vegetation influencing shrub progress on g...
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The investigation has been carried out for the wetlands in the Biebrza Basin, Poland, which is the best -preserved area of marches, and swamps in Central Europe. In the valley of the Biebrza River, flooded heavily every spring natural plant communities grow in several zones. The scientific investigation aimed at findings of changes in land use and...
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SUMMARY Tropical peatlands in Central Kalimantan have been exposed to both extensive and intensive degradation as a result of unsustainable land management practices, which have led to widespread fires over the last three decades. Results from remote sensing analyses reveal that over the last 10 years fire frequency has increased and has now reache...
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Tropical peatlands are carbon-rich ecosystems that are increasingly vulnerable to destabilisation through both human and climate induced changes. Located mostly in the humid lowlands of SE Asia, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia, they cover ~30 million hectares and, in a natural state, support a lush vegetation of peat swamp forest. Tropical p...
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The large amount of new satellite data creates new possibilities for preparing satellite image maps, which can be used for detailed vegetation studies, as well as for tourist purposes. The paper presents work on the elaboration of a tourist map, based on Landsat ETM+ satellite image, for the Biebrza National Park, covering one of largest areas of w...
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The aim of the project is to use remote sensing data in order to assess damage caused by fire in a wetland area. There are many satellite systems, which provide information on different fire characteristics: location of burned area, duration of active fire, aerosol emissions, etc. Remote sensing data play a significant role in detection and monitor...

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The main aims of the project are: to assess the impact of weather condition on the forest health status, to assess the vulnerability of forest to extreme weather conditions with particular emphasis on drought effects as well as to develop an integrated remote-based method for detecting, predicting and monitoring forest condition. To achieve these aims, the detailed analysis of forest disturbances, site conditions, site productivity, forest parameters and weather parameters in conjunction with the comprehensive analysis of the spectral responses to forest disturbances using a combination of high and medium resolution satellite images will be conducted at local (forest stands) and regional scale (three forest districts). Project is funded by the National Science Centre (NCN) in Poland.
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The main goal of InCoNaDa is to improve the user uptake of land cover and land use information derived from the integration of Copernicus Land Monitoring Services (CLMS) and national databases. The proposed project will address the request for more detailed information on LCLU and its changes (in respect to spatial, temporal and thematic content), than is currently provided in Corine Land Cover (CLC) databases. Furthermore, the assessment of usefulness of enhanced LCLU database and CLMS products for decision makers, reporting obligations in natural resources monitoring, urban and spatial planning, agricultural management and reporting greenhouse gases emissions and removals from LULUCF in Poland and Norway. more on: www.inconada.eu
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The goal of the SAT4EST is to design and build forest focused service dedicated to the local administration. The proposed service will promote the use of various Copernicus data and products to the large community of end users at administrative level. The detailed objectives are: • to prepare EO products that will meet the user requirements, • to demonstrate how EO products can be integrated with ancillary data, • to design and develop web-based service for forest management, • to implement the service in the selected districts.