Arie Christoffel Seijmonsbergen

Arie Christoffel Seijmonsbergen
University of Amsterdam | UVA · Theoretical & Computational Ecology

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Earth-Scientist: geomorphology, geodiversity, hand-held/airborn LiDAR, AGB, Remote Sensing & GIS

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Introduction
My current research covers the following topics: * Geodiversity: research in Mountains (Alps, Andes), islands, the Netherlands and on global extents. This research supports landscape reconstructions, conservation, biodiversity, cultural heritage and policy. * LiDAR, airborne and handheld (Zeb-ROVO) laser scanning * Geomorphological mapping: application of LiDAR-based elevation data, multi-spectral satellite and orthophotos imagery and object-based image analyses.
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December 1985 - present
Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Publications (143)
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Mapping and quantifying 3D vegetation structure is essential for assessing and monitoring ecosystem structure and function within wetlands. Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) is a promising data source for developing indicators of 3D vegetation structure, but derived metrics are often not compared with 3D structural field measurements and the acquisitio...
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We present a method of digital geomorphological mapping of mountainous areas with a legend consisting of a three-tiered nested hierarchy using two case study areas from Vorarlberg, Austria. Users can easily visualize maps in a geographical information system (GIS) at the finest level with a legend of 33 morphogenetic domains. Reclassification of th...
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Numerous organisms depend on the physical structure of their habitats, but incorporating such information into ecological niche analyses has been limited by the lack of adequate data over broad spatial extents. The increasing availability of high‐resolution measurements from country‐wide airborne laser scanning (ALS) surveys – a light detection and...
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Mapping 3D vegetation structure in wetlands is important for conservation and monitoring. Openly accessible country‐wide Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) data—using light detection and ranging (lidar) technology—are increasingly becoming available and allow us to quantify 3D vegetation structures at fine resolution and across broad spatial extents. He...
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Ongoing work shows that species richness patterns on volcanic oceanic islands are shaped by surface area changes driven by longer time scale (>1 ka) geological processes and natural sea level fluctuations. A key question is: what are the rates and magnitudes of the forces driving spatial changes on volcanic oceanic islands which in turn affect evol...
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Our objective is to analyse global‐scale patterns of mountain biodiversity and the driving forces leading to the observed patterns. More specifically, we test the ‘mountain geobiodiversity hypothesis’ (MGH) which is based on the assumption that it is not mountain‐uplift alone which drives the evolution of mountain biodiversity, but rather the combi...
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Rapid environmental change is driving the need for complex and comprehensive scientific information that supports policies aimed at managing natural resources through international treaties, platforms, and networks. Although the current essential variables frameworks account for the biosphere, atmosphere, and some aspects of the hydrosphere, they l...
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Aim Vegetation structure is a key determinant of animal diversity and species distributions. The introduction of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) has enabled the collection of massive amounts of point cloud data for quantifying habitat structure at fine resolution. Here, we review the current use of LiDAR‐derived vegetation metrics in diversity...
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The δ18O data for the last 8000 years in the Greenland NGRIP1, GRIP, DYE-3 and GISP2 ice cores have been analyzed stratigraphically in search of potentially meaningful boundaries and units. Pattern matching of the profiles is supported by using graphical display enhancements, calculating spectral trend curves and generating a compound profile. Tech...
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Modernization of agricultural land use across Europe is responsible for a substantial decline of linear vegetation elements such as tree lines, hedgerows, riparian vegetation, and green lanes. These linear objects have an important function for biodiversity, e.g., as ecological corridors and local habitats for many animal and plant species. Knowled...
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Reedbeds are important wetland habitats that suffer from severe decline in recent decades. High precision automatic mapping and monitoring of reedbeds is therefore an important remote sensing application. Here, we developed an object-based approach for differentiating wetland habitat types (reedbeds, shrubs, open water, trees) using countrywide Air...
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The role of time is underrepresented in assessments of geodiversity. Hot spot islands are unique systems to explore long-term geodiversity dynamics. The geodiversity dynamics of seven Hawaiian Islands are analysed by a qualitative-quantitative assessment using a geodiversity index. As input, freely available geological, soil and hydrological datase...
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Digital physiotope maps combine multi-source abiotic information, and can be used to assess derived characteristics such as natural hazards and type of forest community. Physiotopes are spatially explicit functional landscape units that stratify landscapes into distinct units, resulting from the interplay between geological, geomorphological and so...
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A method to prepare hybrid geomorphological maps of the cuesta landscape in Luxembourg is presented. A hybrid geomorphological map is a combination of a classical geomorphological map and digital geomorphological information layers. The classical maps are hand drawn, utilize symbol-based legends and are printed as paper maps on a 1:10.000 scale. Di...
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This book gathers older and current knowledge of the evolution and functioning of cuesta landscapes to provide a better understanding of the Luxembourgian landscape. The geological variety and tectonic setting of the area provide excellent opportunities to study landscape development, hydrology, geomorphological processes, soil formation, forest ve...
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Climate and biodiversity systems are closely linked across a wide range of scales. To better understand the mutual interaction between climate change and biodiversity there is a strong need for multidisciplinary skills, scientific tools, and access to a large variety of heterogeneous, often distributed, data sources. Related to that, the EUBrazilCl...
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Active landslides have three major effects on landscapes: (1) land cover change, (2) topographical change, and (3) above ground biomass change. Data derived from multi-temporal Light Detection and Ranging technology (LiDAR) are used in combination with multi-temporal orthophotos to quantify these changes between 2006 and 2012, caused by an active d...
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The lack of high-resolution measurements of 3D ecosystem structure across broad spatial extents impedes major advancements in animal ecology and biodiversity science. We aim to fill this gap by using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to characterize the vertical and horizontal complexity of vegetation and landscapes at high resolution...
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Temporal couplings, such as historical interactions between deforestation and soil loss, are responsible for the current state of a wide range of ecosystem services of the social-ecological system on Mauritius. Islands are suitable study sites for understanding temporal couplings and telecouplings because of their: (1) clearly defined physical boun...
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Climate and biodiversity systems are closely interlaced across a wide range of scales. To better understand the mutual interaction between climate change and biodiversity there is a strong need for multidisciplinary skills, tools and a large variety of heterogeneous, distributed data sources. In this regard, the EUBrazilCloudConnect project provide...
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Climate and biodiversity systems are closely interlaced across a wide range of scales. To better understand the mutual interaction between climate change and biodiversity there is a strong need for multidisciplinary skills, tools and a large variety of heterogeneous, distributed data sources. In this regard, the EUBrazilCloudConnect project provide...
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Land-cover change could considerably lower landslide triggering rainfall thresholds allowing precipitation events with shorter recurrence intervals to initiate shallow landslides. This research focusses on developing an automated, robust and up-scalable workflow to quantitatively assess the effect land-cover change has on initiating rainfall induce...
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Bij de GIS-studio van de Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen/ Wiskunde en lnformatica (FNWI) aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, is een project afgerond waarin twee kaarten zijn geproduceerd in 3D met behulp van een 3D-printer. 3D-printen is een techniek in opkomst in zowel de wetenschap als in het bedrijfsleven, beeldende kunst en voor alledaagse obj...
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Cirques are complex landforms resulting from glacial erosion and can be used to estimate Equilibrium Line Altitudes and infer climate history. Automated extraction of cirques may help research on glacial geomorphology and climate change. Our objective was to test the transferability of an object-based rule set for the extraction of glacial cirques,...
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The analysis of large volumes of data is key for knowledge discovery in several scientific domains such as climate, astrophysics, life sciences among others. It requires a large set of computational and storage resources, as well as flexible and efficient software solutions able to dynamically exploit the available infrastructure and address issues...
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Regional Landslide Susceptibility Zonation (LSZ) is always challenged by the available amount of field data, especially in southwestern China where large mountainous areas and limited field information coincide. Statistical learning algorithms are believed to be superior to traditional statistical algorithms for their data adaptability. The aim of...
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Geodiversity – more precisely: the natural range of geomorphological features is the topic of this book. The geodiversity of Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein is high. Small and large landforms tell the story of the origin of the mountain landscapes, and are evidence of a dramatic change of climate since the last ice age. The authors focus on the small...
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Multi-temporal LiDAR digital terrain models (DTMs) are used for the development and testing of a method for geomorphological change analysis in western Austria. Point data from two airborne LiDAR campaigns of 2003 and 2011 were filtered and interpolated into two 2m DTMs. Seven geomorphological features were mapped by using stratified object-based i...
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Geoconservation potential is, in our approach, closely linked to the spatial distribution of geomorphological sites and thus, geomorphological inventories. Detailed geomorphological maps are translated, using a standardized workflow, into polygonal maps showing the potential geoconservation value of landforms. A new development is to semi-automatic...
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Soils are crucial to sustain our lives and therefor their origin, use and potential vulnerability are important to understand. Any graduate in an education program focusing on the "Earth's Critical Zone" should have a basic understanding of soils. We present here an instruction lecture, which is developed for the bachelor programs Earth Sciences as...
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Classical geomorphological maps are representations of the spatial distribution of landforms, materials and of the processes responsible for their formation, in a single paper map. They contain a wealth of information that is generally documented with the aid of symbol and color legends. Uniformity among geomorphological legends does not exist, mai...
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Mountains are rich in biodiversity and provide ecosystem services for their inhabitants. These regions are currently threatened by land use and land cover changes (LUCC), therefore an efficient monitoring is required to capture such changes. The aim of this study is to test a landscape change analysis in a mountain region to guide landscape managem...
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Pollen analysis, soil micromorphology and radiocarbon dating have been the main scientific tools to unlock palaeoecological information from palaeosols during the past decades. In recent years, the application of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating on polycyclic driftsand profiles and plaggic deposits has been shown to be of great added...
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Habitat loss and fragmentation are considered major threats to biodiversity, especially in tropical mountain ecosystems. Most studies focus on the relationships between biodiversity and patch characteristics such as patch size, connectivity or degree of contrast with the surrounding matrix, but leave the rate of change within these variables little...
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Inventories of past and present land cover changes form the basis of future conservation and landscape management strategies. Modern classification techniques can be applied to more efficiently extract information from traditional remote-sensing sources. Landsat ETM+ images of a mountainous area in Mexico form the input for a combined object-based...
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Geomorphological inventories are being made in the State of Vorarlberg (Austria) since the mid-1950s by the University of Amsterdam. Starting as an academic training fieldwork for undergraduate geomorphology students, PhD students and staff members soon recognized the research potential of the unique alpine landscape. In particular, landforms and d...
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Geomorphological mapping is a world currently in motion, driven by technological advances and the availability of new high resolution data. As a consequence, classic (paper) geomorphological maps which were the standard for more than 50 years are rapidly being replaced by digital geomorphological information layers. This is witnessed by the followi...
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The Maashorst area (SW Netherlands) is part of an extensive region in Northwestern Europe underlain by predominantly Late Glacial aeolian coversand deposits. The natural geodiversity was determined by the characteristic elements of coversand geomorphology (ridges and planes) and the western Peel fault (horst and graben). The geodiversity should inc...
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Geomorphological maps that are automatically extracted from digital elevation data are gradually replacing classical geomorphological maps. Commonly, digital mapping projects are based upon statistical techniques, object-based protocols or both. In addition to digital elevation data, expert knowledge can still be used to calibrate feature extractio...
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Semi-automated geomorphological mapping techniques are gradually replacing classical techniques due to increasing availability of high-quality digital topographic data. In order to efficiently analyze such large amounts of data, there is a need for optimizing the processing of automated mapping techniques. In this context, we present a novel approa...
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We present a newly extended stratigraphic subdivision of the Greenland NGRIP, GRIP and GISP2 ice cores for the period 32-15 ka. Our classification emphasizes the multiscale nature of the climatic oscillations. Spectral trend analysis of isotopic data supports this interpretation. We compare this time series with the stratigraphy of the last major P...
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This study gives a first approximation of the relationship between hydrology and water quality, geology and soils for a jalca ecosystem near Cajamarca in Northern Peru. As the jalca areas are prone to degradation of their humic soils as a result of land use and climate change, more information is needed on their hydrology and geo-ecology. During tw...
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The Andean paramo ecosystems host geodiversity of global importance, but also have important societal functions, including agricultural production and delivery of water to people and industry. Paramo geo-ecosystems are highly susceptible to environmental degradation because of their alpine relief, extreme climate and fragile soils. In contrast to o...
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In the high Andes of Peru spectacular silicakarst landscapes have developed in ignimbrite deposits which have not yet been studied in detail. These striking geomorphological features are locally known as `Bosques de Rocca' and are widespread between 3200 and 4000 m altitude and until now believed to be the result of Aeolian processes. This study di...
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Classic geomorphological mapping is gradually replaced by (semi) automated techniques to rapidly obtain geomorphological information in remote, steep and/or forested areas. To ensure a high accuracy of these semi-automated maps, there is a need to optimize automated mapping procedures. Within this context, we present a novel approach to semi-automa...
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Inventories of past and present land cover changes form the basis for future conservation strategies and landscape management. In this study Landsat images of a mountainous area in Mexico are used in an object-based and pixel-based image classification. The land cover categories with the highest individual classification accuracies determined with...
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Object-Based Image Analysis (OBIA) is considered a useful tool for analyzing high-resolution digital terrain data. In the past, both segmentation and classification parameters were optimized manually by trial and error. We propose a method to automatically optimize classification parameters for increasing the accuracy and efficiency of OBIA for sem...
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This paper presents a new approach to simulate drainage basin evolution and demonstrates that high resolution elevation data can be used as useful tool for a dynamic simulation of Alpine landscape development, in which channel incision is incorporated in high spatial detail. A vector channel incision model (CIM) uses 1 m high-resolution laser altim...
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In this research we present a new and multi-scale approach to simulate channel incision and drainage basin evolution. A vector bedrock channel incision model (CIM) dynamically simulates the development of a longitudinal river profile at a fine scale. The CIM is combined with a grid cell-based reaction-diffusion erosion model to incorporate hillslop...
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The Andean paramo ecosystems constitute geodiversity hotspots of global importance, but also have important ecosystem functions. These include agricultural production (mostly livestock and high altitude crops such potatoes, but also forestry) and deliverance of water to be used for various purposes (drink water, irrigation water, hydroelectric powe...
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Northern Hemisphere climate history through and following the Last Glacial Maximum is recorded in detail in ice cores from Greenland. However, the period between Greenland Interstadials 1 and 2 (15–23 ka), i.e. the period of deglaciation following the last major glaciation, has been difficult to resolve in great detail. We here offer a new subdivis...
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Geomorphological maps are useful to a wide variety of applications, such as hazard risk analysis (Seijmonsbergen 1992), forest ecological research (Van Noord 1996) and geoconservation evaluation studies (Seijmonsbergen et al. in press). Traditional field-based geomorphological mapping strategies are often time consuming and the accuracy of these me...
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Economic and agricultural growth on Mauritius has resulted in severe environmental pressure during the last decades. Forest fragmentation (>98%), agricultural intervention, prolonged bare soil periods and changing soil properties in combination with a short rainy cyclone season has led to an increase in surface erosion processes and loss of soil fe...
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In deze memo zijn locaties voorgesteld om peilbuizen te plaatsen. Dit is gebeurd naar aanleiding van een eerste overleg over de GIS-verwerkingen van basisgegevens in Amsterdam. Een volledig Gisrapport volgt waarin definief kaartmateriaal zal worden opgenomen en de dataset en de gebruikte methoden volledig wordt besproken.
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Geofysisch onderzoek wordt veel gebruikt om ruimtelijke en aanvullende diepte informatie van de ondergrond te verkrijgen. Het is een niet destructieve manier om snel, veel puntmetingen te verkrijgen, die na interpolatie een totaalbeeld opleveren van fysische kenmerken van de ondergrond binnen een gebied. In het gebied Boschoord is gekozen voor een...
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In dit rapport wordt resultaten gepresenteerd van een onderzoek door de Universiteit van Amsterdam naar de mogelijkheden voor reactivering van stuifzand in het Deelense Zand. Het doel van deze reactivering is tweeledig: 1) herstel van een actief stuifzandgebied en 2) herstel van instuiving van fijn mineraal materiaal in het aangrenzende deel van he...
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Using 1:10,000 full-area covering analogue geomorphological maps as the basis for our geoconservation work in the State of Vorarlberg (Austria), we define geomorphosites as the smallest coherent landforms which can be delineated, weighted and ranked, based on these maps. In our approach the term ‘geomorphosite’ is not restricted to unique or specta...