Miguel Villoslada

Miguel Villoslada
University of Eastern Finland | UEF · Department of Geographical and Historical Studies

PhD
Post-Doc researcher

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Introduction
My research focuses on the use of multiple Remote Sensing tools to address the complex dimensions of ecosystem structures and functions and assess ecosystem services supply. I am especially interested in unveiling spatio-temporal dynamics of ecosystem service flows in grazed and semi-natural systems. Ongoing projects: LANDMOD (Academy of Finland), CHARTER (http://www.charter-arctic.org/tag/eu-horizon-2020/), IRENES (https://www.interregeurope.eu/irenes/)

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Publications (22)
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High-resolution images obtained by multispectral cameras mounted on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are helping to capture the heterogeneity of the environment in images that can be discretized in categories during a classification process. Currently, there is an increasing use of supervised machine learning (ML) classifiers to retrieve accurate re...
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Coastal meadows provide a wide range of ecosystem services worldwide. In order to better target conservation efforts in these ecosystems, it is necessary to develop highly accurate models that account for the spatial nature of ecosystem structure, processes and functions. In this study, above-ground biomass was predicted at very high spatial resolu...
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Semi-natural grasslands harbour high biodiversity and play a key role in the supply of ecosystem services (ES). However, abandonment, changes in traditional management practices and agricultural intensification constitute a major threat to these grasslands worldwide and these practices have led to declines in species diversity. In this paper the mu...
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Mangrove ecosystems worldwide have been affected by anthropogenic activities that modify natural conditions and supply trace elements that affect mangrove health and development. In order to gain a better understanding of these ecosystems, and assess the influence of physicochemical (granulometry, pH, salinity and ORP) and geochemical variables (co...
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The transdisciplinarity lies at the core of the ecosystem services (ES) field and provides a unique opportunity to develop scientific foundations of the concept and foster the integration of nature's values into governance processes. The article introduces the Special Issue that focuses on research integrating ES's biophysical, socio-cultural and e...
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Coastal wetland systems are a priority habitat, according to the EU Habitats Directive (1992). They consist of a range of plant communities and in Europe can include salt marshes, coastal wet grasslands, swamp vegetation on the seaward edge, and scrub vegetation on the landward side. Coastal wetlands provide numerous essential ecosystem services, i...
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The recent trend of automated machine learning (AutoML) has been driving further significant technological innovation in the application of artificial intelligence from its automated algorithm selection and hyperparameter optimization of the deployable pipeline model for unraveling substance problems. However, a current knowledge gap lies in the in...
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A significant trend has developed with the recent growing interest in the estimation of aboveground biomass of vegetation in legume-supported systems in perennial or semi-natural grasslands to meet the demands of sustainable and precise agriculture. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are a powerful tool when it comes to supporting farm-scale phenotyping...
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The application of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in forest research includes a wide range of equipment, systems, and flight settings, creating a need for enhancing data acquisition efficiency and quality. Thus, we assessed the effects of flying altitude and lateral and longitudinal overlaps on digital aerial photogrammetry (DAP) processing and the...
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The area covered by low-input agroecosystems (e.g. semi-natural and permanent grasslands) in Europe has considerably decreased throughout the last century. To support more sustainable management practices and to promote biodiversity and ecosystem service values of such agroecosystems, a decision support tool was developed. The tool aims to enhance...
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The project was initiated to model the species change in agricultural land under different scenarios in Estonia. This paper describes the first stages of the work. Thirty-five 1-km squares were selected for a survey using a dispersed random procedure within the eight classes of the Environmental Stratification of Estonia, which were weighted accord...
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Recent developments in UAV technology allow for the rapid acquisition of highly detailed multispectral aerial imagery. As opposed to satellite-based earth observation techniques, the ability of UAVs to be operated at lower altitudes allow for repeated measurements without weather limitations such as dense cloud cover. These characteristics render U...
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The European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action ESMERALDA aimed at developing guidance and a flexible methodology for Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) to support the EU member states in the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy’s Target 2 Action 5. ESMERALDA’s key tasks included network cr...
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Throughout the second half of the 20th Century, the area of semi-natural grasslands in the Baltic States decreased substantially, due to agricultural abandonment in some areas and intensification in more productive soil types. In order to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by grasslands, the LIFE+ programme funded project...
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ContextAnthropogenic and environmental changes are reshaping landscapes across the globe. In this context, understanding the patterns, drivers, and consequences of these changes is one of the central challenges of humankind. PurposeWe aim to test the possibilities of combining modern multidisciplinary approaches to reconstruct the land-cover and li...
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Environmental stratifications provide the framework for efficient surveillance and monitoring of biodiversity and ecological resources, as well as modelling exercises. An obstacle for agricultural landscape monitoring in Estonia has been the lack of a framework for the objective selection of monitoring sites. This paper describes the construction a...
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The red list has become a ubiquitous tool in the conservation of species. We analyzed contemporary trends in the threat levels of European orchids, in total 166 species characterized in 27 national red lists, in relation to their reproductive biology and growth form, distribution area, and land cover where they occur. We found that species in centr...
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Context The Eurasian crane (Grus grus) is an iconic and sensitive species. It is therefore necessary to understand its landscape ecology in order to determine threats. Objectives (1) To map the distribution of cranes and then model their habitat requirements in Estonia, linked to the current level of protection. (2) To determine the environmental c...

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The increasing impacts of global climate change are having a twofold effect in Estonia: In the agricultural sector, crops are affected by more frequent wind, flood and pest damages. Simultaneously, in high conservation value ecosystems, invasive plant species are expected to expand more rapidly. This challenges need to be efficiently tackled to minimize losses in the agricultural sector and develop more efficient and targeted strategies against invasive plant species. Within this project, the Estonian University of Life Sciences will produce a set of drone based tools and algorithms to detect, map and quantify crop damages and invasive plant species. These tools can be later transferred to private and public bodies such as farmers, farmer associations, agricultural research centres, PRIA, Keskkonnaamet and Keskkonnaagentuur.
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The project Land use as a modulator of land cover transitions and the ecosystem–atmosphere carbon balance (LANDMOD) is associated with the Digital Geosciences Research Group at the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu campus). The aim of the project is to unravel the impacts of land use on land cover changes and their consequences for the climate. We particularly look at reindeer management strategies as the type of land-use and focus on depicting land cover differences on wetlands. Our main objectives are 1) to contribute understanding of the rates, magnitudes and mechanisms of land cover changes under different reindeer management strategies and 2) to quantify how the differences in land cover reflect on the release and uptake of CO2 in a landscape level using Eddy Covariance technology. Besides estimating the impact of land use today, we will also estimate the influence of past land use on the cumulative carbon balance. With these approaches, the project will contribute understanding on how and why the rates and magnitudes of land cover transitions vary at high-latitudes in northern Fennoscandia, and how these feedback to the atmosphere.
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The main objective of the LIFE UrbanStorm project is to increase the climate resilience of Estonian municipalities, especially their ability to manage flush flooding caused by heavy rainfall. It will facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches for climate change adaptation strategies and action plans, at local, regional or national level, prioritising, where appropriate, ecosystem-based approaches. The project will also focus on setting up an innovative complex storm water management system, which entails storm water collection and re-use. The demonstration site will be the focal point for engaging local inhabitants to promote the sustainable use of storm water and a change in water habits.