Quantitative Habitat Mapping

Developing and embedding novel remote-sensing methods for mapping of woodland, moorlands and key habitats in support of more profitable and sustainable landscape management
This project will take cutting-edge geospatial research and translate it into an easy-to-use tool providing organisations with much-needed access to high-quality spatial data.

We are now working in an age of open access geospatial data, where science and environmental organisations have unprecedented access to free-to-use global extent data at very fine resolutions. This new technology makes monitoring patterns and dynamics in the environment more accurate than ever before and in turn, this enhanced information can then be used to improve environmental decision making.

However, understanding and manipulating this data is a highly technical task which can be a barrier to businesses and organisations who could make use of this information. This project aims to fill this gap by translating cutting-edge geospatial research into an easy to use tool for such agencies.

Our Partners

SWEEP have been working closely with Dartmoor National Park Autority and North Devon Biosphere Reserve across a number of Impact Projects and, having helped develop the idea for this project, are joinging us again as key Partners.

We are also engaged with a number of other organisations who will be involved in specfic elements of the Project – Ministry of Defence, Duchy of Cornwall, Dartmoor Peatland Partnership, Environment Agency, Natural England, Forestry Commission, RSPB, Butterfly Conservation, Devon Wildlife Trust and National Trust.

We will also be sharing our learning with the team working on the NEVO project in order to get the most value from our findings.

Project News and Events

Project Code: 023
Project Lead:
Dr David Luscombe
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Karen Anderson
SWEEP Co-I Leak Detection Project
Professor Richard Brazier
SWEEP Water and Business Lead
Dr Donna Carless
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Professor Charles Tyler
SWEEP Water Co-Lead
Sara Zonneveld
SWEEP Impact Fellow

Sara is an Impact Fellow for SWEEP 004, working on natural capital approaches in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. She is a biologist with a background in ecology and ornithology.  Sara has been based at the University of Exeter since 2013, where she previously carried out research on Dartmoor’s moorland birds.

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