Environmental data science, editorial solutions & scientific outreach

Effectively communicate oceans of scientific data

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From data to publication, making past & present environmental data work for you.

We are a team of environmental scientists dedicated at making sense of oceans of data and solving data driven environmental questions. With our combined expertise in remote sensing, ecological modelling, field surveys, data science & rescue we can provide end-to-end research & development solutions. We help you effectively communicate research results, reaching both professional and general audiences.

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our expertise

Data Science & Rescue

We support your data analysis and synthesis, ranging from remote sensing data processing to machine learning.

Science Communication

Our editorial services quickly draft a manuscript or grant framework. We help you communicate your research, through formal and informal channels.

Experimental Design

We provide guidance in field survey planning, sampling protocol design and hardware & software development.

Portfolio

past & ongoing projects

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Challenges in banana cultivation

Research paper development on banana pests and diseases, and the sustainability of smallholder banana-producing farms

Enset - Ethiopia’s tree against hunger

Analytical and editorial support for research on food security crops.

Bird behavioural studies

Long running project by BlueGreen Labs research associate Lyndon Kearsley on monitoring bird behaviour, with a strong focus on swifts.

Congo basin eco-climatological data recovery and valorisation

Project lead. The project develops a multi-faceted database by making the archives of the Institut National pour l’Etude Agronomique du Congo belge digitally accessible.

High Resolution Vegetation Phenology and Productivity

We provide remote sensing validation expertise in support of product development.

Historical Aerial Photography Valorization

We used a combination of historical (1958) aerial photography and contemporary remote sensing data to map long-term changes in the extent and structure of the tropical forest surrounding Yangambi (DR Congo) in the central Congo Basin.

Integrated Carbon Observation System PhenoCam protocol

We detail the protocol for the implementation of cameras on Integrated Carbon Observation System flux towers.

Jungle Rhythms

Project Lead. This project strives to transcribe old observations of tree life cycle events (flowering, leaf shedding, fruit dispersion), in central African Rainforests, which are key to understanding a tree’s functioning.

Jungle Weather

Central African climate data rescue using a computer vision, deep learning and crowd sourcing methods.

Open hardware development

We provide open hardware development in support of (academic) research.

Open Source Software development

We provide a range of open source software packages in support of (academic) research.

Picture Based Insurance

We provide protocol development and data processing expertise in support of this IFPRI led project to mitigate basic risk in smallholder farmer insurance.

Virtual Forest

Science outreach project bringing a virtual forest to people, allowing them to experience the slow change in a forest (growth) over time.

Publications

Most recent work

Soil moisture limits the arctic carbon sink potential under climate change.

Existing models of grassland phenology poorly predict green-up. Inclusion of precipitation, in addition to temperature, resulted in significantly better model results, although different thresholds apply across different climate regions.

In contrast to the current paradigm, which centers on insect availability using vegetation as a proxy, we show that weather related concentration of insects at convergence zones is key to describe foraging behaviour of Pallid swifts during the non-breeding season.

Recent Blog Posts

News, tutorials and more

Soil moisture limits the arctic carbon sink potential under climate change.

Porting an old FORTAN sky illuminance model to R

Existing models poorly predict the timing of spring green-up in grasslands. New model shows grassland green-up is driven by both precipitation and temperature.

Our Team

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Koen Hufkens, PhD

Partner, Researcher

Macro Ecology, Plant Physiology, Remote Sensing, Data Science & Rescue, Open Science Advocacy

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Elizabeth Kearsley, PhD.Eng.

Partner, Researcher

Tropical Ecology, Biodiversity, Agroforestry, Food Security, Gender Equality, Field Surveys

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Lyndon Kearsley

Research Associate

Bird migration, Bird behaviour, Pallid swift, GPS logging, Movement ecology

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