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Michael Heinl

University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology

Research Group: Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology

Sternwartestrasse 15 (Room 102)
A-6020 Innsbruck

T +43 (0)512 507-51613
F +43 (0)512 507-51699
  Michael.Heinl@uibk.ac.at



Dr. Michael Heinl is working in the field of landscape ecology, remote sensing and geographic information systems, with a special focus on landscape dynamics and applied image interpretation.

He studied Landscape Ecology and Planning at the University of Munich (TUM) and obtained his PhD 2005 after studying interactions between fire, flooding and vegetation in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Since May 2006, he is working at the Institute of Ecology.


Running Projects

Forest-Check (09/2010 ? 09/2012) Principal Investigator
(Sparkling Science Program of the Federal Ministry of Science and Research)

Current research activities towards the development of methodologies for single tree delineation and data acquisition by Airborne Laserscanning (ALS) are often limited by the insufficient spatial resolution and accuracy of reference data required for calibration and validation of spatial models. The project addresses this deficit by involving scholars that are specifically trained by forest experts and scientists to carry out standardised forest inventories. The field campaigns will produce the exact location and delineation of single trees and will also provide small-scale estimates of forest stock. The project will also allow for the comparison of different inventory methodologies (angle-count sampling vs. complete enumeration) and for assessing the potential of collaborations between schools and science in the field of forest ecological research.

Cooling Town (06/2011 ? 05/2014) Project Manager
(Autonome Provinz Bozen - Sudtirol, Abteilung Bildungsforderung, Universitat und Forschung).

The project investigates the thermal properties of landscapes and landscape elements and assesses the thermal connectivity between urban areas and surrounding landscape components in South Tyrol. Surface temperature regimes will be analyzed for selected municipalities in South Tyrol and evaluated in regard to their relations to urban temperatures, regional land use/cover and topographic setting. The project provides new scientific insight into the thermal properties of landscape components, the temperature regimes of landscapes and their spatio-temporal relation to urban areas in mountain environments. The study addresses the currently high level and prospective rise of urban temperatures in South Tyrol and investigates the potential of surrounding landscapes to meliorate the temperature conditions of urban areas in South Tyrol. The research is therefore intrinsically tied to the specific conditions and challenges of South Tyrol and contributes significantly to the development of the region under future challenges of global and climate change.



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