Land Use of Kaluga Region: View from Space
Geography, Ecology, Observation from space
Do you want to discover the world of space imagery and cartography and try your hand at solving real economic problems?

Join the express project "Land Use in the Kaluga Region: View from Space"! This is a project for those who are interested in geography, ecology and Earth observation (EO).
Area measurement
The Kaluga Region is a typical agricultural land use region of the European part of Russia. Agricultural fields here alternate with fairly large forests, swamps and meadows.

In the 1990s, a reduction in the use of agricultural lands began. As a result, they began to degrade, and in recent years, the main problem of agricultural land use in the region has become the overgrowing of fields with shrubs and low forest. Fields have become unsuitable for the cultivation of useful crops.
Cadastral map
In the course of the study, we will select the area of interest within the Kaluga region, create historical and modern maps on the basis of archive satellite data and analyze changes in the state of agricultural lands of the selected area to answer the question: how has the area of overgrown agricultural lands changed?

Also, based on the research results, we will try to offer options for the further use of the overgrown agricultural lands. Perhaps it is better to transfer them to the forest estate? Or solve the problem in some other way?
Aerial photography: forest and field
In the process of work, the participants will get acquainted with Earth remote sensing technologies and geoportal technologies, learn about the possibilities of using Earth images from space to solve various problems, about the history, development and current state of the industry, master a number of promising professional competencies.

We invite you to take part in an exciting research project, the results of which will bring real practical benefits!

Maria Dorofeeva

Moscow, Russia
Maria has devoted 10 years to activities in the field of Earth observation from space. The most important inspiration in her work is the unusually wide possibilities that satellite imagery data give us for solving various tasks. Space images are a unique tool that makes the world transparent and provides the most valuable information for all kinds of research. And it is also breathtakingly beautiful images, allowing you to look at objects, processes and phenomena on our planet from different points of view.

The field of Earth observation is rapidly developing. New satellites are launched annually, satellite data become more accessible. In her opinion, the ability to work with such data and to receive actual information using them is the competence of the future, which can be mastered today. Therefore, her professional interests include the popularization of Earth observation technologies among schoolchildren and students.

In her free time she studies psychology, does arts and crafts and painting, enjoys skiing and cycling, and brings up a curly cat with the cosmic name Cassiopeia.

Antonio Svorenji

Zagreb, Croatia
Antonio is an associate educator in Bioteka, association for the promotion of biology and related sciences, in Zagreb, Croatia. He holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Environmental Sciences at University of Zagreb.

His job in Bioteka includes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops with children, working in projects such as PANDA – project class for gifted children, in which gifted children age 6 to 12 have the opportunity to do real scientific work with help from external science experts and „Active youth in conservation of nature and environment", in which young people, aged 15 to 30, from all over Croatia have the opportunity to do their own projects in nature and environment conservation important to their local communities.

As a student, he was employed for three years at Zagreb ZOO as an educator/external associate. Working in the ZOO inspired his interest in fieldwork, research, nature and macro photography, animal welfare, herpetology, entomology, zoological gardens, ecology, and nature conservation.

In his free time, he likes to hike, read books, watch movies, admire photography, play board games, console games, learn Spanish and daydream while with his cat, Korben.
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