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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Assessment of oil palm expansion indicators with new remote sensing approaches

Oil palm has become the main source of vegetable oil in the world. With an annual production of more than 50 million tons it exceeds by far all other vegetable oils like soybean, rapeseed or sunflower. However reliable data on the expansion of oil palm, which is needed to promote sustainable and inclusive business models is often scattered and not available with sufficient accuracy.

The research project will derive spatial indicators of oil palm expansion, such as oil palm dynamic and age class distribution, by making use of new remote sensing approaches developed by IRI THESys founding institutions. The project focuses on two Latin America countries (Peru, Brazil) where there has been a significant expansion of oil palm development in recent years. Results will be linked to a global CGIAR initiative on market chains and investment flows of Oil Palm.

The researcher behind the project

Konstantin König Foto: Anne Dombrowski
Photo:Anne Dombrowski

Dr. Konstantin König is a trained ecologist and gained his PhD analyzing plant diversity pattern in West Africa with remote sensing data. Recently he resettled with his wife and his 2a old son from Latin America, where he coordinated the Brazilian office of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). During this time he was involved in several projects on analyzing the effects of climate and land use change on ecosystem services.

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