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Institute: Institute of Geography

Transboundary ecological connectivity – modelling landscapes and ecological flows
Cezhraničná ekologická konektivita – modelovanie krajiny a ekologických sietí
Program: International Visegrad Found (IVF)
Project leader: Mgr. Pazúr Róbert PhD.
Annotation:The aim of this project is to better understand the habitat connectivity in the Northern Carpathians of Slovakia and Poland. In the forthcoming year our international team will work on multispecies connectivity assessment for the brown bear (Ursus arctos) and European bison (Bison bonasus).Using the state-of-the-art approaches allow us to substantially contributed to pressing conservation issues related to these species.
Duration: 1.3.2017 - 31.5.2018

Comparative analysis of territorial governance and spatial planning systems in Europe
Komparatívna analýza územnej správy a územno-plánovacích systémov v Európe
Program: Multilateral - other
Project leader: Mgr. Michniak Daniel PhD.
Annotation:The overall objective of the Compass project is to provide an authoritative comparative report on territorial governance and spatial planning systems in Europe. It will substantially improve the knowledge base on territorial governance and spatial planning, and in particular, their role in the formulation and implementation of EU Cohesion Policy. The project will investigate 32 European countries (the 28 member states plus four ESPON partner countries), and in the first stage evaluate the feasibility of including seven additional countries: the EU candidate countries and other countries of the Western Balkans. In order to provide sufficient in-depth knowledge of the form and operation of territorial governance and spatial planning across 39 countries, the project leader Delft University of Technology is assisted by a consortium of eight further partners and 16 sub-contractors.
Duration: 1.6.2016 - 31.5.2018

Mapping urban green spaces based on remote sensing data: Case studies in Bulgaria and Slovakia
Mapovanie sídelnej zelene s využitím údajov DPZ: modelové územia z Bulharska a Slovenska
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: RNDr. Kopecká Monika PhD.
Annotation:Urban Green Spaces (UGS) are an integral part of urban ecosystem. Recently, UGS are considered to be of substantial importance for the quality of life, since they have significant impact on ecosystem functions, local microclimate and air quality, as well as on aesthetical perceptions. Remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) provide powerful tools for mapping and analysis of UGS at various spatial and temporal scales. With the availability of high resolution remote sensing images and multi-source geospatial data, there is a great need to transform Earth observation data into useful information necessary for urban planning and decision making. Therefore, the current research is focused on selection and application of a set of urban indicators based on remote sensing data by implementing spatial analysis. The aim of this project is to investigate and mapping the spatial distribution of urban green spaces in selected study areas in Bulgaria and Slovakia using remote sensing data. Different categories of vegetation, that is detectable in remote sensing data will be mapped and quantified in accordance with the extended CORINE Land Cover nomenclature (5th level). Auxiliary demographic data, climatic data and other statistical data related to urban development will be used for spatial analysis. Selected urban indicators based on remote sensing data will be calculated to support decision making.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2017

Porovnanie transformácie kultúrnej krajiny v Brne a Bratislave a ich zázemí
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: Mgr. Šuška Pavel PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2017

Socio-economic vulnerability and resilience of regions in Poland and Slovakia
Sociálno-ekonomická zraniteľnosť a odolnosť regiónov v Poľsku a na Slovensku
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: RNDr. Székely Vladimír CSc.
Annotation:Terms vulnerability and resilience comes from environmental studies and become more popular in social and economic sciences. The main aim of the common project is to take a closer look on this topic and see how regions of Poland and Slovakia cope with these issues. What are the common risks which both countries will have to face, and how important they are for different regions? Therefore present application will be focused on investigating various types of risks for regions, how they reacted in the past and how authorities can adapt to the present changes. The aim of the joint research project is to recognise, identify, explore various risk related to socio-economic processes and their influence in regional and national scales on living conditions, quality of life, social well being, economic growth on the regional level. The task will be accomplished by creating the system of indicators, according to the following steps: firstly a connection of some indicators with economic, social and environmental dimensions, then with the descriptive categories of vulnerability and resilience and finally, the macro-themes that define them; selection of elementary variables defined in the theoretical step; and create at the level of macro-variables and, in a second moment, at the level of the vulnerability and resilience descriptors. Those actions will allow to create tool for regional analysis which can produce an assessment, as synthetic as comprehensive at the same time, of regional vulnerability and resilience.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

Connecting European connectivity research
Spojenie európskeho výskumu konektivity
Program: COST
Project leader: RNDr. Lehotský Milan CSc.
Annotation:Successful prediction of pathways of storm runoff generation and associated soil erosion is of considerable societal importance, including off-site impacts such as water quality and the provision of related ecosystem services. Recently, the role of connectivity in controlling runoff and erosion has received significant and increasing scientific attention, though in a disparate and uncoordinated way. There is a wealth of experience and expertise in connectivity across Europe that could be harnessed to ensure that the potential already demonstrated in key studies can be more widely fulfilled; to move forward along agreed lines and identify emerging goals, and to benefit from cross-fertilization of ideas from the fields of Hydrology, Soil Science, Geomorphology and Ecology. COST is the appropriate vehicle for funding this activity because it will gather together existing expertise to advance the field of connectivity in a concerted way. The key benefit of this Action will therefore be to establish connectivity as a research paradigm. The Action will then permit transfer of current understanding into useable science, by developing it’s conceptual basis and transferring it into a series of monitoring and modelling tools that will provide the platform for indices that will inform holistic management of catchment systems.
Duration: 10.4.2014 - 9.4.2018

Common approaches to assessment of spatial development in Slovakia and Ukraine
Spoločné prístupy k hodnoteniu priestorového rozvoja Slovenska a Ukrajiny
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: RNDr. Székely Vladimír CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2019

The total number of projects: 7