Dr. Lars Eklundh

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Lund University
Sölvegatan 12, 223 62 

Tel.: +46.46.222 96 55



My main research interest is the use of data from satellites for collecting land surface information, primarily concerning vegetation. Much of the research has been carried out in Africa but I also work with boreal and sub-arctic environments in the Nordic countries. In Africa, I have been working with data from different satellite sensors in order to analyse their usefulness for global and regional environmental monitoring and mapping in different climatic regions. In Nordic environments, my current research interest is the utilisation of satellite sensor data for estimation of vegetation growth and biophysical vegetation parameters, such as Leaf Area Index and Net Primary Production. I use data from different optical satellite systems like Landsat, Sentinel-2, Terra/MODIS etc. One research aim is to develop methods for modelling of carbon fluxes over large areas. Canopy reflectance models and detailed field data are utilised in order to understand the satellite signal.

I have initiated a spectral sampling network, NordSpec, for continuous field sampling of optical properties. This is an activity linked to the development of methods for extraction of phenological parameters from space data.

Linked to the field data collection we have recently begun remote sensing from UAV platforms for detailed characterization of our study sites. This activity is carried out in collaboration with the SITES Spectral Thematic Centre (see below).

Our need for efficient data analysis has led to the development of methods for processing of time series of satellite sensor data (see the TIMESAT link below). These methods are useful for investigating vegetation seasonality and for studies of long-term and short-term vegetation changes. I currently coordinate a project to study the effects of variations in phenology on swedish forests and forest management in a future climate change perspective. Another research interest is the development of methods for early-warning of insect attacs in boreal forests, based on data from satellites.

I am the joint leader of the Lund Earth Observation research group. Please visit these pages for information about remote sensing and our projects.


Please visit Lund Earth Observation research group pages for more information on these project activities.


I am involved in education at various GIS and remote sensing courses given by the department. I am the responsible teacher for one 15 ECTS course (NGEN08). I also act as supervisor for BSc, MSc and PhD students.

I have been interested in Geographical Information Systems for many years. Apart from my involvements in GIS courses and research at the department I have worked at the GIS unit of the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), and as a consultant. I have also participated in different projects in collaboration with the
Lund University GIS centre. 1999 I worked as an editor for a comprehensive Swedish educational GIS book "Geographical information processing - methods and practices"  (Geografisk informationsbehandling – metoder och tillämpningar).

My publications

For a list of my publications please see my entry in the Lund University Resarch Portal.


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