MSc thesis subject: Measuring recovery of forest structure after selective logging in low land Bolivia

Timber production in the Amazon basin has been estimated at 30 million m3/year, based on regional sawmill production, but estimates of the areal extent and intensity of the selective logging practices that supply that timber have been poorly constrained (Broadbent et al. 2006). Much of the selective logging in the region is clandestine, and in many cases, legally registered forest-management plans lack credibility.


  • DeVries, B. et al. Tracking disturbance-regrowth dynamics in tropical forests using structural change detection and Landsat time series. Remote Sens. Environ. 169, 320–334 (2015).
  • Broadbent, E. N. et al. Recovery of forest structure and spectral properties after selective logging in lowland Bolivia. Ecol. Appl. 16, 1148–1163 (2006).
  • Piponiot, C. et al. Carbon recovery dynamics following disturbance by selective logging in Amazonian forests. Elife 5, (2016).
  • Rutishauser, E. et al. Rapid tree carbon stock recovery in managed Amazonian forests. Curr. Biol. 25, R787–8 (2015).


  • Course Advanced Earth Observation
  • Geo-scripting course, Good knowledge in scripting is an asset (e.g. R)
  • Knowledge in tropical forest ecology

Theme(s): Modelling & visualisation, Integrated Land Monitoring