Ben Strohbach

Associate Professor of Vegetation Ecology, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia

Ben Strohbach is leading the Vegetation Survey of Namibia project, which aims to provide a baseline description of the natural vegetation over Namibia's varied climatic zones, landscapes and ecosystems.

Long-term monitoring of vegetation throughout the country will track the effects of global climate change. For this purpose, 21 biodiversity observatories and a series of auxiliary observatories have been established. Large emphasis is placed on monitoring using repeat aerial photography, using state-of-the-art UAV (drone) technology.

With Gobabeb, he is monitoring the vigour of lichen fields, using UAVs equipped with NIR-capable sensors. Lichens are effected by daily and seasonal fog events, which may shift as climate changes.


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