PhD candidate at NTNU, Department of Energy and Process Engineering.

  • Developing a framework for using citizen science as ground-truth for remote sensing​
  • Developing interactive visualization to motivate citizens to collect required ground-truth data
  • ​Demonstrating utility of citizen science for decision-making

I am an ecologist with a passion for nature and geography. My education focused on environmental changes in different ecosystems. I am fascinated by Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing techniques and I want to use my skills to contribute to the development of a sustainable society.

My PhD position is within the Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol) at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering. At IndEcol we provide tools for the industrial sector and policymakers to support decision-making. Our work is dedicated towards realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and for making progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

A holistic approach for assessing environmental impacts of anthropogenic actions is Life Cycle Assessment. Associated impacts of any goods or services are quantified considering all life cycle stages, i.e. throughout resource extraction, production, use and disposal. Environmental risks and threats as well as potentials for optimization within life cycle stages and across products or services are highlighted. This enables decisions towards smarter and more sustainable choices, and ultimately, helps to avoid environmental impacts and problem shifting from one environmental impact to another. Modelling such impacts is a demanding task and requires data from numerous fields. I am developing methods for incorporating citizen science and remote sensing data for monitoring the state of ecosystems and assessing the effect of land use changes on biodiversity. I want to demonstrate the utility of citizen science for decision-making processes, and thereby, inspire citizens to enhance their contribution to scientific projects.

My primary supervisor is Francesca Verones from the Industrial Ecology Programme (NTNU). I am co-supervised by Ingelin Steinsland (Department of Mathematical Science, NTNU) and Jan Ketil Rød (Department of Geography, NTNU). Further collaboration with the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research is possible.

Email: jan.borgelt@ntnu.no