Nat'l Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy & Geography Research Team

Stoyan Nedkov

Team Leader

Senior Researcher in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology & Head of Section GIS. Dr. Nedkov’s research area is landscape ecology and application of GIS in environmental assessment. His current research is focused on assessment and accounting of ecosystem services at landscape level as well as use of GIS and spatial modeling for integrated assessment of the dynamics of hazardous processes in mountain catchments and mapping of flood regulation ecosystem services. His international work includes participation in “Use of Landscape Sciences for Environmental Assessment” and “CEEPUS”. Dr. Nedkov has lectured at Salzburg University (Austria) and University of Joensuu (Finland). He is a member of the International Association of Landscape Ecology and manages the mapping section at the Ecosystem Services Partnership.

Kremena Boyanova

Since 2011 she has a master degree in Geodetic Engineering with specialization in Cartography from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria. She became a PhD student at the Department of Geography, National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in the beginning of 2012 with the research topic ‘Quantification, assessment and mapping of ecosystem services in watersheds using GIS’. Her main interests are in the implementation of different spatial analysis techniques, models and other analysis tools and data sources for the spatial assessment of ecosystem services with special attention on the water-related ones. Her work in SWAN includes ecosystem services analysis and assessment, development of an interdisciplinary approach for sustainable water action and comparative case study analysis.
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Sofia Kostadinova

Since 2013 she has a bachelor degree in Geography from Sofia University ”St. Kliment Ohridski“, Sofia, Bulgaria. After completing the bachelor degree, she enrolled in a master program in Geographic Information Systems, as well as a master program in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology at the same university. Her current research is focused on the assessment of ecosystem services and their mapping at the watershed level of river Stumeshmica, Bulgaria, based on inquiry assessment. As for her interests, they mainly include different approaches for mapping of ecosystem services and lanscapes units. In SWAN project she will assess the ecosystem service throughout inquiries.

Mariyana Nikolova

Her major scientific interests are sustainability, environmental risk assessment and management, natural hazards, climate change and environmental quality. She has worked as a leader or participant on more than 20 research projects dealing with the problems of natural hazards, river basin management and environmental changes.

Tanya Trenkova

Tanya Trenkova has a master degree in Ecology from the Naval Academy in Varna, Bulgaria. Since May 2013 she is a PhD student in GIS section, Geography Department at the Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography. The topic of her research is “Web-based GIS applications supporting the integrated water management”. The main fields of her research interests are water management, web- based GIS applications and climate change impact on water demands. In SWAN project she will work on the development of geovisualization tools.

Rumiana Vatseva

Her current research focuses on spatial analysis and modeling, land use/land cover change detection and landscape dynamics. She is a Bulgarian team leader of a FP7 project “IGIT”, project leader of international bilateral cooperation research projects with Slovakia and China, and has taken part in a number of international projects, including “CORINE Land Cover” and “CEEPUS”.

Rositsa Yaneva

Research interest: Landscape ecology, Ecosystem services, Spatial planning, Surveying, GIS Rositsa Yaneva is a Master engineer in Geodesy, University of Architecture, Civil engineering and Geodesy in Sofia. During her master studies in the same university she specialized in Applied Surveying, based on spatial planning and landscape design. In the period February-June 2010 she was Erasmus exchange student in Universiteit Gent (Belgium) where followed GIS and Landscape sciences courses. Currently Rositsa is a PhD student at the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in the field of Physical geography and Landscape studies. Her PhD research work is “Landscpae and ecosystem services in the Danube Plain between rivers Timok an Iskur”. Rositsa’s main interests are focused over landscape ecology, ecosystem services, spatial planning and spatial analysis. Her work in SWAN will be implemented in the ecosystem analysis and assessment in relation to the water resources and land management.