From my blog


The NASADEM_HGT dataset is a 1 arcsecond void-filled dataset which combines data from the SRTM and ASTER GDEM data. It can be downloaded from EarthData in 1° by 1° tiles. But if you are using GRASS GIS, downloading is greatly fascilitated using the addon. The addon imports all NASADEM tiles covering the current region or region extents given with the region option into GRASS and patches the tiles together.

QGIS 3.14 is there

There is always this buzz that comes with new releases of QGIS. I guess this is because the development goes so quick, and each and every release brings something new and exciting.

Legend for continuous raster in QGIS composer

This blogpost shows in a few steps how to add a continuous colour legend for a raster layer in a map layout in QGIS. It is a work around, but it works.

Creating a map with inset using tmap

Plotting maps with tmap Get the libraries Main map Inset map Create the final map All the code Plotting maps with tmap Figure 1: A map of the distances to the nearest Natura2000 areas in a region in the central Oder basin.
Paulo van Breugel

Paulo van Breugel

Lecturer & researcher

HAS University of Applied Sciences


I have a professional background and personal interest in forest, landscape and macro-ecology, eco- and biogeography and conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. My research interests are in the use of spatial patterns and processes in our natural and man-made environment, and how we can apply this knowledge to support and improve the use and management of our (natural) environment.

I have lived and worked in Syria, Brazil, Kenya with, amongst others, Bioversity International, the World Agroforestry Centre, Sao Paulo University, Copenhagen University and the International Livestock Research Institute.

I currently live in the beautiful city ’s Hertogenbosch in the south of the Netherlands. I am lecturer at the Geo Media and Design department of the HAS University of Applied Sciences, where I teach topics such as spatial data analysis and biodiversity. In addition, I am member of the expertise network of the lectorate Innovative Bio-Monitoring, a collaboration between the HAS and Naturalis.

I strongly believe in the importance of open data and the benefits of open source software. I am charter member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation ( OSGeo), and secretary of the Dutch chapter of OSGeo (


  • Landscape and forest ecology
  • Biodiversity & nature conservation and sustainable use
  • Spatial (data) analysis and visualisation
  • Open source and open data


  • PhD in Forest, Nature and Biomass, 2016

    University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science

  • MSc. in Agricultural and Natural Environmental Sciences, 1996

    Wageningen University