Monitoring of Agricultural Landscapes



Christopher Conrad





The module addresses methods on how Earth Observation and the use of geoinformation can support different fields of land and water management. Focus is set on remote sensing based concepts and methods for monitoring and supporting resource management in agricultural landscapes. Achievements and challenges are elaborated. The students will be guided to gain knowledge in selected practical examples.



Mapping the parameters

  • Mapping cropland extent, cropland use, and cropping intensity at different scales
  • Rainfed agriculture, irrigated cropland or pasture? Disentangling of complex vegetation classes
  • Quantification of cropland production, status quo and developments
  • Aproaches to mapping land abandonment
  • More crop per drop? Assessing land and water use in irrigated landscapes

Remote sensing contributions to multi-sector assessments

  • Population growth and the competition for land in rural areas
  • Understanding the role of lakes and wetlands in agricultural landscapes
  • Vulnerabillity of agricultural landscapes under changing climate conditions
  • Crop yield predictions

Practical part on cropland use intensity in irrigation systems in Central Asia.


Small classification codes in R will be written (classification and accuracy assessment).




Practical work: Mapping cropland extent, cropland vegetation phenology, and crop types at different scales (Landsat / MODIS)

  • (Segmentation)
  • Classification (random forest, knowledge-based decision trees)
  • Accuracy assessment


Seminar plus practical part.

General Course News and Updates

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The EAGLE course "Remote Sensing in Biodiversity and Conservation Science" took place in the last week of the summer term at the field research station in Fabrik Schleichach, Steigerwald. 20 biology and EAGLE students worked and lived together for one week and...

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EAGLE 2016 welcome

On Monday 17th of October we welcomed our new EAGLE students. The EAGLEs in 2016 are from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Columbia, Egypt, India, Iran, Pakistan, Sweden and Germany. After the official welcome by all lecturer and the study program coordinator Christopher Conrad and the head of the remote sensing department and director of the DLR-DFD, Stefan Dech,

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