Applications of Earth Observation



Christopher Conrad





In this lecture you will gain a broad overview of the applications of remote sensing. Examples from different disciplines and applied Earth Observation projects will provide your with a comprehensive understanding of if, where and how remote sensing can contribute to qualitative and quantitative assessments of the cryosphere, forest ecosystems, agro-ecosystems, the coastal zone and urban ecosystems; amongst others. We will evaluate the potential of passive and active sensor systems and adress the advantages and shortcomings of existing sensors in the optical / mutlsispectral, thermal and microwave domain.


This lecture provides knowledge on applications of Earth Observation with a focus on remote sensing of the land surface. Which research questions of different disciplines can be answered by the means of Earth Observation? What are the main approaches? The module links up remote sensing measurements to geo- and biophysical parameters required for further geoanalysis. Commonly used methodological approaches for the derivation of the different parameters are presented. Examples include amongst others applications in geography, environmental planning, ecology, biology, oceanology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, but also e.g. pollution control (monitoring) and natural resource management. In addition, the module outlines selected examples, how remote sensing technology can be transferred to the workplace of professionals also beyond science, e.g. via the use of geoinformation systems.

General Course News and Updates

M.Sc. thesis handed in by Marcus Groll

Marcus Groll handed in his M.Sc. thesis "Deep learning for Instance Segmentation of bomb craters on historical aerial images of the Second World War " and will defend it next week. Abstract: During the Second World War (WWII) many air strikes were flown on German...

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Our EAGLEs in 2018 visited the German Aerospace Center, namely the Earth Observation Center, close to Munich. Various topics were presented by DLR scientist and the EAGLEs hat the chance to discuss various topics in small groups with individual scientists.

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New 2018 EAGLE students now online

Web presence of you new EAGLE students is online. Our new 2018 EAGLE students created their own webspace in order to present the group and each student individually. Have a look who started EAGLE this year, read about their background and interests - and especially...

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EAGLE welcome 2018

Our new EAGLEs arrived! We welcomed our new international EAGLE students from the US, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Ruanda or Germany for the upcoming winter term and introduced the lectures as well as the courses. In the evening we had a joint dinner to get to...

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EAGLE Internships

On Monday, 24th of September, at 1pm the following internship reports will be presented: Bharath: "Installation and Characterization of an imaging Spectrometer for the UAV-based remote sensing" Johannes: "Crop classification based on S1/S2 in...

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