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

EAGLE excursion to DLR-EOC

Our 2017 EAGLEs spend a great day at DLR-EOC close to Munich and learnt a lot about applied remote sensing. Beside talks about a variety of topics did the EAGLE students also have the chance to discuss in small groups with DLR scientists their research or...

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new lecturer: Dr. Christian Huettich

 Dr. Christian Hüttich started working in October as lecturer at the Department of Remote Sensing at the University of Würzburg. Christian is teaching applied Earth observation and digital image analyses & GIS in the EAGLE graduate program. Christian is further...

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Winter term 2017 is about to start

While the "old" EAGLEs are spending their 3rd term doing internships or innovation laboratories in Italy, Portugal, Poland or Burkina Faso at various research organizations or companies, the new EAGLEs for the winter term 2017/2018 will be welcomed next week. The...

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Remote Sensing in Ecology

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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final course presentations

Our EAGLE students had to present their work as posters, reports or oral presentations at the end of the summer term and could show impressive achievements and results of small research projects.Some impressions of their oral and poster presentations can...

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First EAGLE Midsummer Dialogue

Beside participants from the University of Wuerzburg and the DLR, also many colleagues from companies and a variety of national and international research institutions joined this event. The midsummer dialogue was organized by the EAGLE students. The students were...

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