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 presentation by Karsten Wiertz

Karsten Wiertz will present his M.Sc. thesis on Wednesday 14th at 11am in room 0.004 KW 86 with the title "Development of a semi-automatic remote sensing approach for change- detection of forest structures in Bialowieza Forest." From the abstract: The diversity of...

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M.Sc. thesis defense by Sebastian Roersch

Sebastian Roersch will defend his thesis "Development of a semi-automated method to measure solar potential" next Wednesday (14th) at 10 am in 0.004 OKW 86. From his abstract: "In the second half of the 21st century, it will be decided how big the impact of climate...

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M.Sc. presentation by Marina Reiter

Marina Reiter will present her M.Sc. thesis "Comparing Urban Green Spaces in German Cities Using Remote Sensing Data" on Thursday 8th of August at 11am in OKW 86, 0.004. Looking forward to a great presentation and lively discussion afterwards. From her abstract: "The...

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EAGLE Summer Dialogue 2019

Our 2019 EAGLE Summer Dialogue was a great success again and thanks a lot to all our EAGLE students who organised it. More than 100 participants enjoyed talks by Sandra Lohberger (RSS GmbH) and Alfred Schumm (WWF) who covered beside the technical aspects of their work...

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Field Work Course 2019

Within the EAGLE program many Earth Observation applications and techniques are introduced and practically executed with quite some computer work. However, remote sensing research also requires a sound understanding of the study area. Field work is therefore a crucial...

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textbooks on remote sensing

Our already published textbook on "Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists - using Open Source software" was very well perceived and we got very positive feedback. However, either an introduction or more advanced methods and data was asked for as well. Hence, we decided...

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