Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Earth Observation Lab


Current projects

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Logo of the framework Foundations of workflows for large-scale scientific Data Analysis (FONDA)

Earth observing satellites play an important role in the study of climate and human impacts on the land system, but the ever increasing amount of data poses new challenges to scientists. Within the framework of FOuNdations of workflows for large-scale scientific Data Analysis (FONDA) we join efforts with computer scientists to improve portability, adaptability and dependability of our remote-sensing specific big data workflows for analysing the effects of extreme weather events on forest and agricultural land in Europe. More...

Logo of the Climate and Water under Change project - CliWaC

Altered water availability and related extreme events such as droughts strongly affect the state of ecosystems as well as their ecosystem functions and services. As member of the Einstein Research Unit Climate and Water under Change (CliWaC), the EOLab will develop and apply remote sensing methods to quantify spatial and temporal feedbacks between water availability and ecosystem properties. More...

conifer forest

With the more frequent occurrence of heat waves and droughts, the need for research into prevention and monitoring of forest fires is increasing. The aim of the project is the development of remote sensing methods and products for the spatially explicit representation of forest fire risk and the monitoring of forest fires in Germany. For this purpose, remote sensing based information will be collected and statistically evaluated together with meteorological data. More...

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Pastures support a large variety of ecosystem services, yet they only account for a small share of grasslands in Germany. Within GreenGrass, we analyze high-resolution Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 time series to enable the use of innovative management technologies such as virtual herding and fencing. Thereby, GreenGrass aims to develop a management system that balances economic requirements, the provision of ecosystem services and consumer needs. More...

Material Stocks accumulation in progress

Quantifying anthropogenic material stocks (e.g. how much concrete is allocated in the landscape) from Earth observation imagery (Sentinel-1/2) and from globally available databases (e.g. OpenStreetMap) is our focus. We target several national-scale, wall-to-wall cases, ranging from small (e.g. Austria and UK) to large countries (e.g. USA and India). More...

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Landsat Science Team

Within the five year period of the newly formed Landsat Science Team (2018-2023) our research focus is on "Synergies between future Landsat and European satellite missions, from land cover to land use". For the period 2018-2023, the Landsat Science Team provides technical and scientific input to USGS and NASA on issues critical to the success of the Landsat program. This Landsat Science Team has the goal to ensure that Landsat 9 data, and relevant data from future Landsat missions are completely integrated with past Landsat data for the purpose of meeting the needs of current users and enabling new applications.

EnMap project satellite image - agriculture and forest
EnMAP Spaceborne Spectroscopy Mission

The forthcoming Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) is a German hyperspectral satellite mission. The Earth Observation Lab contributes to the scientific preparation of the EnMAP mission through our participation in the EnMAP Science Advisory Group (EnSAG), the EnMAP Core Science Team (ECST), and the EnMAP-Box project. More...