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Write your Thesis in Remote Sensing!

You specialised or want to specialise in remote sensing and are now seeking inspiration for a topic to write your Bachelor's or Master's thesis?

Or you already have your own ideas and want to learn if that fits a remote sensing thesis?

Besides contacting one of your Geomatics course instructors or one of our staff (which is always a good option), you can find some of our currently available thesis topics and examples of good practice seminar reports, papers and theses here.

Here you also find examples of good practice seminar reports, papers and theses to provide you with a better idea of e.g. structuring such work appropriately.


Theses propositions

Please do not hesitate to develop own ideas and questions!

 Bachelor's Theses



B.Sc. Land-use and Land-cover change around the former military area “Wünsdorf” in Brandenburg:
Using remote sensing and ancillary GIS-data to assess changes within and in the surrounding of the military area “Wünsdorf” between 1900 and 2014.
more information Jan Knorn, Patrick Griffiths, Matthias Held

 Master's Theses



M.Sc. Armed conflicts and development aid: land-use change in Northern Afghanistan 2001-2015: Understanding land use changes and the role of violent incidents and international development aid in Northern Afghanistan between 2001 and 2015 using Landsat imagery. more information Benjamin Jakimow, Matthias Baumann
M.Sc. Developing a radiometric normalization approach using decadal MODIS normalized reflectance data and stable targets as an alternative to absolute atmospheric correction. more information

Patrick Griffiths, Dirk Pflugmacher


 Bachelor's or Master's Theses



B.Sc./ M.Sc. Mapping urban composition in semi-arid areas with intra-annual time
series of S-1 and S-2 data
more information Sebastian van der Linden, Akpona Okujeni
B.Sc./ M.Sc. Mapping imperviousness across multiple European cities (using a
universal regression model)
more information Sebastian van der Linden, Akpona Okujeni
B.Sc./ M.Sc. Multi-seasonal vegetation signals in HySpIRI/EnMAP data more information Sebastian van der Linden, Akpona Okujeni

B.Sc./ M.Sc.

How forests change in the Berlin-Brandenburg region: Better understanding climate adaption measures in forest management from satellite data

more information Patrick Hostert, Dirk Pflugmacher

B.Sc./ M.Sc.

Bestimmungsgründe für Ackerflächen- und Eigentumsstückelung in Brandenburg und/oder Sachsen-Anhalt more information

Daniel Müller, Tobias Kümmerle

B.Sc./ M.Sc.

Quantification of fire incidence in mainland Southeast Asia more information

Daniel Müller, Tobias Kümmerle

B.Sc./ M.Sc.

Berechnung von Biomassepotenzialen in Russland und/oder der Ukraine und/oder Kasachstan

more information

Daniel Müller, Florian Schierhorn

 Good Practice Examples

Looking for an example for good seminar papers, Bachelor's or Master's Theses? Below you find student's papers that will be able to inspire you concerning paper structure, layout or writing questions.

Remote Sensing of Pasture Degradation Processes in Southern Pará: Woody Encroachment Trajectories from Landsat TM and ETM+ Data (1984 - 2012)

This Master's Thesis proves that students can contribute to current research projects in a very direct way. Philippe analyses pasture vegetation structures using an annual Landsat time series in the Brazilian Amazon, linking pasture establishment and woody vegetation cover with political impact factors.

Potential of a multi seasonal spectral mixture analysis using Landsat imagery for detecting urbanization patterns in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

This Bachelor's Thesis evaluates a method of a multi seasonal spectral mixture analysis on Landsat imagery for generating sub-pixel information. This method is particularly adequate in regions featuring dry and rain seasons. Franz applies it to detect gradual urbanization processes in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Forest Structure and Land Use Change in the Bieszczady Mountains

This seminar paper classifies the development of forest populations in the border triangle of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine since 1860. Using field measurements, species compositions and forest structure were analysed in eight forest patches complemented by historic maps.

Räumliche Interpolation des
durchschnittlichen Jahresniederschlages im

This work discusses approaches for precipitation modelling in the Harz mountain range using inversed distance weighting interpolation. It gives a very structured insight in applied modelling in natural sciences including a detailed reflection of the work flow. It combines different data sets and adapts its method to regional particularities.

Mapping impervious urban surfaces using regression analysis on synthetic hyperspectral EnMAP data

This seminar project works on an algorithm for mapping urban imperviousness based on multiple regression analysis using R. It uses simulated data of the future hyperspectral EnMAP satellite trying to model sub-pixel information by synthetically mixed training data of reference surfaces.

Grassland intensity in the Polish and Slovakian Carpathians - A methodological classification approach

This project study develops a classification method for highly heterogeneous grassland surfaces in the Polish and Slovakian Carpathians using field and remote sensing approaches. It makes use of sophisticated methods of remote sensing and spatial statistics without neglecting political questions of land reform and agrarian policy.

Qualitative Veränderung der Baumbestände in der Jungfernheide (Brandenburg, Deutschland) über die Jahre 1777, 1857 und 2013 This seminar paper reconstructs historic land use patterns in the state of Brandenburg. It uses elaborate methods of geo referencing and analyses changes in tree populations since 1777. Christoph implements historic geodata into GIS and finds out that regional populations of beeches and pines decreased considerably within the last 250 years.

Further examples of Bachelor's and Master's Theses will follow soon! Check regularly!