Universität Bonn

Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL)

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About Us

The Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (Zentrum für Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche - ZFL) is an interdisciplinary research center of the University of Bonn in the fields of remote sensing, earth observations, geoinformation sciences and spatial modelling. It has a strong focus on research for sustainable and responsible solutions, training, transfer and capacity building activities.

The ZFL supports the Research Profile Focus on Geomatics at the Department of Geography, especially through an intensive information and capacity exchange with its Remote Sensing Research Group (RSRG).

Events and Activities

UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference on Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management - "Early Warnings for All"

The UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference will be taking place from March 12-14, 2024 at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. Co-organized by UN-SPIDER (UNOOSA) and the ZFL (Bonn University), with support from DLR (German Aerospace-Center), the conference focuses on disaster monitoring and prevention in Africa, with an emphasis on early warning. Discussions on the crucial role of space-based technologies in early warning systems, aligning with global frameworks, will be part of the agenda. The presentations made by experts on the field will focus on advancements in Earth observation and foster exchange on the "Early Warnings for All" initiative launched by the UN Secretary-General in March 2022, aspiring for comprehensive early warning on a global scale by 2027.Registration is still open and free of charge. Please note that attendance needs to be self-funded.For more information and the registration-page, please visit:

coding copenicus Bonn


24th to 25th. August 2023

Invitation to everyone who wants to use their knowledge and skills to come up with new ideas for using satellite data. From the idea to the prototype - in just 24 hours.




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Fields of Research and Training Activities

  • Mapping of natural disaster risks and impacts (e.g., floods, droughts, wildfires) using remote sensing
  • Remote sensing based spatial monitoring of ecosystems (e.g., wetlands, grasslands, forests)
  • Land-cover (land-use) status mapping and change detection
  • Fusion of optical and radar satellite data in novel remote sensing detection techniques
  • Spatial analyses combining remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS)

Sensing Biodiversity Across Scales


 Spaceborne Earth Observation Applications for Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction

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