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EARSeL-Symposium in Bonn

The 36th EARSeL symposium was jointly organized under the direction of Prof. Gunter Menz and Prof. Klaus Greve by the Geography Department (GIUB) and the Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL), both belonging to the University of Bonn. Prof. Michael Hoch, the rector of the University of Bonn, delivered the opening speech of the symposium. In his speech he emphasized the basic aim of this scientific event, which stands for combining international top level research in the field of remote sensing and environmental monitoring, and having fruitful discussions about the symposium´s topic „Frontiers in Earth Observation”.

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Rector of the University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. Michael Hoch

Eight keynote speakers from NASA, ESA, DLR, German and Swiss research centers, as well as from the universities of Hongkong and Maryland, formed the frame for 25 special sessions with 129 presentations and 33 posters. Especially the "EARSeL Young Scientist Days" were very much appealing to the talented scientists, who had the chance to improve their studies in parallel and application-related workshops and excursions.


ZFL has become the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office

Since April 2016, the Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) has become the UN-SPIDER (United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response) Regional Support Office.

Further informations can be found here.


ZFL Workshop 2016

On 14th and 15th April 2016, ZFL´s  annual workshop was held in the Rote Saal at  University Bonn´s Geography Department. 28 participants coming also from external organizations, e.g. BICC, ICARDA (CGIAR) and BBK, have contributed to the successful outcome of this workshop. Here you can find the program of the ZFL Workshop 2016.

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Latest Publications

  • Ghazaryan, G.; Dubovyk, O.; Kussul, N. & G. Menz (2016): Towards an improved environmental understanding of land surface dynamics in Ukraine based on multi-source remote sensing time-series datasets from 1982 to 2013. Remote Sensing 2016, 8, 617.
  • Dubovyk, O.; Landmann, T.; Dietz, A. & G. Menz. (2016): Quantifying the impacts of environmental factors on vegetation dynamics over climatic and management gradients of central asia. Remote Sensing 2016, 8, 600.
  • Graw, V., Oldenburg, C. & O. Dubovyk (2016): Bush Encroachment Mapping for Africa: Multi-Scale Analysis with Remote Sensing and GIS (July 2016). ZEF - Center for Development Research University of Bonn, Discussion Paper No. 218. Available at SSRN:
  • Hentze, K., Thonfeld, F. & G. Menz (2016): Evaluating Crop Area Mapping from MODIS Time-Series as an Assessment Tool for Zimbabwe’s “Fast Track Land Reform Programme”. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0156630. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156630
  • Thonfeld, F., Feilhauer, H., Braun, M. & G. Menz (2016): Robust Change Vector Analysis (RCVA) for multi-sensor very high resolution optical satellite data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 50, 131-140, ISSN 0303-2434,
  • Kirimi, F., Kuria, D., Thonfeld, F., Amler, E., Mubea, K., Misana, S. and Menz, G. (2016): Influence of Vegetation Cover on the Oh Soil Moisture Retrieval Model: A Case Study of the Malinda Wetland, Tanzania. Advances in Remote Sensing, 5, 28-42. doi: 10.4236/ars.2016.51003.
  • J. A Schultz, C. Beck, G. Menz, B. Neuwirth, C. Ohlwein, and A. Philipp (2015): Sensitivity of proxies on non-linear interactions in the climate system  Scientific Reports, 5 (18560).
  • Kwon, Ho-Young; Nkonya, E.; Johnson, T.; Graw, V.; Kato, E.; Kihiu, E., 2016. Global Estimates of the Impacts of Grassland Degradation on Livestock Productivity from 2001 to 2011. in: Nkonya, E., Mirzabaev, A., von Braun, J. (Eds.), Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement – A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development. Springer International Publishing, pp. 261-290.

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Welcome to the Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL). We are an interdisciplinary center of the University of Bonn dedicated to research and teaching in the fields of remote sensing, geoinformation sciences and spatial modelling. Our objective is to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration within the University of Bonn and to foster high quality research activities.

Researchers from the following institutions are currently involved:


Spokesman: Klaus Greve



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