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ZFL Workshop 2017

On 1st June 2017, ZFL´s  annual workshop successfully took place in the Roter Saal at  University Bonn´s Geography Department. Overall 41 participants watched the presentations of this workshop.

ZFL Workshop 2017 - group photo

Here you can find the program of the ZFL Workshop 2017.


Obituary for Prof. Gunter Menz

ZFL announces that an obituary for Prof. Gunter Menz was published in Remote Sensing:

Thonfeld, F., Rienow, A., Dubovyk, O., Abdel-Hamid, A., Akpeokhai, A., Amler, E., Bareth, G., Basukala, A. K., Canty, M., Denich, M., Dobrzeniecki, T., Ferner, J., Flügel, H., Ghazaryan, G., Götz, E., Graw, V., Greve, K., Guuroh, R., Heinemann, S., Henning, T., Hentze, K., Hollberg, J. L., Kirimi, F., Kocherscheidt, S., Konermann-Krüger, B., Liu, D., Muro, J., Oldenburg, C., Ortwein, A., Piroska, R., Santos, F., Schellberg, J., Schultz, J., Schurr, U., Selg, F., Staar, K., Steinbach, S., Strauch, A., Szarzynski, J., Tewes, A., Thiong’o, K. B., Vetter, A., Wirkus, L. & U. Rascher (2017): In Memoriam: Gunter Menz. Remote Sensing; 9(3):274.



Gunter Menz

Wir trauern um unseren Doktorvater, Mentor, "Jefe", Kollegen und Freund

Prof. Dr. Gunter Menz

(+18.11.1956 ✝ 9.8.2016)

On 9th August 2016, Prof. Dr. Gunter Menz passed away after an accident. Gunter Menz studied geography and mathematics in Freiburg, Germany. He received his PhD degree from the University of Freiburg in 1987 and qualified as a professor in Bonn in 1993. He worked as a professor at the Universities of Mainz and Bonn. An often-mentioned and formative period of his scientific career was the time he spent as a visiting scientist at the University of California in Santa Barbara, USA. In 1996, Gunter became a professor for remote sensing at the University of Jena, Germany. Two years later, in 1998, he became a professor at the University of Bonn where he led the Remote Sensing Research Group (RSRG) at the Department of Geography. Together with two colleagues he founded the interdisciplinary Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) in 2001. From 2001 to 2010, Gunter was ZFL’s spokesman.
Africa, in particular East Africa, was always a matter of his heart. He often visited colleagues and friends in the region, raised funds for research projects in Africa, invited African scientists and was an open and committed host to many African students.
Gunter was a passionate geographer with heart and soul, driven by curiosity, taking every opportunity to visit unique and remote places and thus broaden his horizon. He was always able to give helpful advice, providing his students with huge freedom to pursue own scientific interests. His calm and friendly nature shaped the lives and careers of so many graduates. We will miss Gunter’s wisdom, his unconventional ideas, his inspiration.
In mourning we are grateful for the time we could share with Gunter and will remember him as a close and respected teacher, mentor and dear and valued friend.



Latest Publications

  • Graw, V.; Ghazaryan, G.; Dall, K.; Delgado Gómez, A.; Abdel-Hamid, A.; Jordaan, A.; Piroska, R.; Post, J.; Szarzynski, J.; Walz, Y. & O. Dubovyk (2017): Drought Dynamics and Vegetation Productivity in Different Land Management Systems of Eastern Cape, South Africa—A Remote Sensing Perspective. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1728.
  • Dubovyk, O. (2017): The role of Remote Sensing in land degradation assessments: opportunities and challenges. European Journal of Remote Sensing, 50, 601-613.
  • Leemhuis, C., Thonfeld, F., Näschen, K., Steinbach, S., Muro, J., Strauch, A., López, A., Daconto, G., Games, I. & B. Diekkrüger (2017): Sustainability in the Food-Water-Ecosystem Nexus: The Role of Land Use and Land Cover Change for Water Resources and Ecosystems in the Kilombero Wetland, Tanzania. Sustainability 9, 1513. doi:10.3390/su9091513.
  • Hentze, K., Thonfeld, F. & G. Menz (2017): Beyond trend analysis: How a modified breakpoint analysis enhances knowledge of agricultural production after Zimbabwe's fast track land reform, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Volume 62, October 2017, Pages 78-87, ISSN 0303-2434,

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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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