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Memorial colloquium in remembrance of Prof. Dr. Gunter Menz


Dear colleagues and friends,

in remembrance of Prof. Dr. Gunter Menz, who unexpectedly passed away on 9th of August after a severe accident, and to honor his work the Remote Sensing Research Group will organize a memorial colloquium at the Department of Geography of the University of Bonn on 18th of November. This day would have been his 60th birthday.
Due to this occasion we would kindly like to invite you to this event.

As professor for remote sensing at the University of Bonn he established collaborations all over the world and was not only an outstanding professor, mentor, colleague and friend but also a passionate researcher always eager to improve international research and raise awareness for the importance of remote sensing.

With the title “The Future of Earth Observation” a consortium of international researchers in the field of remote sensing who accompanied the research career of Prof. Dr. Gunter Menz will give insights in their work and future perspectives.

Prelininary Programme
Date: 18th of November 2016
Time: 9.30 AM – 5.30 PM
Place: Geozentrum, University of Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 176, 53115 Bonn

Presentations and speeches by
Jörg Bendix, Professor at the Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing, University of Marburg, Germany
Christopher Conrad, Professor at the Department for Geography and Geology, University of Würzburg, Germany
Olena Dubovyk, Scientific Coordinator of the Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, Bonn, Germany
Klaus Greve, Professor at the Department of Geography, Bonn, Germany
Matthew Hansen, Professor at the Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland (UMD), USA
Joachim Hill, Professor and Head of the Environmental Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Department, University of Trier, Germany
Michael Hoch, Professor at Life & Medical Sciences-Institut and Rector of the University of Bonn, Germany Bianca Hoersch, Sentinel-2 Mission Manager at the European Space Research Institute of the European Space Agency, Frascati, Italy
Patrick Hostert, Professor at the Department of Geography, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Vanessa Keuck / Gerald Braun, German Aerospace Center Space Administration, Bonn, Germany
Britta Klagge, Professor and Executive Director at the Department of Geography, Bonn, Germany Klaus Komp, Chairman of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories, Münster, Germany
Eberhard Parlow, Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences, University Basel, Switzerland
Uwe Rascher, Professor at the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Dar Roberts, Professor at the Earth Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA
Kathrin Weise, Scientific Coordinator, Jena-Optronik GmbH, Jena, Germany
Matthias Winiger, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Geography and former Rector of the University of Bonn, Germany

We are looking forward to welcoming you.



Andreas Rienow
On behalf of the Remote Sensing Research Group (RSRG) and the Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL)



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.








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. 



Latest Publications

  • Muro, J., Canty, M., Conradsen, K., Hüttich, C., Nielsen, A., Skriver, H., Remy, F., Strauch, A., Thonfeld, F. and G. Menz (2016): ‘Short-Term Change Detection in Wetlands Using Sentinel-1 Time Series’, Remote Sensing, 2016, 8, 10, p. 795
  • 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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