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Strauch, Adrian

Senior researcher

Research interests:
  • Wetlands
  • Earth Observation
  • Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)
  • Co-Creation of Information and Knowledge
  • Sustainable Development
  • Science-Policy-Interaction
  • Multidisciplinary Cooperation and Research
Study Areas:
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Global
  • Since 06/2015 Researcher at ZFL
  • 02/2013 – 09-2015 Researcher in the Environmental and Geomorphological Research Group (Prof. Dr. Richard Dikau), University of Bonn
  • 10/2012 Diploma in Geography
  • 08/2009-10/2012 Student Assistant, Environmental and Geomorphological Research Group (Prof. Dr. Richard Dikau)
  • 2006-2012 Studies of Geography at University of Bonn (Minor Subjects: soil science, archaeology)

  • Earth Observation and the Sustainable Development Goals (BSc Project Seminar)
  • GIS und Fernerkundung im Katastrophenmanagement (MSc Seminar)
  • Umweltmonitoring (MSc Seminar)
Current projects:
Closed projects:
  • SWOS
  • “Realization of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems” (BMVI funded project)
  • DeMo-Wetlands
Other activities:
  • Since 2016 Co-Lead of GEO-Wetlands Initiative (
  • Since 2013 Member of the German Group on Earth Observations (D-GEO)
  • Since 2013 participation in the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) (
Recent publications:


  • Strauch, A. (2012) (unpublished): Kohlenstoffspeicherung in Kolluvien (Carbon storage in colluvial soils). Diploma thesis, Department of Geography, University of Bonn.


    • Muro, J., Varea, A., Strauch A., Guelmami A., Fitoka E., Thonfeld F., Diekkrüger B. &  B. Waske (2020): Multitemporal optical and radar metrics for wetland mapping at national level in Albania. Heliyon, 6(8).
    • Weise, K., Höfer, R., Franke, J., Guelmami, A., Simonson, W., Muro, J., O’Connor, B., Strauch, A., Flink, S., Eberle, J., Mino, E., Thulin, S., Philipson, P., Van Vvalkengoed, E., Truckenbrodt, J., Zander, F., Sánchez, A., Schröder, C., Thonfeld, F., Fitoka, E., Scott, E., Ling, M., Schwarz, M., Kunz, I., Thürmer, G., Plasmeijer, A., & L. Hilarides. (2020): Wetland extent tools for SDG 6.6.1 reporting from the Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS). Remote Sensing of Environment, 247, p. 111892
    • Muro, J., Strauch, A., Fitoka, E., Tompoulidou, M. & F. Thonfeld (2019): Mapping wetland dynamics with SAR-based change detection in the cloud. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 1–4.
    • Stantoro, M., Andres, V., Jirka, S., Koike, T., Looser, U., Nativi, S., Pappenberger, F., Schlummer, M., Strauch, A., Utech, M., Zsoter, E. (2018): Interoperability challenges in river discharge modelling: A cross domain application scenario. Computers & Geosciences 115, 66-74.
    • Perennou, C., Guelmami, A., Paganini, M., Philipson, P., Poulin, B., Strauch, A., Tottrup, C. & Truckenbrodt, J., Geijzendorffer, I. R. (2018): Mapping Mediterranean Wetlands With Remote Sensing: A Good-Looking Map Is Not Always a Good Map. Advances in Ecological Research, Volume 58, p. 243-277. doi: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2017.12.002
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Lawford, R., Strauch, A., Toll, D., Fekete, B. and Cripe, D. (2013): Earth observations for global water security. In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5 (6), 633-643.


    • Strauch, A., Geller, G., Grobicki, A., Hilarides, L., Muro, J., Paganini, M., Weise, K.  (2016): Towards a Global Wetland Observation System. Proc. ‘Living Planet Symposium 2016’, Prague, Czech Republic, 9–13 May 2016 (ESA SP-740, August 2016)


    • Strauch, A. (2017): DeMo-Wetlands – Copernicus-based Detection and Monitoring of Wetlands. (European GEO Workshop, Helsinki, Finland)
    • Strauch, A., Grobicki, A., Paganini, M., Hilarides, L., Weise, K., Eberle, J. (2017): GEO-Wetlands - A new framework for collaborative mapping and monitoring of global wetlands. (ISRSE-37, Pretoria, South Africa)
    • Strauch, A., Grobicki, A., Paganini, M., Hilarides, L., Weise, K., Eberle, J., Muro, J. (2017): Collaborative development of a Global Wetlands Observation System. (ISRSE-37, Pretoria, South Africa)
    • Strauch, A. (2016): The GEO-Wetlands Initiative. (GEO BON Open Science Conference, Leipzig, Germany)
    • Strauch, A., Flink, S., Fujimoto, N., Geller, G., Grobicki, A., Hilarides, L., Muro, J., Paganini, M., Rosenqvist, A., Weise, K. (2016): Towards a Global Wetland Observation System. (ESA Living Planet Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic)
    • Strauch, A., Schröder, C., Hilarides, L. (2015): Wetlands and the W-E-F nexus: the co-creation of satellite-based information and knowledge for enabling sustainable use of wetlands. (Future Earth – Water-Energy-Food Nexus Workshop, Karlsruhe, Germany)
    • Strauch, A. (2014): GEOWOW - Examples of improving the functionality of water information systems. (Water Strategy Meeting at the GEO-X Plenary and Ministerial Summit Week, Geneva, Switzerland)
    • Strauch, A., Hoffmann, T., Nyenhuis, M. (2013): Water Quality and Sediment Fluxes - Capabilities, Limitations and Future Prospects of Earth Observation Systems. (International Conference: "Water in the Anthropocene", Bonn, Germany)


    • Strauch, A., Hilarides, L., Paganini, M. (2017): GEO-Wetlands. (GEO Week 2017, Washington D.C., USA)
    • Strauch, A., Röse, M., Amler, E., Thonfeld, F., Greve, K., Franke, J., Cornish, N., Kirmaier, S. (2017): Copernicus-based Detection and Monitoring of Tropical Wetlands in Rwanda. The DeMo-Wetlands project as contribution to Global Land Cover Mapping efforts. (WorldCover 2017, Frascati, Italy)
    • Strauch, A., Amler, E., Franke, J., Menz, G. (2016): Copernicus-based Detection and Monitoring of tropical wetlands – an introduction to the DeMo-Wetlands project. (GEO European Projects Workshop, Berlin, Germany)
    • Strauch, A., Cripe, D., Greb, S., Lawford, R., Schlummer-Held, M. (2014): Towards a Global Sediment Information System. (ICCE 2014 Sediment Dynamics - From the Summit to the Sea, New Orleans, USA)
    • Strauch, A. & M. Schlummer (2014): Realization of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems - Potential uses and benefits of GEO and GEOSS for hydrology. (GEO-X Plenary and Ministerial Summit, Geneva, Switzerland)


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