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ZFL Workshop

We kindly invite you to participate in this year´s ZFL Workshop (program).

When: 28th June 2018, 9-17 h

Where: GIUB, Department of Geography, Meckenheimer Allee 166, Roter Saal 

Please register by mail to

We are looking forward to seeing and discussing with you on this occasion. Please inform colleagues who might also be interested in attending the workshop.


SWOS Users’ Workshop

During January 16th and 18th 2018 SWOS organized in Munich a workshop to train users on the methodologies and application of its mapping products. Land managers, ecologists, hydrologists and engineers from several countries in Europe, Africa and Asia actively participated in the discussion with the rest of the SWOS team.

Advanced mapping products such as multi-temporal mapping, water quality, Land Surface Temperature and radar-based metrics were also presented in hands-on sessions along with examples of their practical applications. If you want to learn more about wetlands and our products visit our website or our web portal



Latest Publications

  • Muro, J., Strauch, A., Heinemann, A., Steinbach, S., Thonfeld, F., Waske, B. & B. Diekkrüger (2018): Land surface temperature trends as indicator of land use changes in wetlands. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Volume 70, Pages 62-71.
  • Perennou, C., Guelmami, A., Paganini, M., Philipson, P., Poulin, B., Strauch, A., Tottrup, C., Truckenbrodt, J. & I. R. Geijzendorffer (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
  • Abdel-Hamid, A.; Dubovyk, O.; Abou El-Magd, I. & G. Menz (2018): Mapping Mangroves Extents on the Red Sea Coastline in Egypt using Polarimetric SAR and High Resolution Optical Remote Sensing Data. Sustainability2018, 10, 646.
  • Löw, F., Prishchepov, A., Waldner, F., Dubovyk, O., Akramkhanov, A., Biradar, C. & Lamers, J. (2018): Mapping Cropland Abandonment in the Aral Sea Basin with MODIS Time Series. Remote Sensing, 10, 159.
  • Rienow A., Thonfeld F. & A. Valentin (2018): Landschaftsverbrauch und Klimaanpassung: der Blick über die Metropolregion hinaus. In: Flächenverbrauch in der Metropolregion Rheinland 1975–2030. essentials. Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden

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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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