RSL's central research goal is to advance understanding of the Earth system sciences using Earth observation methods. We achieve this by combining fundamental and applied research in the domain of remote sensing. Although our focus is on ground based, airborne and spaceborne remote sensing, we contribute at national and international levels to the conceptual development of Geography as an interdisciplinary science. Beyond this, not only physical and empirical approaches for observation systems are being developed at RSL, also the impact of the human dimension on regional, national and even global change is taken into account. This renders our research approaches policy and stakeholder relevant, enabling us to contribute to public discourse with a unique combination of remote measurements and cause-effect-relationships, including impacts of the human dimension on the Earth system.

Our research activities are divided into three major topics: