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Department of Geography

Remote Sensing

Welcome to the Remote Sensing (RS) group at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich! Together with Earth System Science (ESS), Remote Sensing of Water Systems (RSWS), and Spatial Genetics (SG) we make up the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL), which have a long and successful history in Zurich.

The RS group'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 RS, 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.

We support complete observing system approaches with our well-qualified scientists, our physical infrastructure (measurement instrumentation, processing facilities), and our information infrastructure (models, processors, spatial data infrastructure).

We use and propagate state-of-the-art methods, models and software in our training, supporting remote sensing education at the highest qualification levels.


  • "Everything is out of balance"

    How hard are the consequences of climate change hitting the people in the Swiss mountains? "SRF Impact" report from the Aletsch Glacier with some expert statements by glaciologist Kathrin Nägeli.

  • Genes from space

    Earth observation plays a crucial role in monitoring efforts to quantify biodiversity decline. Claudia Röösli and Meredith C. Schuman have now formed an International Space Science Institute International Team to leverage earth observation technologies to monitor essential genetic diversity.

  • Von Zürich aus ins All

    Weltraumforschung für Archäologen? Am Meeting der ESA-Departemente für Bildung und Kommunikation an der UZH wurde deutlich, wie attraktiv Weltraumforschung sein kann, nicht nur für Naturwissenschaftler:innen.

  • She Space International

    She Space International (SSI) is a unique, international educational program to introduce  14-16 year old girls to the exploration of our own Planet with the use of satellite data to promote interest in remote sensing.

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University of Zurich
Department of Geography
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich

Phone: +41 44 635 51 61 | +41 44 635 65 15
Fax: +41 44 635 68 48

Secretary's office: Y25 J 52
Opening hours secretariat: Monday - Friday from 09.00 - 12.00h