Our research activities are divided into three major topics:

LiDAR Remote Sensing (LiDARLab)

The LiDAR research groups contributes to establishing laser scanning as a helpful tool in environmental sciences. Its research focuses on both basic processing of data as well as information extraction from high dimensional datasets. The LiDARLab is currently active in both the biosphere and cryosphere.

Radar Remote Sensing (SARLab)

The SAR team works mainly on the development of processing techniques for spaceborne and airborne SAR data. Main areas of research are image focussing and calibration, polarimetric and interferometric processing as well as application oriented research.

Spectroscopy (SpectroLab)

Our mission is to further advance fundamental research in imaging spectrometry and imaging spectroscopy related to environmental analysis on local, regional and global scales. In particular our emphasis is to strengthen spectroscopic data analysis in terms of enhanced calibration, multi-directionality, and (pre-)processing. Application development is supported using these techniques in view of derivation of bio-geophysical and bio-geochemical parameters relevant for environmental analysis.

Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing (TIRLab)

The TIR team focuses on thermal infrared remote sensing across scales and spheres. Main areas of research include directionality effects in 3D canopies and over cryospheric features, improvement of land surface water temperatures of alpine lakes as well as the characterisation of land surface energy fluxes in the Siberian tundra. 
All activities of the TIR team are currently centred around the Trishna T-SEC project funded through the ESA Prodex scheme and contributing to the Indian-French high spatio-temporal TRISHNA mission (Thermal infraRed Imaging Satellite for High-resolution Natural resource Assessment).

PhD projects

Take a look at the current list of ongoing and successfully completed PhD theses.


You can find here an overview of scientific publications of our division.