MSc Topics


Master students interested in writing a thesis in remote sensing are very welcome to approach us to discuss their ideas and suggestions. In general, you should think about your interests, the skills you like to acquire and potential career paths. You should be excited about your topic, as you'll work on it for some months. Just pass by and talk with us about themes you find fascinating, interesting, or simply fun. For your inspiration, we occasionally advertise for specific Master theses. You can find these calls for Master theses below.

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Thermal anisotropy in land surface temperature measurements

The main objective of this MSc thesis is to measure and understand the thermal anisotropy of various surface types and to build up a database
of Bidirectional Temperature Distribution Function (BTDF) measurements.
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Jennifer Adams

Mapping urban heat hotspots and vegetation distributions

The main objective of this MSc thesis is to quantify spatial and temporal variations in urban surface temperatures and vegetation.
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Hendrik Wulf

Performance of satellite-, drone-based and terrestrial estimation for vegetation season on-set in the Swiss Alps

The main objective of this MSc thesis is to assess vegetation health based on its phenology using satellite, drone and terrestrial image data.
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Claudia Röösli

Towards understanding glacier mass balances

The main objective of this MSc thesis is to quantify spatial and temporal variation in glacier snow cover extent, albedo and surface temperatures and relate these changes to existing glacier mass balance information.
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Kathrin Naegeli

Plant Functional Diversity of Grasslands

The objective of this thesis is to map Plant Functional Diversity of Grasslands in the Swiss National Park using Imaging Spectroscopy Data.
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Christian Rossi

Adaptation to stress in an aquatic plant

This project aims to understand how aquatic communities respond to novel environmental conditions induced by global change.
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Sofia van Moorsel

Effects of summer drought on phenology and leaf reflectance in beech tree saplings

This project aims to understand how genetic diversity in the form of different provenances and seed families affects traits of European beech trees in a common environment.
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Sofia van Moorsel

Spectral imaging within the forest matrix

The objective of this thesis is to evaluate different sensors that could be used on lightweight drones, collect spectral measurements within the forest matrix and calibrate/compare the output to laboratory measurement of vegetation properties.
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Mathias Kneubühler

APEX Vicarious Calibration/Validation

This master thesis aims at establishing an automated method for vicarious calibration of APEX data for scenes where no ground validation sets exist. If you are interested, please see the thesis announcement for more information.
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Andy Hueni

This master thesis aims to assess the impact of the dual instrument setup against traditional methods under different environmental conditions (illumination, proximity of adjacent objects).
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Andy Hueni

Terrestrial LiDAR for forest monitoring

In this MSc, TLS and field data will be collected and the correlation between the ecological value of tree stems and the variations of its surfaces will be analyzed.
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Felix Morsdorf

Further potential topics

Laser remote sensing of vegetation

Felix Morsdorf

Analyzing polarimetric signatures of natural and man-made objects in high-resolution airborne SAR data

Daniel Henke
Deriving structure and moisture information of forests from multi-frequency SAR data

Daniel Henke

Analyzing the variability of the ITCZ signal and comparing it with climate and vegetation indices in the tropics

Daniel Henke

Spectroscopic Data Calibration and Validation
Andy Hueni

Imaging spectroscopy of ecosystems in the Swiss National Park
Mathias Kneubühler

Wet snow cover estimation from SAR backscatter time series
David Small

Time-series analysis of SAR backscatter
David Small

Geometric calibration of SAR sensors
David Small

Image-based fusion of SAR and optical remote sensing data
Adrian Schubert

Time series analysis of land surfaces using the Google Earth Engine
Hendrik Wulf