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Department of Geography Remote Sensing

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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Unveiling the Canopy: Potential and Limitations of Drone-Based Structure from Motion (SfM) in Forests

The primary objective of this research is to assess the potential of drone-based SfM methodologies in accurately characterizing different forest structures.
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Felix Morsdorf

Computer vision techniques for vehicle detection in SAR imagery

The objectives of this MSc thesis are to 1) evaluate performance of current computer vision methods, based on convolutional neural networks (CNNs), applied to optical imagery, and 2) adapt them for better performance when applied to SAR images.
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Elias Mendez

Linking leaf and canopy spectra in a beech seedling common garden experiment

This project aims to use existing datasets to find out whether canopy spectra and leaf
spectra are useful to predict the genetic variation within European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
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Sofia van Moorsel

Change Detection with Polarimetric SAR imagery

The objective of this MSc thesis is to investigate the current status and potential of polarimetric SAR for change detection purposes in urban and/or natural environments.
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Elias Mendez

The objective of this MSc thesis is to improve our understanding of land surface temperature changes and mid-term trends related to land cover and land cover changes. MSc candidates acquire skills in time series analysis and change detection using the Earth Engine while contributing to science on global warming.
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Hendrik Wulf

Extraction of phenotypic traits from virtual 3D assemblies of beech tree seedlings

This project aims to understand if the provenance of a tree affects its phenotype based on hundred beech saplings from all over Europe.
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Sofia van Moorsel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weiterführende Informationen

Interdisciplinary Master's thesis topics

Interested in doing an interdisciplinary Master's thesis at the Department of Geography? Have a look at the list of currently available topics involving two or more research divisions of the Department of Geography. 

Please note

The MSc thesis can be written either in English or in German, depending on the agreement with the supervisor(s).

Master's Thesis and Exam