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Remote Sensing Colloquium, Spring 2021

GEO 441.1: Colloquium in Remote Sensing

The colloquium in remote sensing focuses on a variety of remote sensing related topics, or - alternatively - on works showing potential to be used in collaboration with remote sensing based approaches. It serves the purpose of broadening the view on remote sensing related topics as well as fostering international contacts and cooperation. 

The colloquium intends to address students, staff and visitors interested in remote sensing and related topics. The format of the colloquium is a presentation (approx. 30 - 60 min.), followed by a discussion of approximately 15 min.

The presentation and discussion language is English.

The colloquium forms part of the MSc curriculum and is embedded in the module GEO 441 (Specialization in Remote Sensing).

The colloquium takes place in the spring semester (FS2021) and starts on February 23rd on Tuesday at 14:00 (CET). Note that most presentations will start at 14:00, whereas some will start at 17:00 (due to the time shift at the presenters location). This year all presentations will take place online via this zoom link: (passcode: 123456).
Participation is mandatory for RSL staff and registered students.

Spring Semester 2021

Date/time Speaker Title Affiliation
23.Feb.21 2 pm student meeting Students-only gathering to introduce to the Remote Sensing Colloquium. Participation mandatory.  
02.Mar.21 2 pm Gerrit Kuhlmann The Copernicus CO₂ Monitoring (CO2M) mission - Space Component of the European CO₂ Emission Monitoring and Verification Support System EMPA
09.Mar.21 2 pm Miina Rautiainen From needles to landscapes: understanding forest spectra at different scales Aalto University
16.Mar.21 2 pm Dudu Meireles Seeing leaf spectra in light of evolution University of Maine
23.Mar.21 2 pm Joanne Nightingale Satellite validation with a Metrology perspective: Fiducial Reference Measurements (FRM) for vegetation NPL
30.Mar.21 2 pm Anna Schweiger Dimensions of biodiversity - A spectroscopic view UZH
06.Apr.21   Easter holidays - no colloquium  
13.Apr.21 2 pm Simon Trim Spectral calibration, spectral response function shapes and related uncertainties UZH
20.Apr.21 2 pm Zhaoju Zheng Estimating functional traits at individual tree and pixel level by remote sensing UZH
27.Apr.21 2 pm Fanny Petibon Investigating species traits with leaf-based spectral measurements UZH


2 pm

Vincent Humphrey Remote sensing of droughts and their impact on terrestrial ecosystems UZH
11.May.21 5 pm Laura Williams Spectral detection of biodiversity effects on forest ecosystem function UMN
18.May.21 2 pm Stephen Howell Large-scale Arctic sea ice motion from Sentinel-1 and the RADARSAT Constellation Mission Environment Canada
25.May.21 5 pm Bernd Scheuchl Remote Sensing of Polar Regions UCI
01.Jun.21 5 pm Franz Mayer The Alaska Satellite Facility: Radar-based Earth Observation from the Center of Alaska UAF

Remote Sensing Colloquium, Spring 2020

GEO 441.1: Colloquium in Remote Sensing

Spring Semester 2020

Date Speaker Title Affiliation
18.02.2020 student meeting Students-only gathering to introduce to the Remote Sensing Colloquium. Participation mandatory.  
25.02.2020 Richard Gloaguen Operational multiscale imaging spectroscopy for mineral mapping HZDR
03.03.2020 Daphne Stam  Polarimetry as a tool for characterising Solar System planets and exoplanets TU Delft
10.03.2020 Tuuli Soomets  Retrieving phytoplankton primary production in lakes from remote sensing data. ETIS
17.03.2020 Julian Fagir Change Detection between High-Resolition Airborne SAR and RGB Data RSL
24.03.2020 Gustau Camps-Valls Cancelled UV
31.03.2020 Julia Joswig Global signals in plant traits RSL
07.04.2020 Gustau Camps-Valls

Advances in Machine Learning for Earth Observation

14.04.2020 Osterferien  -    
21.04.2020 Cristina Ananasso Copernicus: Europe's eyes on Earth EC
28.04.2020 Zoran Sjanic


05.05.2020 Fatima Karbou


12.05.2020 Lars Opgenoorth


19.05.2020 Michael Berger


26.05.2020 Monica Garcia Mapping vegetation function: Synergies between optical, thermal and photogrammetry information DTU

Remote Sensing Colloquium, Spring 2019

GEO 441.1: Colloquium in Remote Sensing

Spring Semester 2019

Date Speaker Title Affiliation


student meeting

Students-only gathering to introduce to the Remote Sensing Colloquium. Participation mandatory.  

Keith Morrison

Earth Observation Using Ground-Based and Near-Ground SAR Systems



Astrid Bracher

A detailed view from space: towards a global assessment of phytoplankton diversity


Valerie Pasquarella

Mapping past, present and future forests: Towards a stakeholder-driven multi-scale regional Forest Observatory



no colloquium


Gillian Milani

Observing water flow alteration on alluvial vegetation



Jean-Baptiste Feret

Modeling leaf optical properties for the remotely sensed estimation of leaf traits and beyond

09.04.2019 Jeremie Mouginot Monitoring rapidly changing ice-sheets IGE

Duccio Rocchini

Biodiversity from space: real power and minotaurs

University of Trento


no colloquium - Easter holiday week


30.04.2019 Christian Rossi From local to regional: Functional diversity in differently managed alpine grasslands CHNP

Maarten Eppinga

Putting ecological models to the test: a snapshot approach


Emiliano Casalini

Imaging of Ground Moving Targets in Airborne SAR Data



Vladimir Wingate

Estimating aboveground woody biomass change in Kalahari woodland: combining field, radar, and optical data sets RSL

Camilla Brekke

Remote sensing of marine pollution by synthetic aperture radar


Remote Sensing Colloquium, Spring 2018

GEO 441.1: Colloquium in Remote Sensing

Spring Semester 2018

Date Speaker Title Affiliation


student meeting

Students-only gathering to introduce to the Remote Sensing Colloquium. Participation mandatory.  

Meinrad Abegg

The quest for truth - about sampling theory, forests and terrestrial laserscanning


Jonas Böhler

From Pictures to Land Cover Maps - Classification of Field Crops Based on UAV Data RSL

Anna Hogg

Earth observation of the cryosphere: Hot topics in glaciology University of Leeds

Helene Oriot

Airborne high-resolution SAR images and applications

27.03.2018 Chengxiu Li

Combined effects of human activities and environmental variables on vegetation traits in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau


03.04.2018 - no colloquium - Easter holiday week  
10.04.2018 Daniel Kükenbrink Measuring the aura of a tree: The impact of an isolated tree on the surrounding surface irradiance field. RSL
17.04.2018 Erfan Haghighi Linking pore- and landscape-scale processes towards improved estimation of land-atmosphere exchanges near the Earth’s critical zone EAWAG
24.04.2018 Christine Gommenginger Microwave remote sensing of the ocean

National Oceanography Centre 

01.05.2018 - no colloquium - national holiday  

Marion Pfeifer

Mapping and predicting ecosystem functions and services under environmental changes Newcastle University
15.05.2018 Kirsten Thonicke

Ecological sorting, plant competition and trait diversity: understanding forest dynamics using a dynamic global vegetation model

22.05.2018 Mirco Migliavacca Combining flux measurements and earth observations to diagnose ecosystem functions and essential biodiversity variables MPI
29.05.2018 Florence Tupin

Processing and analysis of multi-temporal SAR series and applications to urban areas



RSL’s Master Students Concept Colloquium

Date: 27.10.2017

Time: 09:00-12:00

Location: Y21-F-65 Theatersaal


Manuel Luck - “Biomass Estimations in a Forest -
Comparing UAVLS and TLS Point Clouds”
09:00-9.30 Ewa Czyz - “Detecting intra-specific genetic variation in the Laegern temperate forest using airborne imaging spectroscopy time series.”
09:30-10.00 Isabelle Helfenstein - “Quantifying functional diversity variations of physiological forest traits between different spatial scales and optical sensors.”
10.00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11.00 Joan Sturm - “Extraction of general flowering metrics in Malaysian Borneo using optical indices on satellite data.”
11.00-11:30 Tobias Klee - “Point to area extrapolation of phenocam data at biodiversity test sites.”


Bernhard Sassik - “Quantifying Grassland Degradation in the Borena Zone (Ethiopia) between 1980’s and 2016 using the Google Earth Engine.”

Remote Sensing Colloquium, Spring 2017

GEO 441.1: Colloquium in Remote Sensing

Spring Semester 2017

Date Speaker Title Affiliation


Stéphane Jacquemoud

Optical remote sensing of multi-scale surface roughness: 

A theoretical and experimental approach


Jan Wegner

Large-scale Geospatial Computer Vision: 

Cities, Point Clouds, Trees



no colloquium


Jing Xie

The influence of snow accumulation on alpine vegetation:

A case study in the European Alps


Silvia Garbari

From observations to environmental physics: 

Radiance based retrieval of vegetation parameters using combined models and MCMC

28.03.2017 Donato Amitrano

New perspectives for multitemporal SAR data analysis:

Representation, understanding, and products

Uni Napoli
04.04.2017 Alexandra Messerli Remote sensing of the Cryosphere with focus on velocity mapping Norwegian Polar Institut
11.04.2017 Laura Duncanson

How much carbon is stored in Earth's forests? 

What we know, what we don't, and what we will know soon.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
18.04.2017   no colloquium  
25.04.2017 Elias Mendez Change detection with SAR data RSL
02.05.2017 Daniela Braun Remote sensing-based ecosystem service mapping: From instantaneous to continuous ecosystem monitoring RSL

Ansgar Kahmen

Plant and ecosystem responses to hydrological changes Uni Basel
16.05.2017 Eija Honkavaara

Close-range hyperspectral 3D UAV remote sensing:

A photogrammetric approach

Finnish Geospatial Research
23.05.2017 Sanne Diek

Soil properties from the air: 

How to optimise airborne soil spectroscopy

30.05.2017 Anny Cazenave

Space observations for monitoring climate change:

A focus on sea level rise



EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy

The 10th EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy took place at UZH from 19-21 April 2017