MSc Topics

Introduction

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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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

Mapping Saxauls (tree species) in the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area

The objective of this thesis is to map saxauls (Haloxylon ammodendron) in the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area system using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data.
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Christian Rossi

Snow Depth Time Series

Main objective of this master thesis is the analysis of snow depth variations in the Swiss Alps (Davos region) based on time series from drone acquisitions and ground station measurements.
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Hendrik Wulf

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 optical data using the Google Earth Engine
Hendrik Wulf