14.07.2019 New publication


A paper on Remote Sensing of Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence (SIF) in Vegetation: 50 Years of Progress by G. Mohammed et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm has been published in Remote Sensing of Environment. Check this paper out, it is rather a compendium and will serve as reference document for many years!

02.07.2019 RSWS outreach


Alex Damm visited the Swiss Science Launch organized by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences at the World Conference of Scientific Journalists in Lausanne and talked about Water Systems Research from Space. The left picture was kindly provided by C. Appenzeller.

14-20.06.2019 RSWS joins ESA campaign


Liv Fritsche, Joan Sturm Alex Damm joined ESA’s FLEXSense campaign in Grosseto, Italy. This large European remote sensing campaign is in support of the development of ESA's next Earth Explorer satellite mission Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX). The campaign comprised various experiments including a water stress experiment in agricultural crops. We acquired intensive ground data parallel overflights with airborne sensors to eventually assess how crop transpiration was affected by water stress.

04.06.2019 RSWS contributes assessing drought impacts


The Arbeitskreis Ökosystemforschung by the GfÖ initiated a workshop to assess the impact of the 2018 drought on European forests. 30 scientists from universities and research institutions from Germany and Switzerland came together at the University of Basel to discuss the impacts of the 2018 events on European forests. Alex Damm contributed with insights from Earth observation data and tomography of gas exchange. Learn more about our discussions and conclusions here.

13-17.05.2019 RSWS Outreach


RSWS participated at ESA's Living Planet Symposium 2019 with two contributions: Remika Gupana presented her work on Retrieval of Sun-induced Fluorescence in Optically Complex Waters: A Cross Scale Comparison of Different Techniques Using Hyperspectral Measurements.

Alex Damm presented his work on Remote Sensing of Gas Exchange in Forest Ecosystems: A Tomographic Perspective.

22.04.2019 New publication

A new paper by M. Pilar Cendrero-Mateo et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm on Sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence III: Benchmarking retrieval methods and sensor characteristics for proximal sensing has been published in Remote Sensing.

16.04.2019 New publication

A new paper by Helge Aasen et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm on Sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence II: Review of passive measurement setups, protocols, and their application at the leaf to canopy level has been published in Remote Sensing.

12.04.2019 New publication

A new paper by Daniela Braun et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm on Ecosystem service change caused by climatological and non‐climatological drivers: A Swiss case study has been accepted in Ecological Applications.

10.04.2019 RSWS Outreach


RSWS participated in the EGU General Assembly 2019 with two contributions: Eugenie Paul-Limoges presented her work on Partitioning evapotranspiration with concurrent eddy covariance measurements in a mixed forest.

Erfan Haghighi presented his work on Reconciling photosynthesis and hydraulic models to predict stomatal behavior under emerging environmental conditions. Thanks a lot for your hard work!

03.04.2019 Installation of new spectrometer in Oensingen

FloX Box

We recently upgraded the Oensingen test site with high resolution pointing spectrometer (FloX) continuously measuring sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and other plant traits. With this, we contribute to the new SIF4WUE project that aims to improve measurements of plant transpiration for sustainable agricultural water use .

08.03.2019 RSWS Outreach


The full RSWS group and our colleagues from Eawag participated in the International Network Meeting on Remote Sensing of Terrestrial and Aquatic Fluorescence, held between 5-8 March in Davos. The event was a great success and jointly organized by ESA, Eawag and UZH. Check out the final programme!

27.02.2019 Congratulations

Eugenie Paul-Limoges won a PSC-Syngenta Fellowship. In the next one and a half years we will be collaborating with Nina Buchmann and Johan Six (both ETH) on "Improved measurements of plant transpiration for sustainable agricultural water use". Great success, congratulations!


20.02.2019 New publication

A new paper by Daniel Kückenbrink et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm on Mapping the Irradiance Field of a Single Tree: Quantifying Vegetation-Induced Adjacency Effects has been published in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

09.02.2019 New publication

A new paper by Simon Besnard et al. with contributions by Eugenie Paul-Limoges on the Memory effects of climate and vegetation affecting net ecosystem CO2 fluxes in global forests has been published in PlosOne.

07.02.2019 RSWS Outreach


Alexander Damm gave a talk entitled FLUOSPECCHIO: A spectral data base system in support of validation activities for the upcoming Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) mission at the 11th EARSeL Imaging Spectroscopy Workshop in Brno.