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Department of Geography


06.12.2018 New publication

A new paper by Peiqi Yang et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm on Using reflectance to explain vegetation biochemical and structural effects on sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence was published in Remote Sensing of Environment.

01.11.2018 New staff


We warmly welcome Joan Tracy Sturm as new PhD student in our group. Joan will further advance understanding of ecosystem gas exchange using remote sensing.

27.10.2018 Inaugural Lecture


Alexander Damm gave his inaugural lecture entitled Water Scarcity: A Remote Sensing Perspective on Causes and Solutions at the exhibition "100 Ways of Thinking".

14.10.2018 New publication

A new paper by Eugenie Paul-Limoges et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm on Effect of environmental conditions on sun-induced fluorescence in a mixed forest and a cropland was published in Remote Sensing of Environment.

27.09.2018 RSWS Outreach


Alexander Damm gave a talk entitled Novel Earth Observation Approaches to Facilitate the Monitoring of SDG-6 Indicators at the EUROGEOSS Workshop 2018.

14.09.2018 Best poster award


Kazi Rifat Ahmed won the Best Poster Award for his poster Towards advanced estimates of ecosystem transpiration using multi-mission Sentinel satellite data at European Space Agencies  8th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing. Congratulations!

27.07.2018 RSWS Outreach


Alexander Damm gave a talk entitled Towards advanced retrievals of plant transpiration using sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence: first considerations at the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS2018.

17.07.2018 New publication

A new paper by our scientific collaboratorErfan Haghighi on The water footprint of water conservation using shade balls in California, published in Nature Sustainability.

19.06.2018 New publication

A new paper by Xinjie Liu et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm on Downscaling of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence from canopy level to photosystem level using a random forest model was published in Remote Sensing of Environment.

DallaPorta by Luca Fiorani 2018

Remika Gupana joins an international team of oceanographers from the  Italian National Research Council (CNR) to exploit possibilities to remotely measure phytoplankton fluorescence. Remika operates a fluorescence spectrometer system (FloX) at a research vessel cruising in the coastal area of Grosseto, Italy.

Field activities are related to FLEXSense, a large European remote sensing campaign to support the develpment of ESA's next Earth Explorer satellite mission Fluorescence Explorre (FLEX). FlexSense involves many teams from Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland undertaking intensive ground measurements, parallel overflights with airborne senors and tandem flights with both Sentinel 3-A and -B satellites. The picture was kindly provided by Luca Fiorani, 2018.

14.05.2018 RSWS outreach

Eugénie Paul-Limoges gave a talk on the Effect of Environmental Conditions on Sun-induced Fluorescence in a Mixed Forest and a Cropland at the American Meteorological Society’s Fourth Conference on Biogeosciences and a talk on Partitioning Water Vapour Fluxes with Concurrent Eddy Covariance Measurements in a Mixed Forest at the 33rd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

04.05.2018 Installation of new spectrometer

FloX Box

We recently upgraded the Laegeren test site with high resolution pointing spectrometer (FloX) continuously measuring sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and other plant traits. With this, we contribute to the AtmoFLEX network to support the development of the Fluorescence Explorer mission (FLEX).

01.05.2018 New staff

Remika Gupana

We warmly welcome Remika Gupana as new PhD student in our group. Remika is located at Eawag and will work on spectroscopic approaches to measure water quality and algae fluorescence.

01.04.2018 New associated group leader

Daniel Odermatt

We warmly welcome Dr. Daniel Odermatt as associated group leader! Daniel leads the Remote Sensing group at Eawag.

07.05.2018 New publication

A new paper by Alexander Damm et al. with contributions by Eugenie Paul-Limoges and Erfan Haghighi on Remote sensing of plant-water relations: An overview and future perspectives was published in Journal of Plant Physiology.

20.02.2018 New publication

A new paper by Roberto Colombo et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm on Variability of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence according to stand age-related processes in a managed loblolly pine forest was published in Global Change Biology.

19.02.2018 New BSc course on Remote Sensing of Water Systems

Spring semester 2018: RSWS launches a new BSc course on Remote Sensing of Water Systems GEO374. The module introduces remote sensing approaches to assess water in the Earth system with a particular focus on water quality, water cycling, and water use. Strategies based upon remote sensing to contribute tackling the societal problem of related to water (e.g. water scarcity) are outlined. The module combines lectures with project work. Lectures provide students with thorough understanding of water related problems and outlines recent developments in remote sensing technology and methodology to study water. Project work conveys important skills to design experiments, analyze data, and communicate obtained results via reports and presentations.

02.02.2018 New publication

A new paper by Daniela Braun et al. with contributions by Alexander Damm on Spatio-temporal trends and trade-offs in ecosystem services: An Earth observation based assessment for Switzerland between 2004 and 2014 was published in Ecological Indicators.

01.02.2018 New scientific collaborator

Erfan Haghighi

We warmly welcome Dr. Erfan Haghighi as scientific collaborator in our team. Erfan is located at Eawag and complements our team with his expertise in modeling water fluxes in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.

01.01.2018 New staff

Rifat Ahmed

We warmly welcome Rifat Ahmed, a new PhD student in our group. Rifat will work on strategies to assess plant water interactions with remote sensing data.