RECENT ACTIVITIES

Read here more on recent activities and research projects. We actively develop new algorithms for remote sensing image interpretation, mass data processing and new information products based on machine learning and AI. We present new research results at conferences and scientific publications.

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  • News

    Covid 19 update - RSS is fully operational

    April 1, 2020

    Covid 19 update – RSS is fully operational

    The Covid 19 pandemic is a major challenge for us all and requires us to act responsibly. We would like to inform you about the current situation at RSS. We reacted to this new situation and all of our staff is working in the home office. With up-to-date digital communication tools we can maintain a ...
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  • ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

    New Striga weed mapping mechanism developed for Africa

    March 31, 2020

    New Striga weed mapping mechanism developed for Africa

    In collaboration with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi (Kenya) and within a BIOVISION funded project, RSS has developed a satellite-based mechanism and data set on Striga weed (Striga asiatica) spread in Zimbabwe. The damage caused annually by Striga in Sub-Saharan Africa is estimated at US$ 1 billion, affecting the ...
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  • ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

    New, spatially transferable method to map drought using remote sensing

    January 10, 2020

    New, spatially transferable method to map drought using remote sensing

    A new study published in collaboration with ICIPE this May looks at the effect of agro-ecological landscape fragmentation and its effect on honey bee habitats in Eastern Kenya.
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  • News

    CoExist KICK-OFF MEETING AT UN-IOM

    November 28, 2019

    CoExist KICK-OFF MEETING AT UN-IOM

    CoExist will monitor environmental-related transhumance patterns and will assess the associated risks for population displacement in Chad and the Central African Republic. The project is a cooperation between RSS and IOM (UN Agency - International Organization for Migration) and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy via the DLR Space Administration.
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  • News

    NEW EARTH OBSERVATION METHOD FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF INVASIVE PLANTS

    November 26, 2019

    NEW EARTH OBSERVATION METHOD FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF INVASIVE PLANTS

    RSS helped develop a satellite-based method that is able to discern the spread of, risk and occurrence areas for Prosopis juliflora and Parthenium hysterophorous over wider areas in Somaliland (Africa). Both invasive species are wide-spread in, particularly, African drylands and negatively affect livelihoods of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities.
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  • News

    PEAT REWETTING PROJECT SAVES 3 MIO. t CO2 PER YEAR

    November 21, 2019

    PEAT REWETTING PROJECT SAVES 3 MIO. t CO2 PER YEAR

    RSS contributed to the Krombacher Climate Protection Project by determining the specific CO₂ emission savings achieved by the peat rewetting activities which were implemented by the WWF in the Sebangau National Park in Borneo, Indonesia.
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  • News

    GlobeDrought HOLDS 2nd STAKEHOLDER MEETING

    November 20, 2019

    GlobeDrought HOLDS 2nd STAKEHOLDER MEETING

    This week, partners from JRC’s GDO, UNCCD and WWF joined the GlobeDrought consortium to discuss the current status of global drought monitoring, best practices and the possibility of future cooperation between organizations.
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  • News

    RSS IS NEW MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL PEATLANDS INITIATIVE

    September 5, 2019

    RSS IS NEW MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL PEATLANDS INITIATIVE

    RSS became a new member of the Global Peatlands Initiative and is now looking forward to contribute to peatland conservation through assessing the status of global peatlands.
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  • AGRICULTURE

    New publication on honey bee habitats in Kenya

    June 16, 2019

    New publication on honey bee habitats in Kenya

    A new study published in collaboration with ICIPE this May looks at the effect of agro-ecological landscape fragmentation and its effect on honey bee habitats in Eastern Kenya.
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We are very pleased to announce that RSS, as lead of the International Peat Mapping Team, won the Indonesian Peat Prize this morning! The competition aimed to find a new, more accurate and efficient way of mapping tropical peatland extent and thickness, and the Scientific Advisory Board selected our methodology from a number of highly qualified and innovative competitors. The Indonesian government will use our method to protect and manage peatland areas, accelerate peatland restoration and support Indonesia’s development goals. The Indonesian Geospatial Agency BIG will lead the process of using the winning method to improve the current standard for mapping peatland in a scale of 1:50,000, and will start the process by issuing a BIG regulation on peatland mapping.

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TWO-YEAR CONTEST

The contest to find the best methodology to measure the extent and depth of peat in Indonesia drew 44 teams which included some of the biggest names in peat research and mapping. The Prize’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), a group of scientists and experts who reviewed the finalists’ submissions, reached a unanimous decision that the International Peat Mapping team produced the most accurate, timely and cost-effective methodology for mapping peatlands.

MAJOR SOURCE OF EMISSIONS

Peat is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions when it burns or decomposes. In 2015, peatlands were responsible for 42% of Indonesia’s total emissions. In the devastating 2015 fire season, forests and peat fires caused 100,000 premature deaths, cost the Indonesian economy $16 billion, and released 1.62 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the emissions produced by nearly 350,000 cars. The depth, or thickness, of peat soils is an essential measurement; the deeper the peat is, the more ecological damage, including carbon emissions, results from disturbance. Uncertainty around data and information concerning peatland, particularly the depth of peat, has delayed protection and restoration measures for Indonesia’s peatlands, allowing irresponsible parties to continue business as usual, often resulting in drained peat and fires.

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