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We consider research as a fundamental activity that allows us to offer cutting-edge solutions. We are actively involved in research projects and our team develops new algorithms in data science, efficient, automated services and modern information products that supports positive environmental change.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


Although RSS is a commercial enterprise, research and innovation is a fundamental part of our work. Satellite technology is evolving rapidly and continuously offers new monitoring capabilities. Through our research activities in cooperation with leading research institutions, we are able to offer innovative mapping and monitoring solutions. We have published more than 150 research papers in renowned scientific journals and led numerous studies concerning the latest satellite instruments.

Featured research projects

RESEARCH TOPICS

ALL RESEARCH

  • Research

    Evaluating the impacts of Payment for Ecosystem Services interventions

    September 22, 2019

    Evaluating the impacts of Payment for Ecosystem Services interventions

    The IMPACTED project aims to understand how agro-forestry systems capture carbon stocks. Project related agro-forestry sites were established as part of a Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) project incentive scheme in the Sofala Province in Mozambique. PES is an asset-building landscape conservation and climate mitigation strategy that is being increasingly seen as a viable land use option in rural Africa.
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  • Research

    Earth Observation can support public health

    May 6, 2019

    Earth Observation can support public health

    Climate change has emerged as a major risk factor for global public health acting on its own or modifying the effect of the wide array of the well-studied immediate and intermediate determinants of health. A DFG-funded Research Unit in Public Health studies how weather variability influences three major climate-sensitive health outcomes: (i) childhood undernutrition, (ii) malaria and (iii) heat stress.
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  • Research

    GlobeDrought - large-scale identification of drought hazard, vulnerability and risk

    June 6, 2018

    GlobeDrought – large-scale identification of drought hazard, vulnerability and risk

    Drought events pose a threat to crop productivity, can cause socioeconomic impacts such as decreased farmer income, and may even result in the need for international food aid. GlobeDrought combines spatially explicit, historical information on drought hazard, exposure and vulnerability from meteorological, agricultural, hydrological and socioeconomic sources to provide reliable and comprehensive information on drought risk at a global level.
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  • Research

    Burned area mapping using Sentinel-1 SAR time series

    April 25, 2018

    Burned area mapping using Sentinel-1 SAR time series

    The ESA Fire CCI project focuses on the development of long time series of burned area constructed from multi sensor satellite data. It is part of the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) of the European Space Agency (ESA). As a project partner, RSS produced the first spatial estimates of burned area for the fire prone year 2015 using on high-resolution Sentinel-1 SAR imagery.
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  • Research

    Monitoring of tropical Wetlands using Copernicus satellite data

    April 12, 2018

    Monitoring of tropical Wetlands using Copernicus satellite data

    Demo-Wetlands is a research project, designed to explicitly address the need of international conventions for standardized methods of wetland monitoring by satellite remote sensing. As these fragile ecosystems are facing increasing pressure through global warming, pollution, overuse and land use change, up to date information on the state of global wetlands are key to support their protection.
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  • Research

    Using InSAR to determine above-ground biomass in tropical forests

    March 12, 2018

    Using InSAR to determine above-ground biomass in tropical forests

    The international research project Pol-InSAR4AGB focused on the development of algorithms and the creation of process chains for the integrative use of multi-sensor X- and C-band SAR data using Pol-InSAR techniques for the determination of forest height and above-ground biomass in tropical forests.
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  • Research

    Mapping global forest biomass using satellite imagery

    February 15, 2018

    Mapping global forest biomass using satellite imagery

    Biomass is a fundamental biophysical variable that quantifies the Earth’s living vegetation. It has profound social and economic importance as a source of materials and energy, and its state, dynamics and resilience have impacts on the whole Earth system. The main purpose of the GlobBiomass project was to better characterize and to reduce uncertainties of above ground biomass estimates.
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  • Research

    Indonesian Peat Prize competition - a new method to map tropical peatlands

    February 3, 2018

    Indonesian Peat Prize competition – a new method to map tropical peatlands

    We are very pleased to announce that RSS, as lead of the International Peat Mapping Team, won the 1 Million USD Indonesian Peat Prize challenge! The competition aimed to find a new, more accurate and efficient way of mapping tropical peatland extent and thickness.
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  • Research

    Mapping soil organic carbon (SOC) stock

    January 6, 2018

    Mapping soil organic carbon (SOC) stock

    The research project SOCmonit focuses on development of methods to standardize the spatio-temporal monitoring of soil organic carbon (SOC) within long-term field experiment (LTFE) sites using spectral measurements from remote sensing and proximal soil detection.
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