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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.


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


February 22, 2023

AI-based forest monitoring

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) is funding a new research project entitled Dense Satellite Time Series for Forest Monitoring (DESTSAM)
February 21, 2023

MooRe – Multiscale monitoring of peatland restoration

April 30, 2022

Wall-to-wall mapping of wetlands and potential peatlands in Lao PDR and the Philippines

In the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region peatlands cover approximately 23,6 million hectares, representing 56% of global tropical peatlands. However, their exact extent in most of these countries is not well known since the identification by field-based methods is time consuming and expensive due to the enormous extent of the countries and additionally due to difficult accessibility of many areas.
December 5, 2021

CoExist: Monitoring environmental-related transhumance patterns and assessing the risk for population displacement

Introduction In cooperation with the International Organization of Migration (DLR), RSS has successfully completed the project CoExist, which was funded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) […]
October 19, 2021

New publication on biodiversity loss on tropical islands

September 8, 2021

The first satellite-based forest monitor for Germany was published today

In a recently published study, scientists from the University Bayreuth, in collaboration with RSS, investigated the impact of tourism and urban island development on ground-associated invertebrate […]
August 5, 2020

ESA selected RSS’ marine plastic idea on the Open Space Innovation Platform and kicked-off an Early Technology Development project

Last year, ESA asked via the Open Space Innovation Platform for innovative ideas to detect and track marine plastic litter using satellites. Marine litter is one […]
July 22, 2020

New publication on SDG reporting in Remote Sensing of Environment

Wetland extent tools for SDG 6.6.1 reporting from the Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service
June 5, 2020

Two new publications on food security in Africa