November 28, 2019


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.
November 26, 2019


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.
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.
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.
March 17, 2017

Spatial decision support for a sustainable and efficient energy transition

Energy transition is governed at European and national scale, leading to laws and regulations such as the German EEG. Regional administrations are often not aware of the full potential and limitations to produce renewable energies. In the research project COP4EE-2 RSS uses satellite imagery to determine the potential for renewable energies on a district level.