Remote Sensing at Thünen

Space satellite over the planet earth

The cross-institute working group „Remote Sensing” was founded in 2017 to evaluate the potential of remote sensing in the fields of agriculture and forestry.

The overall aim is to improve the impact assessment for agricultural as well as national and international forest related policies, which is an integral part of the policy advice provided by the Thünen Institute.

So far, the resolution of freely available satellite remote sensing data in Germany and in the EU was too low and thus only of limited use for the description and analysis of land use dynamics. Since 2015, the European Earth observation programme „Copernicus” provides remote sensing data at high geometrical and temporal resolution. This new quality of data offers the opportunity to display up-to-date information on the land use and land use structures in Germany with a high degree of spatial accuracy for each single plot of land.

Thus, this satellite remote sensing data could help to improve the explanation of the relationship between land use intensity and its regional distribution and to better answer questions regarding the protection of abiotic resources as well as the distribution and development of biodiversity. A monthly organised seminar strengthen the link to the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) - Research Centre for agricultural remote sensing (FLF), TU Berlin, the university of Würzburg/Halle and the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and other partners.