Why do we use remote sensing

The Center for Remote Sensing in Earth System Research (RSC4Earth) is a joint facility of the Faculty of Physics and Geosciences at our university and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ). The RSC4Earth bundles the Leipzig research activities in the field of remote sensing in earth system sciences and in biodiversity research. In particular, we investigate the dynamics of ecosystems and water resources in global change across spatial and temporal scales.


In its research activities, the RSC4Earth focuses on answering the following questions:

  • How do geosystems and ecosystems react to fundamental environmental changes and social transformation processes on multiple spatiotemporal scales?
  • How can we quantify relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functions on a local to global scale?
  • Which methodological developments enable an improved understanding of the space-time change in the water, energy and carbon cycle?
  • How can we use remote sensing and modeling approaches to deepen our understanding of the Earth system?

Remote sensing processes from field spectroscopy and UAV-supported image acquisition to the evaluation of data from global satellite systems are used here. The analyzed data streams require “big data science” methods in order to enable efficient processing and analysis.


Center for Remote Sensing in Earth System Research

Talstrasse 35
04103 Leipzig