Leipzig is a vibrant hotspot for creativity in eastern Germany, known for its world-class research in biodiversity and ecosystem research. The Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences at Leipzig University and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) have teamed up and established the Remote Sensing Centre for Earth System Research to expand research in this area and better understand ecosystem functioning in a changing world.
How will geo- and ecosystem functions respond to the global environmental and societal transformations?
What are the spatiotemporal dynamics of change in the land-atmosphere water, energy, and carbon feedback systems?
How can we quantify and assess Biodiversity-Ecosystem-Functioning (BEF) relationships across scales?
How can we best integrate remote sensing techniques and modeling frameworks to improve our understanding of the Earth system?
Answering fundamental research questions of this kind and developing the right tools for this endeavour is the scientific mission of the RSC4Earth. Also key to our mission is preparing the next generation of Earth system sciences for addressing this quest.
Develop and test novel artificial intelligence explanatory tools to decipher compound events (e.g., drought and heatwave) based on “mini-cubes” with high spatial resolution.
Develop a near real-time forest monitoring concept and capitalize on latest advances in AI for predicting major impacts of climate extremes.
Deliver practical tools for researchers and improve data availability for environmental studies/ecology.
Addresses the digital needs of researchers in Earth System Sciences with the aim to understand the functioning of all subsystems of the Earth system and their interactions.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions the RSC4Eath does not host public talks at the facilities of the Leipzig University or UFZ in 2020.