Mission

  • 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.

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The Three Major Axes of Terrestrial Ecosystem Function

The leaf economics spectrum and the global spectrum of plant forms and functions revealed fundamental axes of variation in plant …

Meet the Team

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Principal Investigators

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Hannes Feilhauer

Professor for Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research

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Miguel D. Mahecha

Professor and head of the Earth System Data Science group

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Jian Peng

Professor for Hydrology and Remote Sensing/Head of Remote Sensing Department (UFZ)

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Michael Vohland

Professor for Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing

Researchers

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Eya Cherif

PhD Student / Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research

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Daniel Doktor

Senior Scientist & Group Leader of Land Cover & Dynamics

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Almudena García-García

Post doctoral scientist / Remote Sensing Department (UFZ)

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Christopher Hutengs

Research assistant / Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing

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Teja Kattenborn

Post doctoral scientist / Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research

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Guido Kraemer

Post doctoral scientist / Earth System Data Science

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Maximilian Lange

Post doctoral scientist / Land Cover & Dynamics

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Xiangyi Li

Visiting PhD student / Earth System Data Science

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Zhan Li

Post doctoral scientist / Remote Sensing Department (UFZ)

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Antonia Ludwig

PhD Student / Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research

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Francesco Martinuzzi

PhD Student / Earth System Data Science

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Milena Moenks

PhD candidate / Earth System Data Science

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David Montero

PhD Candidate / Earth System Data Science

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Karin Mora

Postdoctoral scientist / Earth System Data Science

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Friederike Naegeli de Torres

PhD Candidate / Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing

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Sebastian Preidl

Research fellow / Remote Sensing Department (UFZ)

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Anne Reichmuth

Research fellow / Land Cover & Dynamics

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Kim Schmidt

PhD Student / Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research

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Toni Schmidt

PhD Student / Remote Sensing Department (UFZ)

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Michael Seidel

Research assistant / Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing

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Salim Soltani

PhD candidate / Remote Sensing in Geo- and Ecosystem Research

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Khalil Teber

Student assistant / Earth System Data Science

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Sebastian Wieneke

Research associate / Earth System Data Science

Support

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Angelika Brachmann

Office Management / Earth System Data Science

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Johannes Rabiger-Völlmer

Technical employee for teaching and research

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Andreas Schmidt

Scientific Technician & Research Software Engineer / Remote Sensing Department (UFZ)

Scientific portfolio

Digital Forest

Develop a near real-time forest monitoring concept and capitalize on latest advances in AI for predicting major impacts of climate extremes.

NFDI4Biodiversity

Deliver practical tools for researchers and improve data availability for environmental studies/ecology.

NFDI4Earth

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.

Earth System Data Lab

The Earth System Data Lab is a virtual laboratory providing global earth observation data sets and processing tools.

Brief History

 
 
 
 
 

Kick-off

Leipzig University & UFZ

Sep 2020 – Present
In September 2020 all new professors started their work in the RSC4Earth and started to build their teams.
 
 
 
 
 

Implementation phase

Leipzig University & UFZ

Jan 2019 – Dec 2019
Scouting internationally for new people to help building and implementing the new centre.
 
 
 
 
 

Brainstorming

Leipzig University & UFZ

Jan 2018 – Dec 2018
Given the rapid advances in remote sensing and data-driven methods, the Leipzig University and UFZ decided to join forces and strengthen the excellent research already implemented in the grand context of biodiversity research, meteorology, and ecosystem ecology.

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