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November 2017 | RSS @ UNFCCC COP23 2017 in Bonn
RSS was co-organizing the side event "Wetlands, Peatlands and Satellites" at UNFCCC COP23 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The SWOS Satellite-based Wetlands Observation System was presented on 11.11.2017 in the EU pavillion.
Official event website
October 2017 | Copernicus4Energy workshop
RSS contributes to Copernicus4Energy workshop at the European Commission (DG GROW) in Brussels with a presentation on "How Copernicus data and derivative information products can support the planning of the energy transition" representing the COP4EE project (read more (German):

Source: © de Ribaucourt Photography
August 2017 | New project to develop global drought monitoring system
Our newest project, GlobeDrought, will develop, test and implement a global drought information system by comprehensively characterizing drought events. A drought's impact on water resources, crop productivity, food trade and the need for international food aid will be among the many factors incorporated into the system. Drought risk in particular, will be mapped by considering the distribution of drought hazard, exposure and vulnerability.

An additional experimental early warning component will show the current drought situation, provide ongoing drought monitoring, and simulate plausible drought forecasts for the following year.

GlobeDrought is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), as an integral part of their GROW („Global Ressource Water“) programme.
July 2017 | Peat mapping competition update
The International Peat Mapping Team (IPMT) headed by RSS GmbH, qualified for the final round of the Indonesian Peat Prize. RSS GmbH presented the developed peat mapping approach to the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in Jakarta. Of 44 initial participating teams, five proceeded to the final round.

The Indonesian Peat Prize is an ambitious, collaborative prize to find a new, more accurate, faster way of mapping extent and thickness of Indonesian peatlands, so that they can be managed for the benefit of all.
June 2017 | Feasibility study within ESA’s Kick-Start activities
ESA’s Kick-Start Activities look for new concepts that integrate space technologies, and recently approved RSS GmbH’s submission under the category of “Outdoor Tourism”. Our proposed feasibility study will be carried out in close cooperation with our sister company, RealityMaps GmbH, and assess the market potential of an app for South Africa’s nature reserves and national parks. The app itself will ideally fuse Earth Observation and satellite navigation, providing a 3d planning tool that benefits tourists and local conservation authorities alike.
May 2017 | RSS GmbH at the Bonn Climate Change Convention
Last week, RSS GmbH visited the Bonn Climate Change Convention, hosted by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. We were invited by ESA to join a particularly intriguing session on peatland protection, focused on peatland degradation, GHG emissions and fires.

The talks were held by the GLOBAL PEATLANDS INITIATIVE, who actively advocate for the protection of such valuable environments.
March 2017 | RSS workshop in Brasília/ Palmas, Brazil
RSS gave two weeks of seminars this March, tailored to govermental institutions responsible for fire management (ICMBio, IBAMA, NATURATINS and INPE), and aimed at supporting the institutionalization of Integrated Fire Management activities in the Brazilian Cerrado.

Participants learned how to implement new satellite-based approaches to fuel loap mapping, establish reliable, sustainable fire monitoring tools, and produce regularly updated maps for those managing protected and indigenous areas.

The workshop itself is a component of the Brazilian-German project “Prevention, control and monitoring of fires in the Cerrado”, which is coordinated by the GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
February 2017 | GlobBiomass concludes second user workshop
This week, RSS GmbH joined GlobBiomass partners in Helsinki to share the latest advances in monitoring aboveground biomass (AGB). GlobBiomass is taking a synergistic approach to modelling by incorporating a multitude of datasets (e.g. SAR, LiDAR,optical, in-situ...) into their work. The refined AGB estimates resulting from this endeavour will ultimately aid users active in fields such as carbon accounting, or those partaking in initiatives such as REDD+.

For more information on this project, please visit the GlobBiomass website.

Image: AGB model derived from radar data and displaying tonnes of biomass per hectare
January 2017 | The state of Indonesia's forests
Our team was on the ground last summer following Indonesia's extensive forest fires. This short video reveals the devestating forest and habitat loss they witnessed in Kalimantan.

For more information on our latest fire-related research, visit or click here for more information regarding our fire-related services.
January 2017 | First ultra-resolution 3D prints of the German Alps
RSS, in cooperation with 3D Reality Maps, is pleased to announce the very first ultra-resolution 3D model of Karwendelstein ( a mountain range situated in the German Alps), complete with exquisite details and geographic accuracy. The models make a beautiful, fun and successful marketing tool for customers to interact with on-site.