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June 2019 | New publication on honey bee habitats in Kenya
A new study published in collaboration with ICIPE this May looks at the effect of agro-ecological landscape fragmentation and its effect on honey bee habitats in Eastern Kenya. Fragmentation can significantly affect natural habitats and thus bee colongy strength, which in turn adversely affects the livelihoods of people who depend on beekeeping. This study shows how multi-season Sentinel-1 (radar), single-season Sentinel-2 (optical) and a random forest classifier help to map these habitats and understand their complex relationships. Read the full publication here.

Image: Figure 5 from the paper, showing the Mwingi study region as a classified landscape map
February 2019 | Burned area workshop in Indonesia
RSS was recently in Sentul hosting a week-long training on burned area detection within the framework of the GIZ's FORCLIME programme. Over 20 Indonesian officials from MoEF, LAPAN and provincial authorities explored how Sentinel-1 data could be used to complement Landsat-based burned area mapping in Indonesia. The course also introduced object-based image analysis (OBIA) and its associated workflows, providing participants with new insights and tools for their everyday work.
January 2019 | New insights on the coastal accumulation of microplastics
RSS has been working together with the GFZ Helmholtz Institute in Potsdam, the Institute of Marine Sciences in Venice and the University of Bayreuth to model microplastic accumulation in river and coastal systems. The resulting methodology combines remote sensing with hydrodynamic modeling and lays the groundwork for further research in this field. To read more, pick up a copy of the Marine Pollution Bulletin journal or read it on ResearchGate

Image: River discharge conditions under different wind regimes along the Western Adriatic. Low and high Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) concentrations are shown in a range from blue to red respectively. Masked pixels are depicted in dark blue.
December 2018 | New address
Last week, we were busy moving our offices from Baierbrunn to high above the city in Munich's Ten Towers. Now that we are settled, we look forward to welcoming our guests with a beautiful view of the Alps and Munich skyline! You will find us just a short walk from the Ostbahnhof or Leuchtenbergring train station and ask that all future correspondance be directed to the following address:

Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH
Dingolfinger Straße 9
81673 München
November 2018 | COPERNICUS4REGIONS Publication Launch at the European Parliament
COPERNICUS4REGIONS was released on November 22nd 2018 at the EU Parliament in Brussels, and is a collection of success stories on how Copernicus (but Sentinel in particular) data meets the concrete needs of regional policy making. The RSS contribution “How Copernicus supports the energy transition“ was selected and included as a case example (see p.91 in the digital PDF, or p.178 in the print version).

You'll find a copy of the PDF here:
November 2018 | European Space Agency Prize for RSS and ICIPE
Last month, RSS and ICIPE collaborated on a paper researching how remote sensing vegetation variables predict the spatial distribution of pests (Trioza erytreae) in Kenya. The publication was presented at the African Association of Remote Sensing of The Environment (AARSE2018) conference this October and won the European Space Agency Prize for the best paper.

For more information, read the full study here:
October 2018 | Join us at the COP13
Meet RSS at the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) which will be held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, from 21 to 29 October 2018. RSS will present latest wetland monitoring approaches from DeMo-Wetlands during the side event "EO A GAME CHANGER FOR RAMSAR CONTRACTING PARTIES" on Oct. 26, 2018. We will also be present at the SWOS (Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service) booth.
August 2018 | DeMo Wetlands in Rwanda
DeMo Wetlands travelled to Rwanda this month, meeting with local stakeholders and exchanging the latest advances in geospatial products for wetlands. The DeMo Wetlands project has been running since 2015 and aims to provide maps such as surface water dynamics, land cover land use, and use intensity to local conservationists, scientists and government authorities. The conversations with teams on the ground provide crucial input on the validity and importance of this spatial data to local communities.
July 2018 | SOCmonit
Our newest project, SOCmonit, will run until June 2021 and pursues the goal of standardising the spatiotemporal monitoring of soil organic carbon (SOC) on long-term field experiments (LTFEs). Various spectral sensors and platforms for remote and proximal soil sensing will be compared. SOCmonit is carried out in cooperation with the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ Halle and financially supported by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).
June 2018 | MYFoodS officially completed
RSS and HIPH investigated the technical viability of monitoring “Micro Yields for assessing Food Security and Malnutrition” (MYFoodS) in Burkina Faso using European space assets. The feasibility study was successfully completed and is featured on ESA’s IAP website.