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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.
May 2018 | First Stakeholder Workshop for GlobeDrought
This month, RSS joined more than 30 experts in Bonn, Germany, to discuss international drought monitoring at an interdisciplinary level. GlobeDrought is an international project but will be carrying out more detailed analyses for five case studies (Zimbabwe, South Africa, the Missouri Basin (USA), Maharashtra (India) and Ceará (Brazil) until 2020. More information on the project and its consortium can be found on the official project website:

Photo by Jonas Franke
April 2018 | Mapping South Africa's Drought
After three consecutive years of low precipitation, South Africa's Western Cape is currently coping with unprecedented water shortages and one of the worst droughts on record. The social and economic impacts are already significant and predicted to weigh heavily on South Africa’s trade and development. RSS was in the field and has been investigating current and historical water levels of main dams via satellite products within the study "GlobeDrought". Read our full field report below.

Field Report (PDF 583 KB)

Figure: Maximum annual water levels in one of Cape Town's major dams over the past three years, as detected using ESA's Copernicus Sentinel-1 imagery.
March 2018 | MyFoods Midterm Review Complete
RSS and MYFoodS’ partner institution, HIPH, are currently investigating the technical viability of monitoring “Micro Yields for assessing Food Security and Malnutrition” (MYFoodS) in less developed countries (e.g. Burkina Faso) with European Space assets. The project’s midterm review was successfully completed this month.