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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: http://grow-globedrought.net

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.
February 2018 | Winners of the Peat Mapping Prize!
We are very pleased to announce that RSS, as lead of the International Peat Mapping Team, won the Indonesian Peat Prize this morning! The competition aimed to find a new, more accurate and efficient way of mapping tropical peatland extent and thickness, and the Scientific Advisory Board selected our methodology from a number of highly qualified and innovative competitors.
The Indonesian government will use our method to protect and manage peatland areas, accelerate peatland restoration and support Indonesia’s development goals. The Indonesian Geospatial Agency BIG will lead the process of using the winning method to improve the current standard for mapping peatland in a scale of 1:50,000, and will start the process by issuing a BIG regulation on peatland mapping.

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January 2018 | ESA’s Kick-Start Activities (Outdoor Tourism) completed!
This month marks the successful completion of our feasibility study CapeOutdoors 3D, which was funded by ESA’s Kick-Start Activities. The study was carried out in close cooperation with our sister company, 3D RealityMaps, and assessed the market potential of a 3D destination and conservation app for South Africa’s nature reserves and national parks. The web application itself is designed to fuse Earth Observation (e.g. Sentinel-2, 10m optical imagery) and satellite navigation technologies into a 3D planning tool for tourists and local conservation authorities. Test and explore our WebGL prototype here: https://3d.realitymaps.de/CapeOutdoor/
December 2017 | Happy holidays
Wishing everyone a memorabe holiday season and fantastic start to the new year, wherever you may be!
December 2017 | ESA’s Kick-Start Activities – Food Security
ESA’s Kick-Start Activities are looking for opportunities to develop ideas for new business applications using space technologies, and recently approved RSS GmbH’s submission under the category of “Food Security”. Within the proposed activity, RSS and our partner institution, Heidelberg Institute of Public Health (HIPH), will investigate the technical viability of monitoring “Micro Yields for assessing Food Security and Malnutrition” (MYFoodS). The study will be carried out in some of the world’s least developed countries (e.g. Burkina Faso), using European Space assets.

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