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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 | ESA’s Kick-Start Activities – Outdoor Tourism
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.
December 2016 | Happy holidays from the team at RSS and 3D Reality Maps
RSS GmbH wishes you happy holidays and a great start to the new year!
December 2016 | RSS advises ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC)
RSS joined ASEAN decision makers on December 12th for a workshop on reporting greenhouse gas emissions in the Land Use, Land-Use Change & Forestry (LULUCF) sector. During the two-day workshop, RSS advised and lead discussions concerning MRV in REDD projects, carbon accounting, peatland management and climate change mitigation. Country-specific case studies and strategies were also presented for review. Our thanks go to the GIZ, Singapore's National Environment Agency and ASEAN secretariat for making this event possible.
November 2016 | Bioclime completed successfully
Results from our BIOCLIME project have been compiled and released, documenting invaluable information on Indonesian carbon stock fluxes and land cover changes between 2014 and 2016. These are of immense importance to local municipalities in Sumatra, as well as international stakeholders. The project's maps and statistics will predominantly help prevent illegal plantation expansion, illegal deforestation and the negative effects of climate change in the nine districs addressed.

Image: Excerpts from our landcover (top) and carbon stock (bottom) maps for 2014 (left) and 2016 (right) within KPHP Lalan