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Institute for Earth Observation


Earth observation from space has opened up new perspectives for environmental research. At the Institute for Earth Observation, we are fusing remote sensing techniques with interdisciplinary approaches for integrated environmental monitoring and assessment of mountain regions.​

Using satellite data, we monitor the state and temporal evolution of the land surface over large areas at short time intervals. Integrating this with in-situ data and models allows us to monitor and understand the key processes at work in mountain regions, such as snow cover evolution, vegetation development or land-slide movements.

Our research fields and projects address the most current and pressing societal challenges in mountain environments, such as: 

• the role of mountains as water towers
• sustainable use of natural resources (agriculture, forestry, nature protection)
• risk management in the context of natural hazards and climate change

The combination of our receiving station on Mount Renon​ (2260m) and our Earth Observation (EO) data centre gives us direct access to satellite data and the ability to process it in near real time.​​

In Memoriam:
The Institute expresses its deep sorrow for the sudden loss of our dear colleague and friend Roberto Filippi, who died 9th March 2011 on the mountains he loved so profoundly.







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