Towards novel model-data fusion for understanding environmental variability in space and time from high-resolution remote sensing

Team members at MoDEV Kick-off. Source: Jian Peng / UFZ

September 21, 2021
Kick-off seminar of the joint PhD College “MoDEV”

MoDEV aims to better understand and quantify the complex feedback processes among water/energy and ecosystem dynamics during climate extremes using multi-source Earth observations. The advanced process understanding is also envisaged to improve the ecosystem water-energy coupling schemes in the Earth System model, which will lead to a better prediction of water/energy/carbon cycles. The college will also promote the strategic collaboration between UFZ and Leipzig University in the framework of RSC4Earth, which is a joint initiative of UFZ and the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences at Leipzig University.

Under this umbrella theme and the supervision of eight principal advisors and other co-advisors, four PhD candidates will pursue on their own projects:

Antonia Ludwig’s research topic is “Assessment of species and trait diversity in temperate vegetation from optical remote sensing data”. Toni Schmidt will focus on “Estimation of high-resolution soil moisture dynamics from the synergy of multi-source data”. Kim Schmidt’s project is “Climate extremes in forest ecosystems – an assessment through data and models”. Marco Hannemann will do research on “Investigation of hydro-climatic extremes and land-atmosphere interactions using Earth observations”.

The entire MoDEV team had a very enlightening discussion and exchange of ideas during the seminar. We look forward to seeing the development of these research projects and wish the team great success.