Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing Section

About us...

The Cartography, GIS & Remote Sensing Department at the Institute of Geography works at the forefront of the Global Change / Climate Change challenge. The Department’s projects are literally encompassing the whole Earth. By dissolving the boundary between social and physical science we are exploring the human dimensions of global change. Our goal is to better understand the Earth's land surface and Landscape dynamics and the way humans interact with it.

Actual publications

Xue, L., Kappas, M., Wyss, D., Putzenlechner, B. (2022): Assessing the Drought Variability in Northeast China over Multiple Temporal and Spatial Scales. Atmosphere 13(9).

Chand, D., Berg, L. K., Tagestad, J., Putzenlechner, B., Yang, Z., Tai, S., Fast, J. D. (2022). Fine Scale Variability in Green Vegetation Fraction Over the Southern Great Plains Using Sentinel-2 Satellite: A Case Study. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment

Wyss, D., Negussie, K., Staacke, A., Karnagel, A., Engelhardt, M., & Kappas, M. (2022). A comparative analysis of MODIS-derived drought indices for Northern and Central Namibia. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology , 16(5), 173-191.

Xue, L., Kappas, M., Wyss, D., Wang, C., Putzenlechner, B., Thi, N. P., Chen, J. (2022). Assessment of Climate Change and Human Activities on Vegetation Development in Northeast China. Sensors 22(7)

Jiquan Chen, Ranjeet John, Jing Yuan, Elizabeth A Mack, Pavel Groisman, Ginger Allington, Jianguo (Jingle) Wu, Peilei Fan, Kirsten M de Beurs, Arnon Karnieli, Garik Gutman, Martin Kappas, Gang Dong, Fangyuan Zhao, Zutao Ouyang, Amber L Pearson, Beyza Şat, Norman A Graham, Changliang Shao, Anna K Graham, Geoffrey M Henebry, Zhichao Xue, Amarjargal Amartuvshin, Luping Qu, Hogeun Park, Xiaoping Xin, Jingyan Chen, Li Tian, Colt Knight, Maira Kussainova, Fei Li, Christine Fürst and Jiaguo Qi. (2022). Sustainability challenges for the social-environmental systems across the Asian drylands belt. Environ. Research Letters.

Putzenlechner, B., Marzahn, P., Koal, P., Sanchez-Azofeifa, A. (2022). Fractional vegetation cover derived from UAV and Sentinel-2 imagery as a proxy for in situ FAPAR in a dense mixed-coniferous forest? Remote Sensing 14(2): 380.

Chunyan Xu, Martin Kappas, Stefan Hohnwald, Daniel Wyss, José Daniel Lencinas, Diegeo Mohr-Bell (2021). Monitoring Forest Fire Severity Using Time Series Of Landsat Data – A Case Study Of Lago Epuyén In Patagonia, Argentinia. GEOÖKO, Volume/Band XLII, 5 - 38, Göttingen 2021.

Xue, Z.; Kappas, M.; Wyss, D. (2021). Spatio-Temporal Grassland Development in Inner Mongolia after Implementation of the First Comprehensive Nation-Wide Grassland Conservation Program. Land 2021, 10, 38.

Pham Thi, N.; Kappas, M.; Faust, H. Impacts of Agricultural Land Acquisition for Urbanization on Agricultural Activities of affected Households: A Case Study in Huong Thuy Town, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8559.

Oyudari Vova, Martin Kappas, Tsolmon Renchin, Steven R. Fassnacht. (2020). Extreme Climate Event and Its Impact on Landscape Resilience in Gobi Region of Mongolia. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2881; doi:10.3390/rs12182881

The Dung Nguyen, Kappas, M. (2020). "Estimating the Aboveground Biomass of an Evergreen Broadleaf Forest in Xuan Lien Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam, Using SPOT-6 Data and the Random Forest Algorithm," International Journal of Forestry Research, Vol. 2020, Article ID 4216160, 2020.

Fierke, J., Kappas, M., Wyss, D. (2020). Quantifying forest cover at Mount Kenya: Use of Sentinel-2 for a discrimination of tropical tree composites. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 14(6), pp. 159 176, June 2020, Article Number: 7C896DC64182; ISSN: 1996 0786, DOI: 10.5897/AJEST2020.2832

Malena Andernach, Daniel Wyss and Martin Kappas (2020). An Evaluation of the Land Cover Classification Product Sentinel 2 Prototype Land Cover 20 m Map of Africa 2016 for Namibia. Namibian Journal of the Environment (NJE) 4 A: 1-12

Oyudari Vova, Martin Kappas, Ammar Rafiei Emmam. (2019). Comparison of Satellite Soil Moisture Products in Mongolia and Their Relation to Grassland Condition. Land 2019, 8, 142; doi:10.3390/land8090142

Rafiei Emam A., Kappas M., Fassnacht S., LINH N.H.K. (2018) Uncertainty analysis of hydrological modeling in a tropical area using different algorithms, Front. Earth Sci. (2018).

Tung GiaPham, Hung Trong Nguyen, Martin Kappas (2018) Assessment of soil quality indicators under different agricultural land uses and topographic aspects in Central Vietnam. International Soil and Water Conservation Research.

Thanh Noi, P., Kappas, M. (2018): Comparison of Random Forest, k-Nearest Neighbor, and Support Vector Machine Classifiers for Land Cover Classification Using Sentinel-2 Imagery. Sensors 2018 (1), 18, 18; doi:10.3390/s18010018