Welcome to the research group Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing
The CLIMERS group was initiated with the TU Wien Science Award 2015 awarded to Wouter Dorigo
Global warming is expected to amplify the global water cycle, which will lead to an increase the frequency and intensity of storms, floods, and droughts. The negative impact of droughts on vegetation will impact future food security and reduce the efficiency of vegetation as a sink of atmospheric carbon-dioxide, thus further exacerbating global warming. However, climate model predictions are uncertain as the long-term effects of drought on vegetation are only poorly understood due to lack of suited observational data. But the recent release of various long-term satellite-based datasets of soil moisture (produced by CLIMERS) and vegetation has created new avenues. The CLIMERS groups will use these datasets to unravel the role of water availability in driving vegetation growth and to asses how climate change has affected this relationship. The results will be used to improve state-of-the-art climate models that support the IPCC climate assessments.
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- Researcher in novel approaches for ground validation of remotely sensed soil moisture (m/f)
- New research group Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing at TU Wien GEO
- The greening Earth – Matthias Forkel interviewed for „VDI Nachrichten”
- New paper: Evaluation of SMAP soil moisture over 34 core validation sites worldwide
- Preisverleihung „Lebenswissenschaften und Physik“ an Matthias Forkel
- New paper on global wildfire modeling by the EOWAVE team
- New paper in ERL: Contribution of water-limited ecoregions to their own supply of rainfall
- New paper on ecosystem water-use effciency response to rising CO2 concentrations
- First paper on a new vegetation optical depth product from ASCAT scatterometers
- New publication on the potential of making CCI soil moisture available in near-real-time
- New paper on triple collocation analysis for error characterisation of satellite soil moisture
- Last year's global soil moisture conditions featured in "BAMS State of the Climate in 2015"