In our new publication”Optimising Phenological Metrics Extraction for Different Crop Types in Germany Using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS)” we present a calibration procedure to make phenometrics more comparable to ground-based phenological stages. Therefore we optimised the settings of the Best Index Slope Extraction (BISE) and smoothing algorithms together with thresholds applied to the… Read More

lakes small

In our new publication “Quantifying water volumes of small lakes in the inner Aral Sea Basin, Central Asia, and their potential for reaching water and food security” we combined remote sensing based lake surface areas with bathymetric models derived from field measurements. The study explores the potentials of the lake water for supplementary irrigation in… Read More


On April 19 2016 Benewinde Jean-Bosco Zoungrana successfully defended his PhD  “Vegetation cover response under rainfall variability and land use/cover change  in the southwest of Burkina Faso” dealing with remote sensing for land cover and vegetation mapping in West Africa at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana– congratulations! Jean-Bosco is… Read More

On 10 December 2015, the first National WUEMoCA (“Water Use Efficiency Monitor in Central Asia”) User Forum was held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The meeting gathered 20 representatives from the Basin Water Organisations Amudarya and Syrdarya, Basin Irrigation System Administrations, Irrigation System Administrations, and research institutions from all over Uzbekistan. Researchers and WUEMoCA developers from Wuerzburg… Read More

Sudanian Savanna

In our new publication “Evaluating the sequential masking classification approach for improving crop discrimination in the Sudanian Savanna of West Africa” we investigated the benefit of sequential masking on the accuracy of crop mapping in the heterogeneous landscapes of the Sudanian Savanna in West Africa. Please find abstract and paper under:… Read More


General statements on continuous Soviet-style cotton cultivation in Uzbekistan are challenged. GIS analysis shows areas of diverse rotations but also cotton monocropping, focal points for improvements of the crop rotation systems.   The article is available under I  … Read More

Irrigated cropland extent Central Asia

News from the CAWa project “Water in Central Asia”: On 6.2.2015 our team visited the Regional Environment Center of Central Asia (CAREC). The meeting focused on the identification of potential users and specification of use cases of the new web-based application “Water Use Efficiency Monitor for Central Asia” (WUEMoCA), which is subject of the third… Read More


On 3.2.2015-4.2.2015 our CAWa team visited the Scientific Information Center of the Interstate Commission on Water Distribution in Central Asia. The meeting focused on specifications for the new web-based application “Water Use Efficiency Monitor for Central Asia” (WUEMoCA). We presented first concepts and learned about user demands of the new tool, which is planned to… Read More

Gerald Forkuor after his defence

On January 14 2015 Gerald Forkuor defended his PhD on remote sensing for crop mapping in West Africa successfully – congratulations! He is currently working at the International Water Management Institute in Ghana in a related topic of remote sensing. The PhD dissertation is available under  … Read More