Our Mission

Earth Observation Lab of the Institute of Space Technology & Space Applications (ISTA) deals with the automated analysis of satellite data for the extraction of geoinformation. With a focus on the development of innovative methods and algorithms, it builds a bridge between the design of missions or sensors and socially relevant applications.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Earth observation, we use expertise and techniques from a multitude of fields in engineering and natural sciences, e.g. geodesy, computer science, electrical engineering, or geography. 


Our main research areas are:

  • Spaceborne and airborne Earth observation
  • Image processing, signal processing and machine learning for information extraction
  • Remote sensing with radar and thermal infrared data
  • Fusion of different Earth observation data

The research of our lab is embedded in an extensive regional as well as international network and often takes place in cooperation with non-university research institutions such as the German Aerospace Center (DLR) or partners from industry.


Most of our students belong to the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Aerospace Engineering. In addition, we address students of the Computer Science Master’s program, who specialize in Geoinformatics. 

We educate undergraduate students in the basics of remote sensing, and teach all different aspects of Earth observation, from radar and laser techniques to optical remote sensing to graduate students.