WKGP Braun | WKGP Braun – Institut für Geographie
Sambia Sambia

WKGP Braun

Research AG BraunRemote Sensing and GIS

Our research puts emphasis on remote sensing and GIS analysis. We use time series of optical earth observation systems at different spatial and spectral resolutions as well as synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data. Applications target the fields of glaciology and climate change and include changes in ice dynamics, glacier mass balances, contribution to sea level or variations in surface properties. Biodiversity research or studies on ecosystem functions. For our research we maintain intensive collaborations in Germany, throughout Europe, the United States and Canada as well as in South America.

Current projects:

  • TanDEM-ICE – Glacier monitoring in High Asia using TanDEM-X InSAR and other earth observation sensors, 2015-2017, DLR
  • HGF-EDA – Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics, 2012-2017, Helmholtz Alliance
  • DIARS – Detection of invasive plant species and their impact assessment on ecosystem properties through remote sensing, 2014-2016, EU FP7 Biodiversa, FE 1331 / 3-1
  • CaTReS – Canopy traits in remote sensing of floristic and functional vegetation patterns, 2013-14, DFG standard method FE 1331 / 2-1
  • COSIMA-FecMo – integrated revolution elevation change model for glaciers and ice caps, 2015-2017, DBU 20014/238
  • GEKKO – Assessment of essential climate variables – Observation of glacier changes in the tropical Andes, 2016-2018, DLR BMWI
  • IMPECCABLE  – IMPROVED GODETIC GLACIER mAss BALANCES Measurements by integrating remote sensing, surface mass balance and computational modeling – a case study from James Ross Island, Antarctica, 2016-2019, DFG
  • GROCE – Detection of Grounding Lines and Supra-Glacial Meltwater at the 79 ° Glacier in Greenland, 2017-2020, BMBF

Closed projects:

  • DyStAP – Dynamic state of Wilkins and George VI ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula south-western, 2010-2014, DFG SPP 1158 Antarctic research
  • VELMAP – Velocities, elevation and mass changes of Antarctic Peninsula Glaciers, 2012-2015, DFG SPP 1158 Antarctic Research BR2105 / 9-1
  • IMCONet – Interdisciplinary Modeling of Climate Change in Coastal Western Antarctica – Network of Staff Exchange and Training, 2013-2016, EU FP7 IRSES 318718
  • BayIntAn – Reconstruction of climate at Glaciar Perito Moreno (Patagonia) based on dendro-ecological studies, meteorological measurements and remote sensing, 2014


In a Consecutive Schedule, GIS, remote sensing as well as basic image processing techniques. GIS and remote sensing skills in the field of geoinformatics at the end of your studies. Please see the “Course Catalog” for current offers or contact our teaching staff for advice on your career plan or topics for bachelor / master theses. For bachelor theses we suggest that you have at least attended our practical introductory class on remote sensing (DBV-1); geoinformatics classes is strongly recommended. Please visit our GIS-Wiki Homepage to get an idea of our eLearning support to the various classes ..

Module plan AG Braun 2014

Internships and student exchange
We maintain very close contacts to various national and international research institutions and private companies. We are happy to support you in your search for internship or study abroad. GIS and remote sensing knowledge in order to generate a win-win situation between your knowledge and the host’s work benefit for supervising you.


Shaper members of the working group