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Sabrina Esch



Sabrina Esch

Scientist in C3


University of Cologne
Institute of Geography

Zülpicher Str. 45
50674 Cologne


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SFB/TR32 - Project affiliations

C3 - Analysis of temporal and spatial structures of soil moisture by integrating remote sensing and process based modelling

MGK - Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) – all doctoral students

Doctoral research topic

Project start date: 04/13

Derivation and analysis of spatial soil moisture patterns from SAR-data

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Karl Schneider

Other doctoral committee members: Prof. Dr. Georg Bareth, Prof. Dr. Uwe Rascher, Dr. Wolfgang Korres

Scientific interests

  • SAR
  • Soil Moisture Retrieval
  • Soil Moisture Patterns
  • Radar Remote Sensing of Vegetation Parameters
  • SAR Polarimetry


2007-2013: Diploma in Geography, University of Cologne

Thesis title: Ableitung und Analyse von Oberflächenbodenfeuchtemustern im Einzugsgebiet der Rur mit Hilfe von ERS-Daten

Fieldwork / Research assignments

  • Soil moisture measurements (FDR)
  • Biomass / vegetation parameters
  • Campaign Measurements during satellite overflights


2009-2013: Research Assistent at Cologne Institute for Economic Research; Research Unit "Environment, Energy, Resources"; Project "KLIMZUG - climate change in regions"

Conference Contributions

09.-13.05.2016: ESA Living Planet Symposium 2016. Prague, Czech Republic.
Poster title: Observing Soil Moisture Patterns on Agricultural Fields in the Rur Catchment Using ESA SAR Datasets.

26.-30.01.2015: 7th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry POLinSAR 2015. ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.
Poster title: Derivation of Soil Moisture Patterns on Agricultural Fields from SAR-data in the Rur-Catchment.


09/2014: Best Poster Award at the 5th ESA Advanced Training Course in Land Remote Sensing.
Poster title: Derivation of Soil Moisture Patterns from SAR-data in the Rur-Catchment.


12.-21.07.2016: Summer School Alpbach 2016: Satellite Observations of the Global Water Cycle.
Alpbach, Austria.

28.09.-02.10.2015: Cologne Summer School 2015: Non-Linear Methods for Complex Systems Analysis at University of Cologne.

19.-23.01.2015: 3rd ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry at ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.

08.-12.09.2014: 5th ESA Advanced Training Course in Land Remote Sensing at University of Valencia, Spain.

Professional Memberships

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society


Precipitation radar Uni Bonn

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