Research Group Bartsch

Research Topic

Land Surface Remote Sensing

Research Interest

Permafrost is an essential climate variable. It is a subsurface phenomenon, which cannot be directly measured with remotely sensed data. However, many parameters, which influence the ground thermal regime and surface indicators, can be captured with satellite data. We focus on changes of landscape hydrology and their impact in the Arctic. This includes monitoring of thaw lakes, snow conditions and surface moisture with satellite data.


  • Elin Högström (MSc), PhD student (Vienna University of Technology)
    Remote sensing of land surface hydrology (EU FP7 + INTERACT)
  • Barbara Widhalm  (DI), PhD student (Vienna University of Technology, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik) Remote sensing of landsurface hydrology (FWF + ESA GlobPermafrost)
  • Helena Bergstedt (MSc), PhD student (FWF Doctoral college GIScience, University of Salzburg)
  • Georg Pointner (BSc), Master student (FWF, Vienna University of Technology)

Selected Publications


  • GlobPermafrost – a service for Permafrost monitoring (ESA DUE program)
  • PAGE21 – Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its global effects in the 21st century
    EU FP7, Coordinator: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
  • Data User Element Permafrost
    European Space Agency, Coordinator: Vienna University of Technology
  • Support to Science Element ALANIS-Methane
    European Space Agency, Coordinator: Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, UK
  • COLD Yamal – Combining remote sensing and field studies for assessment of Landform Dynamics and permafrost state on Yamal
    Austrian Science Fund, Joint Russian-Austrian project (University of Salzburg, Vienna University of Technology, Earth Cryosphere Institute)


Seward Peninsula

Seward peninsula, Alaska


Yamal, Russia