The Department of Remote Sensing brings together leading Slovene experts for remote sensing. It is active in the development of methodology and application of remote sensing as well as in geographic information systems (GIS). Within the remote sensing research the problems of automatic satellite imagery registration and its advanced classification are investigated, paying particular attention to the development of new techniques of artificial intelligence and modelling. The GIS studies include innovative generation of variables important in environment modelling, statistical analyses of their significance, cognitive cartography techniques and natural and cultural landscape modelling. In collaboration with the Department of Anthropological Studies we carry out innovative interdisciplinary research in the field of anthropology of space and place and archaeology.

The group is also active in monitoring of natural disasters from Space and has been actively involved as a local rapid mapping partner in all three activations of the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ from Slovenia, including Charter's overall first activation in the year 2000.

In 2010 eleven partners, including ZRC SAZU, established the Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies (SPACE-SI). Within the SPACE-SI, ZRC SAZU is represented by Department of Remote Sensing, with Žiga Kokalj being the head of the remote sensing operations.

The experts of both organizations joined into the Remote Sensing Centre, composed from the remote sensing experts from the SPACE-SI and from the researchers of the Department of Remote Sensing ZRC SAZU. Studies and applications performed so far by the Remote Sensing Centre are presented within the brochure (PDF, 15 MB).

Head of the department: Žiga Kokalj, PhD

Main fields of research:
- optical image pre-processing (radiometric and geometric corrections)
- rapid mapping of natural and man-made disasters
- object-based image analysis
- small satellites
- special algorithms for lidar data processing
- remote sensing applications