Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Wolfgang Wagner
Tel.: +43-1-58801-12200

Centre for Water Resource Systems,
Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13/222, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation

Vienna University of Technology, Gußhausstraße 27-29, A-1040 Vienna, Austria




Brocca, L., Moramarco, T., Melone, F. and Wagner, W. 2013. A new method for rainfall estimation through soil moisture observations. Geophysical Research Letters, in press.


Gruber, A., Dorigo, W.A., Zwieback, S., Xaver, A. and Wagner, W. 2013. Characterizing coarse-scale representativeness of in-situ soil moisture measurements from the International Soil Moisture Network. Vadose Zone Journal, in press.

Doubkova, M., Van Dijk, A.I.J.M., Sabel, D., Wagner, W. and Blöschl, G. 2012. Evaluation of the predicted error of the soil moisture retrieval from C-band SAR by comparison against modelled soil moisture estimates over Australia. Remote Sensing of Environment, 120, 188–196


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Prof. Wolfgang Wagner





Prof. Wagner is professor for remote sensing and since October 2012 he is the head of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation. He has been a member of the Science Advisory Group of METOP ASCAT (jointly organized by EUMETSAT and ESA) since 2003 and of the Mission Advisory Group of Sentinel-1 (ESA) since 2011. In 2009 he became co-chair of the Land Product Validation Subgroup on soil moisture within the CEOS Working Group on Calibration and Validation, and in 2012 he became a member of the GCOS/GTOS/WCRP Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC).

Teaching: Fundamentals of remote sensing, Spatial data from photogrammetry and remote sensing, Microwave remote sensing, Spatial data from photogrammetry and remote sensing


Research Interests


• Remote sensing
• Geophysical retrieval
• Scatterometry
• Airborne laser scanning
• Surface soil moisture
• Synthetic Aperture Radar
• Full-waveform laser scanning data, terrain models
• Quantitative vegetation retrieval

The main research interests of Wolfgang Wagner lie in physical modelling and geophysical parameter retrieval from remote sensing data. His scope is to develop robust algorithms, taking into account instrument specifications and application requirements. He has mainly worked with active remote sensing techniques, in particular scatterometry, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and airborne laser scanning (lidar), although he also has experience with optical and infrared sensors. 

In the field of lidar remote sensing Wolfgang Wagner has been the coordinator of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for “Spatial Data from Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing” which has been supported by eleven national and international companies. His main interest lies in physical modelling and calibration of full-waveform laser scanner data, applied to the problems of improving the terrain models, quantitative vegetation retrieval and object modelling.

Key Facts


Wolfang Wagner received his Dipl.-Ing. (MSc) degree in physics and his Dr.techn. (PhD) degree in remote sensing, both with excellence, from the Vienna University of Technology. In support of his master and PhD studies he received fellowships to carry out research at the University of Bern (1993), Atmospheric Environment Service Canada (1994), NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre (1995), European Space Agency (1996), and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (1996-1998). From 1999 to 2001 he worked with the German Aerospace Agency (DLR), first as a project assistant at the Institute of High Frequency Technology and later as the head of the SAR Applications team at the German Remote Sensing Data Centre.