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Dr. Michael Förster

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Senior Scientist

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 314 - 72 79 8

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Room: EB 236b
Consultation hour: by arrangement

Personal Data
Date and place of birth: 1975 (Burgstädt, Saxony, Germany)
Employment and academic vita
2018
Visiting Scientist at the Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra, Italy (Bioeconomy Unit)
2012
Visiting Scientist at the University Utrecht, Netherlands (Department of Physical Geography)
2010
Visiting Scientist at the European Academy Bolzano (EURAC), Italy (Institute for Applied Remote Sensing)
since 2009
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Department of Geoinformation Processing for Landscape and Environmental Planning
2003-2008
Research Scientist
Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Department of Geoinformation Processing for Landscape and Environmental Planning
2001-2003
Consultant and GIS-Coordinator
Environmental Consulting and Planning Agency - Froelich & Sporbeck, Potsdam, Germany
1999-2001
Research Associate
Geo-Forschungs-Zentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Section 1.4 (Remote Sensing)
1998-1999
Exchange Student (ERASMUS)
University of Southampton, UK
1996-2003
Studies of Geoecology
Universität Potsdam, Germany
Degrees
2003
Diploma, University of Potsdam Grade: 1,1 (on a scale from 1 to 6, where 1 is highest)
2009
Doctorate, Technische Universität Berlin, summa cum laude

Research Topics

  • Development of methods to analyse the dynamics of ecosystems from time-series (optical and SAR), especially for degradation processes or abrupt damages (e.g. caused by fire or storms)
  • Relation of temporal and spectral signals to plant traits and biophysical variables (xantophyll, nitrogen, chlorophyll and fluorescence)
  • Derivation of operationalizable and comprehensive environmental indicators that are needed for the effective implementation of management measures (e.g. within the framework of the European NATURA 2000 requirements) or for a better understanding of ecosystems
  • Interaction of vegetation structure, which can be measured with LiDAR or SAR, with spectral information for the evaluation of forest properties
  • Combining spatially very high resolution data (drones) with satellite data to understand ecohydrological processes and especially to derive hydrological variables such as soil moisture content or interception

Articles

2012

Suchenwirth, L., Förster, M., Cierjacks, A., Lang, F. and Kleinschmit, B. (2012): Knowledge-based Classification of Remote Sensing Data for the Estimation of Below and Above ground Organic Carbon Stocks in Riparian Forests. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 20, pp. 151-163. doi: 10.1007/s11273-012-9252-8


Förster, S., Kaden, K., Förster, M. and Itzerott, S. (2012): Crop type mapping using spectral-temporal profiles and phenological information. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 89, pp. 30-40. doi: 10.1016/j.compag.2012.07.015


2011

Schuster, C., Ali, I., Lohmann, P., Frick, A., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011): Towards Detecting Swath Events in TerraSAR-X Time Series to Establish NATURA 2000 Grassland Habitat Swath Management as Monitoring Parameter. Remote Sensing, 3(7), pp. 1308-1322.


2010

Förster, M., Spengler, D., Buddenbaum, H., Hill, J. and Kleinschmit, B. (2010): Ein Überblick über die Kombination spektraler und geometrischer Modellierung zur Anwendung in der forstlichen Fernerkundung. Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation – PFG, 4, pp. 253-264.


2009


2008

Förster, M., Frick, A., Walentowski, H. and Kleinschmit, B. (2008): Approaches to utilising Quickbird-Data for the Monitoring of NATURA 2000 habitats. Community Ecology, 9(2), pp. 155-168. doi: 10.1556/ComCe.9.2008.2.4


Förster, M., Helms, Y., Herberg, A., Itzerott, S., Köppen, A., Kunzmann, K., Radtke, D. and Ross, L. (2008): A Site-related Analysis for the Production of Biomass as a Contribution to Sustainable Regional Land-use. Environmental Management, 41(584-498). doi: 10.1007/s00267-008-9068-8


2007

Kleinschmit, B., Förster, M., Frick, A. and Oehmichen, K. (2007): QuickBird Data – experiences with ordering, quality and pan sharpening. Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation – PFG(2), pp. 73-84.


2006

Kleinschmit, B., Förster, M., Korte, B. and Ross, L. (2006): Energie vom Acker - Potenziale und Risiken des Biomasseanbaus. GIS Business, 8, pp. 25-27.


2005

Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B. and Walentowski, H. (2005): Comparison of three modelling approaches of potential natural forest habitats in Bavaria, Germany. Waldökologie Online, 2, pp. 126-135.


Other Publications

2011

Schuster, C., Ali, I., Lohmann, P., Frick, A., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011): Analysis of TerraSAR-X time series for detecting swath events in NATURA 2000 grassland habitats. TerraSAR-X Science Team Meeting, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Oberpfaffenhofen.


Schuster, C., Ali, I., Schmidt, T., Lohmann, P., Frick, A., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011): Synergistic analysis of multi-temporal RapidEye and TerraSAR-X data for monitoring NATURA 2000 grassland habitats. 4th. Workshop of EARSeL SIG LULC, Prag, Tschechische Republik.


Suchenwirth, L., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011): Organic Carbon stocks in riparian forests: A data-mining approach for climate-relevant carbo-budgeting. Forest Biodiversity in a Changing Climate Conference, Freiburg, Germany.


Suchenwirth, L., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2011): Data mining of VHSR satellite data and additional geodatafor modelling of organic carbon stocks in Central European floodplains. 1st Workshop on Forestry: Operational remote sensing in forest management, 31 st EARSeL Annual Symposium 2011 in Prague.


Vanden Borre, J., Haest, B., Lang, S., Spanhove, T., Förster, M. and Sifakis, N. (2011): Towards a wider uptake of remote sensing in Natura 2000 monitoring: Streamlining remote sensing products with users' needs and expectations. Second International Conference on Space Technology, Athens, Greece, pp. 1-4. ISBN: 978-1-4577-1874-8


Lang, S., Pernkopf, L., Vanden Borre, J., Förster, M., Haest, B., Buck, O. and Frick, A. (2011): Fostering sustainability in European nature conservation -NATURA 2000 habitat monitoring based on Earth observation services. Proceedings of the 1st World Sustainability Forum e-conference.


Förster, M., Frick, A. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011): Application of a phenological library to detect grassland-habitats with a RapidEye intra-annual time-series. 4th. Workshop of EARSeL SIG LULC, Prag.


Förster, M., Frick, A. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011): Utilization of spectral measurements and phenological observations to detect grassland-habitats with a RapidEye intra-annual time-series. 6th International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-temporal Remote Sensing Images (Multi-Temp), Trento, Italy, pp. 265-267.


Förster, M., Schuster, C., Sonnenschein, R., Bahls, A. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011): Möglichkeiten der Erfassung von Landbedeckung und Vegetationsgesellschaften mittels RapidEye-Daten. In: Borg, E. and Daedelow, H. (Eds.): RapidEye Science Archive (RESA) – Erste Ergebnisse – 3. RESA Workshop, Neustrelitz, pp. 3-17. ISBN: 978-3-942183-38-3


Suchenwirth, L., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2011): Einsatz von data mining - ein nichtparametrischer Klassifikator in der Umweltanalyse. DGPF- Arbeitskreis "Auswertung von Fernerkundungsdaten", Halle, Germany.


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