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Dr. Michael Förster


Senior Scientist

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


Room: EB 236b
Consultation hour: by arrangement

Personal Data
Date and place of birth: 1975 (Burgstädt, Saxony, Germany)
Employment and academic vita
Visiting Scientist at the Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra, Italy (Bioeconomy Unit)
Visiting Scientist at the University Utrecht, Netherlands (Department of Physical Geography)
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
Research Scientist
Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Department of Geoinformation Processing for Landscape and Environmental Planning
Consultant and GIS-Coordinator
Environmental Consulting and Planning Agency - Froelich & Sporbeck, Potsdam, Germany
Research Associate
Geo-Forschungs-Zentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Section 1.4 (Remote Sensing)
Exchange Student (ERASMUS)
University of Southampton, UK
Studies of Geoecology
Universität Potsdam, Germany
Diploma, University of Potsdam Grade: 1,1 (on a scale from 1 to 6, where 1 is highest)
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


Other Publications


Velazquez, J., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2008): GIS and Remote Sensing for Natura 2000 Monitoring in Mediterranean Biogeographic Region. In: Car, A. and Griesebner, G. and Strobl, J. (Eds.): Proceedings of the Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg, Salzburg, pp. 268-275. ISBN: 978-3-87907-465-5

Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2008): Object-based classification of QuickBird data using ancillary information for the detection of forest types and NATURA 2000 habitats. In: Blaschke, T. and Lang, S. and Hay, G. (Eds.): Object-Based Image Analysis, Springer, pp. 275-290. ISBN: 978-3-540-77057-2


Förster, M., Frick, A. and Kleinschmit, B. (2007): Approaches of Utilising QuickBird Data for the Monitoring of NATURA 2000 habitats. In: Feldmeyer-Christe, E. (Eds.): Monitoring the effectiveness of nature conservation - Abstracts, International Conference, Birmesdorf, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research.

Korte, B., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2007): Land use change resulting from increased bioenergy production in Germany. In: Addink,E. and Barendregt, A. and Ettema, D. and Karssenberg, D. and Nijs,T. (Eds.): Framing Land Use Dynamics II, Utrecht University, pp. 105-106.

Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2007): Comparison of Different Integration Techniques of Ancillary Information into an Object-Based Classification Process. In: Heipke, C. and Jacobsen, K. and Gerke, M. (Eds.): ISPRS Workshop on High Resolution Earth Imaging for Geospatial Information, Hannover, Germany.

Förster, M., Velazquez, J. and Kleinschmit, B. (2007): Modelling of NATURA 2000 Habitat Types in Different Biogeographic Regions - Experiences from Spain and Germany. ForestSat 2007, Montpellier, France.

Herbst, H., Förster, M., Uehlein, U. and Kleinschmit, B. (2007): Verwendbarkeit von Landschaftsstrukturmaßen als Bewertungsinstrument in der Landschaftsrahmenplanung. In: Strobl, J. and Blaschke, T. and Griesebner, G. (Eds.): Angewandte Geoinformatik 2007 - Beiträge zum 19. AGIT Symposium Salzburg, Salzburg, pp. 234-239. ISBN: 978-3-87907-451-8


Kleinschmit, B., Walentowski, H., Förster, M., Fischer, M., Seitz, R., Kraft, P., Schlutow, A. and Bock, M. (Eds.) (2006): Erfassung von Wald-Lebensraumtypen in FFH-Gebieten. Bayerische Landesanstalt für Wald und Forstwirtschaft (LWF), LWF-Wissen, 51, pp. 40.

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Fachgebiet Geoinformation in der Umweltplanung
Sekretariat EB5
Room EB 236a
Straße des 17. Juni 145
D - 10623 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 314 - 73 29 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 314 - 23 50 7