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Dr. Michael Förster

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Senior Scientist

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

Email: michael.foerster(at)tu-berlin.de [2]

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

Publications

  • Articles
  • Other Publications

Articles

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2019

Kattenborn, T., Lopatina, J., Förster, M., Braun, A. C. and Fassnacht, F. E. (2019): UAV data as alternative to field sampling to map woody invasive species based on combined Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data [7]. Remote Sensing of Environment, 227(2019), pp. 61-73.


2018

Holtgrave, A.-K., Förster, M., Greifeneder, F., Notarnicola, C. and Kleinschmit, B. (2018): Estimation of Soil Moisture in Vegetation-Covered Floodplains with Sentinel-1 SAR Data Using Support Vector Regression [8]. PFG – Journal of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Science, 2018, pp. 85–101.


Klinke, R., Kuechly, H., Frick, A., Förster, M., Schmidt, T., Holtgrave, A.-K. a. K. B., Spengler, D. and Neumann, C. (2018): Indicator-Based Soil Moisture Monitoring ofWetlands by Utilizing Sentinel and Landsat Remote Sensing Data [9]. PFG – Journal of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Science, 2018, pp. 71–84.


2017

Möller, M., Gerstmann, H., Gao, F., Dahms, T. C. and Förster, M. (2017): Coupling of phenological information and simulated vegetation index time series: Limitations and potentials for the assessment and monitoring of soil erosion risk [10]. Catena, 170, pp. 192-205. doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2016.11.016 [11]


Schmidt, J., Fassnacht, F. E., Neff, C., Lausch, A., Kleinschmit, B., Förster, M. and Schmidtlein, S. (2017): Adapting a Natura 2000 field guideline for a remote sensing-based assessment of heathland conservation status [12]. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 60, pp. 61-71. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2017.04.005 [13]


2016

Gärtner, P., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2016): The benefit of synthetically generated RapidEye and Landsat 8 data fusion time series for riparian forest disturbance monitoring [14]. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2016(177), pp. 237-247. doi: doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.01.028 [15]


Neumann, C., Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B. and Itzerott, S. (2016): Utilizing a PLSR-Based Band-Selection Procedure for Spectral Feature Characterization of Floristic Gradients [16]. EEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 2016, pp. 1-15. doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2536199 [17]


2015

Clasen, A., Somers, B., Pipkins, K., Tits, L., Segl, K., Brell, M., Kleinschmit, B., Spengler, D., Lausch, A. and Förster, M. (2015): Spectral Unmixing of Forest Crown Components at Close Range, Airborne and Simulated Sentinel-2 and EnMAP Spectral Imaging Scale [18]. remote sensing, 2015(7), pp. 26. doi: 10.3390/rs71115361 [19]


Baur, A. H., Lauf, S., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2015): Estimating greenhouse gas emissions of European cities — Modeling emissions with only one spatial and one socioeconomic variable [20]. Science of the Total Environment, 2015(520), pp. 49-58. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.030 [21]


Rocchini, D., Andreo, V., Förster, M., Gutierrez, A., Gillespie, W., Hauffe, H., He, K., Kleinschmit, B., Mairota, P., Marcantonio, M., Metz, M., Nagendra, H., Pareeth, S., Ponti, L., Ricotta, C., Rizzoli, A., Schaab, G., Zebisch, M., Zorer, R. and Neteler, M. (2015): Potential of remote sensing to predict species invasions: A modelling perspective [22]. Progress in Physical Geography, 39(3), pp. 283-309. doi: 10.1177/0309133315574659 [23]


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Other Publications

An ontological system for interoperable spatial generalisation in biodiversity monitoring
Citation key Nieland2015a
Author Nieland, S. and Moran, N. and Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M.
Pages 86-95
Year 2015
ISSN 00983004
DOI 10.1016/j.cageo.2015.08.006
Journal Computers & Geosciences
Volume 84
Abstract Semantic heterogeneity remains a barrier to data comparability and standardisation of results in different fields of spatial research. Because of its thematic complexity, differing acquisition methods and national nomenclatures, interoperability of biodiversity monitoring information is especially difficult. Since data collection methods and interpretation manuals broadly vary there is a need for automatised, objective methodologies for the generation of comparable data-sets. Ontology-based applications offer vast opportunities in data management and standardisation. This study examines two data-sets of protected heathlands in Germany and Belgium which are based on remote sensing image classification and semantically formalised in an OWL2 ontology. The proposed methodology uses semantic relations of the two data-sets, which are (semi-)automatically derived from remote sensing imagery, to generate objective and comparable information about the status of protected areas by utilising kernel-based spatial reclassification. This automatised method suggests a generalisation approach, which is able to generate delineation of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) of the European biodiversity Natura 2000 network. Furthermore, it is able to transfer generalisation rules between areas surveyed with varying acquisition methods in different countries by taking into account automated inference of the underlying semantics. The generalisation results were compared with the manual delineation of terrestrial monitoring. For the different habitats in the two sites an accuracy of above 70% was detected. However, it has to be highlighted that the delineation of the ground-truth data inherits a high degree of uncertainty, which is discussed in this study.
Link to original publication [28] Download Bibtex entry [29]

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