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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



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


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.


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


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


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.


Förster, M., Schuster, C. and Kleinschmit, B. (2010): Significance Analysis of Multi-temporal RapidEye Satellite Images in a Land-cover Classification. In: Tate, N.J. and Fisher, P.F. (Eds.): Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Leicester, UK, pp. 273-276.

Förster, M., Frick, A., Schuster, C. and Kleinschmit, B. (2010): Object-based Change Detection Analysis for the Monitoring of Habitats in the Framework of the NATURA 2000 Directive with Mulit-temporal Satellite Data. In: Addink, E.A. and Van Coillie, F.M.B. (Eds.): GEOBIA 2010-Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

Köppen, A., Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B., Köppel, J. and Ferretti, J. (2010): SUPPORT – A Strategic Planning and Decision Support Instrument for Environmental Urban Planning in Berlin. In: Schrenk, M. and Popovich, V.V. and Zeile, P. (Eds.): Proc. of REAL CORP 2010, Vienna. ISBN: 978-39502139-8-0

Suchenwirth, L., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2010): Modelling the distribution of organic carbon stocks in floodplain soils with VHSR remote sensing data and additional geoinformation. Proceedings of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Conference - Remote Sensing and the Carbon Cycle, Burlington House, London. ISBN: 978-1-6173885-0-7

Kärgel, S., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2010): Das Potential von Landsat-Zeitreihen für die Analyse phänologischer Muster bei der Blattentfaltung von Laubwaldvegetation. In: Strobl, J. and Blaschke, T. and Griesebner, G. (Eds.): Angewandte Geoinformatik 2010 - Beiträge zum 22. AGIT-Symposium Salzburg, Salzburg, Österreich, pp. 632-637. ISBN: 978-3-87907-495-2

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