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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

2016

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


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. remote sensing, 2015(7), pp. 26. doi: 10.3390/rs71115361


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. Science of the Total Environment, 2015(520), pp. 49-58. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.030


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. Progress in Physical Geography, 39(3), pp. 283-309. doi: 10.1177/0309133315574659


Nieland, S., Moran, N., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2015): An ontological system for interoperable spatial generalisation in biodiversity monitoring. Computers & Geosciences, 84, pp. 86-95. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2015.08.006


Nieland, S., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2015): Using ontological inference and hierarchical matchmaking to overcome semantic heterogeneity in remote sensing-based biodiversity monitoring. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 37, pp. 133-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2014.09.018


Corbane, C., Lang, S., Pipkins, K., Alleaume, S., Deshayes, M., García Milláne, V., Strasser, T., Vanden Borre, J., Toon, S. and Förster, M. (2015): Remote sensing for mapping natural habitats and their conservation status – New opportunities and challenges. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 37, pp. 7-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2014.11.005


Schuster, C., Schmidt, T., Conrad, C., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2015): Grassland Habitat Mapping by Intra-Annual Time Series Analysis - Comparison of RapidEye and TerraSAR-X Satellite Data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 34, pp. 25-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2014.06.004



Förster, M. and Frick, A. (2015): Fernerkundung als Hilfe im Naturschutz - Aktuelle Sensoren und Methoden angewandt auf Großschutzgebiete in Brandenburg. Forum der Geoökologie, 26(1), pp. 22-25.


Other Publications

2015

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. Science of the Total Environment, 2015(520), pp. 49-58. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.030


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. Progress in Physical Geography, 39(3), pp. 283-309. doi: 10.1177/0309133315574659


Nieland, S., Moran, N., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2015): An ontological system for interoperable spatial generalisation in biodiversity monitoring. Computers & Geosciences, 84, pp. 86-95. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2015.08.006



Förster, M. and Frick, A. (2015): Fernerkundung als Hilfe im Naturschutz - Aktuelle Sensoren und Methoden angewandt auf Großschutzgebiete in Brandenburg. Forum der Geoökologie, 26(1), pp. 22-25.


2014

Pipkins, K., Förster, M., Clasen, A., Schmidt, T. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014): A comparison of feature selection methods for multitemporal tree species classification. Proc. SPIE 9245, Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications, V. doi: 10.1117/12.2066632


Förster, M., Schmidt, T. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014): Monitoring of potential climate-induced impacts on woodland habitats with earth observation methods. In: Korn, H. and Stadler, J. and Bonn, A. and Bockmühl, K. and Macgregor, N. (Eds.): Proceedings of the European Conference „Climate Change and Nature Conservation in Europe – an ecological, policy and economic perspective“, Bonn, pp. 117-118. ISBN: 978-3-89624-102-3


Förster, M., Zebisch, M., Wagner-Lücker, I., Schmidt, T., Renner, K. and Neubert, M. (2014): Remote Sensing-Based Monitoring of Potential Climate-Induced Impacts on Habitats. In: Rannow, S. and Neubert, M. (Eds.): Managing Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe Under Climate Change, Springer, pp. 95-113. ISBN: 978-94-007-7959-4


Wagner-Lücker, I., Förster, M. and Janauer, G. (2014): Assessment of Climate-Induced Impacts on Habitats. In: Rannow, S. and Neubert, M. (Eds.): Managing Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe Under Climate Change, Springer, pp. 115-134. ISBN: 978-94-007-7959-4


Förster, M. and Frick, A. (2014): Multitemporale und hyperspektrale Fernerkundung für das Bio-diversitätsmonitoring - Aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse und deren Bedeutung für die künftige Nutzung der Sentinel-2-Sensordaten. In: Buck, O. and Hinterlang, D. and Müterthies, A. and Rühl, J. (Eds.): Einsatz von Fernerkundungs-Daten im Rahmen von FFH-Monitoring-Diensten in Deutschland: get ready for SENTINEL @ All, Bonn, pp. 28-35. ISBN: 978-3-89624-123-8


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