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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


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

Schuster, C., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2010): Evaluation of the RapidEye red edge channel for improving land-use classifications. In: Kohlhofer, G. and Franzen, M. (Eds.): Tagungsband Dreiländertagung OVG, DGPF und SGPF, 30. Wissenschaftlich-Technische Jahrestagung der DGPF, Technische Universiät Wien, Wien, Österreich, pp. 119-126.

Suchenwirth, L. and Förster, M. (2010): Knowledge-based classification of very high spatial resolution remote sensing data for a model of organic carbon stocks in riparian forest soils. In: Miranda, D. and Suárez, J. and Crecente, R. (Eds.): ForestSat 2010 - Operational tools in forestry using remote sensing techniques, Lugo, Spain. ISBN: 978-84-693-5600-5

Förster, M. and Frick, A. (2010): Einsatzmöglichkeiten von geometrisch, spektral und zeitlich sehr hoch aufgelösten Fernerkundungsdaten für das Biodiversitätsmonitoring. In: Doerpinghaus, A. and Dröschmeister, R. and Fritsche, B. (Eds.): Naturschutz-Monitoring in Deutschland - Stand und Perspektiven, Vilm, pp. 221-234. ISBN: 978-3-7843-3983-2


Förster, M., Korte-Schemm, B., Ross, L. and Kleinschmit, B. (2009): A GIS-method to detect suitable locations for the cultivation of biomass for energy production in Germany. International Conference on Food Security and Environmental Sustainability - FSES, Kharagpur, India.

Förster, M., Frick, A., Schuster, C., Körth, K., Itzerott, S., Neumann, C., Förster, S. and Kleinschmit, B. (2009): Multi-sensor Approaches for Detecting Protected Plant Communities in a Nature Conservation Heathland Area in Germany. 3rd. Workshop of EARSeL SIG on Remote Sensing of Land Use & Land Cover, Bonn, pp. 125-126.

Förster, M., Köppen, A., Kleinschmit, B. and Bangert, D. (2009): Erstellung von Abstraktionsmodellen für ein Planungs- und Entscheidungsinstrument zur Bewertung natur- und umweltverträglicher Stadtentwicklung. In: Reinhardt, W. and Krüger, A. and Ehlers, M. (Eds.): Geoinformatik 2009, Osnabrück, pp. 121-128. ISBN: 978-3-89838-619-7

Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2009): Towards an intra-annual vegetation analysis - the concept of a phenologic library. In: Heipke, C. and Jacobsen, K. and Müller, S. and Sörgel, U. (Eds.): ISPRS Workshop on High Resolution Earth Imaging for Geospatial Information, Hannover, Germany.


Förster, M., Köppen, A., Bangert, D., Ross, L., Köppel, J. and Kleinschmit, B. (2008): Development of a Data Integration and Management Tool for the Strategic Environmental Assessment for Sustainable City Planning in Berlin. In: Dilly, O. and Helming, K. (Eds.): International Conference of Imapact Assessment of Land Use Changes - Abstracts, Berlin.

Köppen, A., Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B. and Bangert, D. (2008): Datenintegrationskonzept für die Entwicklung eines raumbezogenen strategischen Planungs- und Entscheidungsinstruments für Berlin. In: Strobl, J. and Blaschke, T. and Griesebner, G. (Eds.): AGIT Symposium - Salzburg, Wichmann, Heidelberg, pp. 218-223. ISBN: 978-3-87907-464-8


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