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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


Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B. and Walentowski, H. (2005): Nutzung unterschiedlicher FE-Sensoren zum Monitoring von Biodiversität in NATURA 2000-Waldgebieten des Alpenvorlandes. In: Strobel, J.and Blaschke, T. and Griesebner, H. (Eds.): Angewandte Geoinformatik 2005 - Beiträge zum 17. AGIT-Symposium Salzburg, Salzburg.

Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B. and Walentowski, H. (2005): Monitoring NATURA 2000 habitats in Bavaria by the use of ASTER, SPOT5 and GIS-Data - an integrated approach. ForestSAT2005, Borås, Sweden.

Fischer, M., Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B., Seitz, R. and Walentowski, H. (2005): Comparison of three modelling approaches of potential natural forest habitats for monitoring NATURA 2000 areas in Bavaria. 35th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Regensburg.


Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B., Kenneweg, H., Walentowski, H., Fischer, M. and Seitz, R. (2004): NATURA 2000 und Fernerkundung – Vorstellung der Pilotstudie Taubenberg und Angelberger Forst. Workshop N2K Express, Freising.


Meyer, P., Ackermann, J., Balcar, P., Boddenberg, J., Detsch, R., Förster, B., Fuchs, H., Hoffmann, B., Keitel, W., Kölbel, M., Köthke, C., Koss, H., Unkrig, W., Weber, J. and Willig, J. (2001): Untersuchung der Waldstruktur und ihrer Dynamik in Naturwaldreservaten. IHW-Verlag.


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