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Prof. Dr. Birgit Kleinschmit



Phone: +49 (0)30 / 314 - 72 84 7


Room: EB 235a
Consultation hour: by arrangement

Personal Data
Date and place of birth: 1973 (Münster, Westphalia, Germany)
Employment and academic vita
Announced as University Professor and Head of the Department of Geoinformation in Environmental Planning at the Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning of the Berlin University of Technology
Assistant Professor (“Juniorprofessorin”) at the Department of Geoinformation Processing for Landscape and Environmental Planning of the Berlin University of Technology
Consultant and software developer, INTEND Geoinformatik GmbH, Kassel, Germany
Scientific staff member ("Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin"), Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Department of Forest Assessment & Remote Sensing, Forest Growth, Forest Planning
Diploma study of forest science at the University of Göttingen
Doctorate (doctor forest), Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Grade: magna cum laude
Diploma, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Grade: 1,9 (on a scale from 1 to 6, where 1 is highest)

Research Topics

    • Studying land use dynamics on different scales to understand natural and human environmental systems using geospatial information technologies (GIS & Remote Sensing)
    • Modelling environmental changes and assessing the impacts on humans and ecosystems
    • Knowledge-based combination of geoinformation and remote sensing data
    • Evaluating of new sensor technologies

      Important Functions, Awards, Honors

      • Since 2019     
        Member of Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

      • Since 2019      
        Research Transfer advisory board Member, TU Berlin

      • Since 2018
        Deputy Director, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, TU Berlin

      • Since 2015      
        Co-speaker of the DFG research training group Urban water interfaces

      • Since 2016      
        Admissions and Steering Committee member of the Berlin International Graduate School in Model and Simulation based Research (BIMoS), TU Berlin

      • 2012-2018        
        Leader of the Special Interest Group „Analysis of remote sensing data” of the German Association for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation

      • Since 2018      
        Member of the Commission for the Allocation of Doctoral Grants of Elsa Neumann Scholarships

      • Since 2010      
        Steering Committee member of Geo.X – Research Network for Geosciences in Berlin and Potsdam



      Golovko, D., Roessner, S., Behling, R., Wetzel, H.-U. and Kleinschmit, B. (2015). Development of Multi-Temporal Landslide Inventory Information System for Southern Kyrgyzstan Using GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing. Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformation. E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 157 - 172.

      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, 283-309.

      Nieland, S., Moran, N., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2015). An ontological system for interoperable spatial generalisation in biodiversity monitoring. Computers & Geosciences, 86-95.

      Ayazli, I., Kilic, F., Lauf, S., Demir, H. and Kleinschmit, B. (2015). Simulating urban growth driven by transportation networks: A case study of the Istanbul third bridge. Land Use Policy, 332-340.

      Heine, I., Stüve, P., Kleinschmit, B. and Itzerott, S. (2015). Reconstruction of Lake Level Changes of Groundwater-Fed Lakes in Northeastern Germany Using RapidEye Time Series. Water 2015, 4175-4199.

      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, 133-141.

      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, 25-34.


      Dugord, P., Lauf, S., Schuster, C. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014). Land use patterns, temperature distribution, and potential heat stress risk - The case study Berlin, Germany. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 86-98.

      Behling, R., Roessner, S., Segl, K., Kleinschmit, B. and Kaufmann, H. (2014). Robust Automated Image Co-Registration of Optical Multi-Sensor Time Series Data: Database Generation for Multi-Temporal Landslide Detection. Remote Sensing, 2572-2600.

      Other Publications


      Matos, R., Candeias, A., Azevedo, J., Hattermann, F., Koch, H. and Kleinschmit, B. (2013). Multitemporal Analysis of Albedo, NDVI and temperature in the surroundings of Itaparica's reservoir - PE, Brazil: years of 1985 and 2010. Sustainable Management of Water and Land in Semiarid Areas. Federal University of Pernambuco, Editora Universitária, 224-240.

      Koch, R. and Kleinschmit, B. (2013). Maximum entropy modelling of Caatinga plant species in a semiarid area of northeast Brazil. 43th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ): Building bridges in ecology - linking systems, scales and disciplines. Book of Abstracts. Proceedings of the GfÖ, Volume 43, 293-294.

      Förster, M., Köppen, A., Ferretti, J., Köppel, J. and Kleinschmit, B. (2013). Generalisation of Planning Data as a Contribution to Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA): The Example of a City-Wide Biotope-Type Assessment for Berlin. Planning Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Development. Springer, 151-165.

      Heuner, M., Bahls, A., Bauer, E., Kinkeldey C.and Faude, U., Kleinschmit, B., Schiewe, J., Schmidtlein, S. and Schröder, U. (2013). Erfassung der Vorlandvegetation durch Fernerkundungsmethoden unter Berücksichtigung von Unsicherheiten. Geoinformationen für die Küstenzone - Beiträge des 4. Hamburger Symposiums zur Küstenzone und Beiträge des 9. Strategie-Workshops zur Nutzung der Fernerkundung im Bereich der BfG/Wasser- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung. Sokrates & Freunde, 247-259.


      Suchenwirth, L., Gärtner, P., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2012). Combining Object-Based Image Analysis and Data Mining for Carbon Assessment in Floodplains. 4th International Conference on GEographic Object-Based Image Analysis, 96-101.

      Lauf, S., Haase, D. and Kleinschmit, B. (2012). Land-use scenario modelling based on human decisions – Combining system dynamics and cellular automata. International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs) 2012

      Förster, M., Schmidt, T., Schuster, C. and Kleinschmit, B. (2012). Multi-Temporal Detection of Grassland Vegetation with Rapideye Imagery and a Spectral-Temporal Library. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 4930-4933.

      Gärtner, P., Frick, A., Bahls, A. and Kleinschmit, B. (2012). Monitoring von Biotopen an Bundeswasserstraßen mit RapidEye Daten. RapidEye Science Archive (RESA) - Vom Algorithmus zum Produkt. Gito, 93-109.


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