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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



      d’Oleire-Oltmanns, S., Coenradie, B. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011). An Object-Based Classification Approach for Mapping Migrant Housing in the Mega-Urban Area of the Pearl River Delta (China). Remote Sensing, 1710-1723.

      Schuster, C., Ali, I., Lohmann, P., Frick, A., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011). Towards Detecting Swath Events in TerraSAR-X Time Series to Establish NATURA 2000 Grassland Habitat Swath Management as Monitoring Parameter. Remote Sensing, 1308-1322.

      Cierjacks, A., Kleinschmit, B., Kowarik, I., Graf, M. and Lang, F. (2011). Organic matter distribution in floodplains can be predicted using spatial and vegetation structure data. River Research and Applications, 1048-1057.


      Cierjacks, A., Kleinschmit, B., Babinsky, M., Kleinschroth, F., Markert, A., Menzel, M., Ziechmann, U., Schiller, T., Graf, M. and Lang, F. (2010). Carbon stocks of soil and vegetation on Danubian floodplains. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 644-653.

      Förster, M., Spengler, D., Buddenbaum, H., Hill, J. and Kleinschmit, B. (2010). Ein Überblick über die Kombination spektraler und geometrischer Modellierung zur Anwendung in der forstlichen Fernerkundung. Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation – PFG, 253-264.


      Wang, F., Halik, Ü., Coenradie, B., Kleinschmit, B. and Kuechler, J. (2009). Under crown height of Populus euphratica along the Arghan section in the lower reaches of Tarim River in response to the emergency water transportation [J]. Ecology and Environment, 286-291.


      Cai, F., Halik, Ü., Arkin, A., Abdumijit, A., Coenradie, B. and Kleinschmit, B. (2008). Tree height distribution and density of Populus euphratica forest along the Argan section in the lower reaches of Tarim River [J]. Ecology and Environment, 1086-1090.

      Demmeler, M., Heissenhuber, A., Schultze, C., Korte, B., Kleinschmit, B. and Köppel, J. (2008). Wo es Grenzen für Mais gibt. DLG-Mitteilungen. Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft, 23-25.

      Förster, M., Frick, A., Walentowski, H. and Kleinschmit, B. (2008). Approaches to utilising Quickbird-Data for the Monitoring of NATURA 2000 habitats. Community Ecology, 155-168.

      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. Angewandte Geoinformatik 2010 - Beiträge zum 22. AGIT-Symposium Salzburg. Wichmann, 632-637.

      Kleinschmit, B. (2010). Geographische Informationssysteme. Planen - Bauen - Umwelt. Ein Handbuch.. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 188-190.

      Lauf, S., Kleinschmit, B., Haase, D., Lakes, T. and Hostert, P. (2010). An integrated land use change and ecological impact model: the case of Berlin.

      Ross, L., Döllner, J. and Kleinschmit, B. (2010). Innovative Kommunikationsinfrastrukturen zur Integration und Bereitstellung von verteilten und heterogenen Flächeninformationen. Flächen- und Standortbewertung für ein nachhaltiges Flächenmanagement - Methoden und Konzepte. Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik GmbH, 224-234.

      Schuster, C., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2010). Evaluation of the RapidEye red edge channel for improving land-use classifications. Tagungsband Dreiländertagung OVG, DGPF und SGPF, 119-126.

      Geißler, G., Kleinschmit, B., Ahrberg, R., Erdenetsogt, B., Heimann, Y., Heinsch, L., Hensel, L., Herff, T., Janke, J., Kaufmann, P., Kothe, M., Leutloff, H., Manzke, A., Rehhausen, A., Schramm, S., Töpper, S., Unger, S. and Wisniewski, B. (2010). Environmental justice in Berlin: GIS based method determining an aggregated index for urban planning. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2010, 1083-1087.


      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

      Linke, S. and Kleinschmit, B. (2009). Assessing the Dynamic Land Use Model METRONAMICA on a Local Level. Geospatial Crossroads @ GI_Forum' 09: Proceedings of the Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg. Wichmann, 120-129.


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