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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



      Behling, R., Roessner, S., Kaufmann, H. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014). Automated Spatiotemporal Landslide Mapping over Large Areas Using RapidEye Time Series Data. Remote Sensing, 8026-8055.

      Schmidt, T., Schuster, C., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2014). Evaluating an Intra-Annual Time Series for Grassland Classification—How Many Acquisitions and What Seasonal Origin Are Optimal?. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 3428-3439.

      Rumbaur, C., Thevs, N., Disse, M., Ahlheim, M., Brieden, A., Cyffka, B., Doluschitz, R., Duethmann, D., Feike, T., Frör, O., Gärtner, P., Halik, Ü., Hill, J., Hinnenthal, M., Keilholz, P., Kleinschmit, B., Krysanova, V., Kuba, M., Mader, S., Menz, C., Othmanli, H., Pelz, S., Schroeder, M., Siew, T., Stender, V., Stahr, K., Thomas, F., Welp, M., Wortmann, M., Zhao, X., Chen, X., Jiang, T., Zhao, C., Zhang, X., Luo, J., Yimit, H. and Yu, R. (2014). Sustainable management of river oases along the Tarim River in North-Western China under conditions of climate change. Earth System Dynamics, 1221-1273.

      Gärtner, P., Förster, M., Kurban, A. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014). Object based change detection of Central Asian Tugai vegetation withvery high spatial resolution satellite imagery. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. Elsevier, 110-121.

      Tillack, A., Clasen, A., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2014). Estimation of Seasonal Leaf Area Index in an Alluvial Forest Using High Resolution Satellite-based Vegetation Indices. Remote Sensing of Environment, 52-63.

      Suchenwirth, L., Stümer, W., Schmidt, T., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014). Large-scale mapping of carbon stocks in riparian forests with self-organizing maps and the k-nearest-neighbor algorithm. Forests, 1635-1652.

      Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014). Significance Analysis of Different Types of Ancillary Geodata Utilized in a Multisource Classification Process for Forest Identification in Germany. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 3453-3463.


      Marquard, E., Dauber, J., Doerpinghaus, A., Dröschmeister, R., Frommer, J., Frommolt, K.-H., Gemeinholzer, B., Henle, K., Hillebrand, H., Kleinschmit, B., Klotz, S., Kraft, D., Premke-Kraus, M., Römbke, J., Vohland, K. and Wägele, W. (2013). Biodiversitätsmonitoring in Deutschland: Herausforderungen für Politik, Forschung und Umsetzung. Natur und Landschaft, 337-341.

      Rieger, I., Lang, F., Kleinschmit, B., Kowarik, I. and Cierjacks, A. (2013). Fine root and aboveground carbon stocks in riparian forests: the roles of diking and environmental gradients. Plant and Soil, 497-509.

      Other Publications


      Ghisla, A., Rocchini, D., Neteler, M., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2012). Species distribution modelling and open source GIS: why are they still so loosely connected?. International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, 1481-1488.

      Heuner, M., Bahls, A., Bauer, E.-M., Faude, U., Kinkeldey, C., Kleinschmit, B., Schmidtlein, S., Schiewe, J. and Schröder, U. (2012). KLIWAS-Projekt 3.09 - Querschnittsaufgabe Fernerkundung - Synoptische Betrachtung fernerkundungsgestützter Vegetationserfassung - ihre Genauigkeit, Unsicherheiten und Grenzen.


      Kleinschmit, B., Geißler, G. and Ahrberg, R. (2011). Sozialräumliche Verteilung der bioklimatischen Bewertung in Berlin. UMID: Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst, THEMENHEFT UMWELTGERECHTIGKEIT. Umweltbundesamt, 33-35.

      Kleinschmit, B., Geißler, G. and Leutloff, H. (2011). Sozialräumliche Verteilung der Freiflächenversorgung in Berlin. UMID: Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst, THEMENHEFT UMWELTGERECHTIGKEIT. Umweltbundesamt, 36-38.

      Lakes, T., Hostert, P., Kleinschmit, B., Lauf, S. and Tigges, J. (2011). Remote Sensing and Spatial Modelling of the Urban Environment. Perspectives in Urban Ecology - Ecosystems and Interactions between Humans and Nature in the Metropolis of Berlin. Springer, 231-259.

      Lauf, S., Haase, D., Hostert, P., Lakes, T. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011). Households, land uses and the environment in change.

      Schuster, C., Ali, I., Lohmann, P., Frick, A., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011). Analysis of TerraSAR-X time series for detecting swath events in NATURA 2000 grassland habitats.

      Schuster, C., Ali, I., Schmidt, T., Lohmann, P., Frick, A., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2011). Synergistic analysis of multi-temporal RapidEye and TerraSAR-X data for monitoring NATURA 2000 grassland habitats.

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