Short CV/Education and training

  • 1973
    Born in Münster, Westphalia, Germany

  • 1993 – 1998
    Studied forestry at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1998 – 2001
    Research associate at the University of Göttingen in the Department of Forest Utilisation, Forest Yield and Remote Sensing

  • 2001
    Doctorate (Dr. forest) at the University of Göttingen (magna cum laude)

  • 2001 – 2003
    Software developer at INTEND Geoinformatik GmbH in Kassel, Germany

  • 2003 – 2011
    Assistant professor in the area of geoinformation-processing in environmental planning at TU Berlin, Germany

  • Since 2011
    Named University Professor and director of the area "Geoinformation in environmental planning" at TU Berlin

Selected publications

  • Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2013): 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, 52(5), pp. 1-11. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2013.2273080

  • Rocchini, D., Foody, G., Nagendra, H., Ricotta, C., Anand, M., He, K., Amici, V., Kleinschmit, B., Förster, M., Schmidtlein, S., Feilhauer, H., Ghisla, A., Metz, M. and Neteler, M. (2013): Uncertainty in ecosystem mapping by remote sensing. Computers & Geosciences, 50, pp. 128-135. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2012.05.022

  • Suchenwirth, L., Förster, M., Lang, F. and Kleinschmit, B. (2013): Estimation and Mapping of Carbon Stocks in Riparian Forests by using a Machine Learning Approach with Multiple Geodata. PFG – Photogrammetrie – Fernerkundung – Geoinformation(4), pp. 249-265. doi: 10.1127/1432-8364/2013/0181

  • 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, 370(1-2), pp. 497-509. doi: 10.1007/s11104-013-1638-8

  • Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2013): 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, 52(5), pp. 1-11. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2013.2273080

  • Ali, I., Schuster, C., Zebisch, M., Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B. and Notarnicola, C. (2013): First Results of Monitoring Nature Conservation Sites in Alpine Region By Using Very High Resolution (VHR) X-Band SAR Data. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2013.2241735

  • Baur, A. H., Thess, M., Kleinschmit, B. and Creutzig, F. (2013): Urban Climate Change Mitigation in Europe – Looking At and Beyond the Role of Population Density. Journal of Urban Planning and Development. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000165. 2012

  • Suchenwirth, L., Förster, M., Cierjacks, A., Lang, F. and Kleinschmit, B. (2012): Knowledge-based Classification of Remote Sensing Data for the Estimation of Below and Above ground Organic Carbon Stocks in Riparian Forests. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 20, pp. 151-163. doi: 10.1007/s11273-012-9252-8

  • Schuster, C., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2012): Testing the red edge channel for improving land-use classifications based on high-resolution multi-spectral satellite data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(17), pp. 5583-5599. doi: 10.1080/01431161.2012.666812

  • Lauf, S., Haase, D., Lakes, T., Hostert, P. and Kleinschmit, B. (2012): Uncovering land use dynamics driven by human decision-making – a combined model approach using cellular automata and system dynamics. Environmental Modelling and Software, 27-28, pp. 71-82.

  • Kleinschmit, B., Förster, M., Frick, A. and Oehmichen, K. (2007): QuickBird Data – experiences with ordering, quality and pan sharpening. Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation – PFG(2), pp. 73-84.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Unit UCaHS: Urban Climate and Heat Stress in mid-latitude cities in view of climate change

  • DFG Research Training Group 780: Perspectives on the Urban Ecology of a European Metropolis – The example of Berlin

  • DFG Priority Programme "Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change"

  • DFG: MOKkA Modelling the distribution of organic carbon stocks in floodplain soils using very high resolution remote sensing data and additional geoinformation

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) joint project INNOVATE – Interplay among multiple uses of water reservoirs via innovative coupling of substance cycles in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

    Subproject: Modelling land use change

  • BMBF joint project SuMARiO Sustainable Management of River Oases along the Tarim River – China

  • German Aerospace Centre (DLR): SenFor – Determining the potential of the Sentinel-2 mission to derive biophysical parameters from radiation transfer models in forested areas

  • EU Seventh Framework Programme: Multiscale Service for Monitoring NATURA 2000 habitats of European community interest

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Head of the working group "Evaluation of Remote Sensing Data" of the German Society for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation (DGPF)

Additional qualifications

  • Assistant professor from 2003 to 2011

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Married, 2 children

  • Parental leave, 2005 and 2007


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