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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources, Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation. My research and teaching activities concentrate on the monitoring of land cover information and the estimation of biophysical parameters with active remote sensing on multiple scales. This includes the development of land cover classifications and the research on forest height as well as aboveground biomass retrieval algorithms based on interferometric SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) data from space and experimental airborne SAR data. I am also interested in the upscaling of quantitative information such as forest height and biomass from the field to airborne and spaceborne laser scanning and SAR data. The different retrieval algorithms are based on empirically as well as physically-based modelling and methods of data science. I am also interested in the monitoring of agricultural crops with dense time-series of active remote sensing data.

Before joining the University of Twente in 2020, I obtained a BSc, a MSc and a PhD from the University of Jena, Germany. My PhD was on the use of interferometric SAR data for land cover monitoring and aboveground biomass retrieval, and was completed in 2015. Between 2016 and 2018, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Mission Science Division of the European Space Agency. In addition, I was a Scientist at the University of Göttingen between 2018 and 2020.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena


Award Date: 16 Dec 2015

Master, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena


Bachelor, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena


External positions

Scientist, University of Gottingen


Post-Doctoral Fellow, European Space Agency - ESA



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