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The Land System Science Cluster at the Geography Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2nd Open Science Meeting
March 2014, Berlin Adlershof

IRI THESys: Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Geomatics Lab

Colloquium WS 13/14



Lab address book


Postal address

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Geographisches Institut
Abteilung Geomatik

Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin



Rudower Chaussee 16
12489 Berlin



Room 2'227
Tel.:  +49 (030) 2093-6905
Fax:  +49 (030) 2093-6848

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Geomatik

EnMAP Core Science Team

Natural Ecosystems and Ecosystem Transitions

EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program) is a German hyperspectral satellite mission providing high quality hyperspectral image data on a timely and frequent basis. The main objective is to investigate a wide range of ecosystem parameters encompassing agriculture, forestry, soil and geological environments, coastal zones and inland waters. This will significantly increase our understanding of coupled biospheric and geospheric processes and thus, enable the management and ensure the sustainability of our vital resources. The envisaged launch of the EnMAP satellite is 2015.

The scientific focus of the Geomatics Lab of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in EnMAP's Core Science Team is on the analysis of natural ecosystems and their services. These ecosystems are inherently complex and dynamic and it is the aim of our research to describe its heterogeneity and gradual (spatial and temporal) changes by means of satellite hyperspectral data. Data synergies with other sensors and data types are also a focus of the project's research.

More particularly, during the first phase of the project, the shrub encroachment process and resulting ecosystem transitions of a study site in South Portugal has been investigated, as well as its effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services (vegetation biomass). The second phase of the project builds on the previous research and further extends to more natural and complex ecosystems, such as the Brazilian Cerrado savannas.

This project runs in parallel with the EnMAP-Box project, aimed at developing a platform-independent software interface designed to handle data from the EnMAP sensor.


Geomatics Lab members involved:

Patrick Hostert (Principal Investigator)

Pedro J. Leitão
Sebastian van der Linden
Stefan Suess
Cornelius Senf
Marcel Schwieder

German Aerospace Centre - Project Management Agency (Gefördert durch die Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Zuwendungsgeber: Raumfahrt-Agentur des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. mit Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages unter dem Förderkennzeichen 50EE0949).

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