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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Geomatics

Write your Thesis in Remote Sensing!

Scene: Beskid Mountains, Landsat satellite images of three point in time (2003, 2010, 2015) ,

Scene: Beskid Mountains, from left to right: Landsat-5 2003, Landsat-5 2010 and Landsat-8 2015 satellite images. Fig.: Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey


You specialised or want to specialise in remote sensing and are now seeking inspiration for a topic to write your Bachelor's or Master's thesis?

Besides contacting one of your Geomatics course instructors or one of our staff (which is always a good idea), you can find our current research projects here (hyperlink auf https://www.geographie.hu-berlin.de/en/professorships/geomatics/projects).

Below you will find several good practice examples for seminar reports, papers and bachelor or master theses.


Theses and seminar papers carried out at the Geomatics Lab

Type Title Abstract Supervisor(s)
M.Sc. thesis Remote Sensing of Pasture Degradation Processes in Southern Pará: Woody Encroachment Trajectories from Landsat TM and ETM+ Data (1984 - 2012) This Master's Thesis proves that students can contribute to current research projects in a very direct way. Philippe analyses pasture vegetation structures using an annual Landsat time series in the Brazilian Amazon, linking pasture establishment and woody vegetation cover with political impact factors. Patrick Hostert, Dirk Pflugmacher
B.Sc. thesis Potential of a multi seasonal spectral mixture analysis using Landsat imagery for detecting urbanization patterns in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso This Bachelor's Thesis evaluates a method of a multi seasonal spectral mixture analysis on Landsat imagery for generating sub-pixel information. This method is particularly adequate in regions featuring dry and rain seasons. Franz applies it to detect gradual urbanization processes in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Sebastian van der Linden, Jonas Ø. Nielsen
seminar paper Forest Structure and Land Use Change in the Bieszczady Mountains This seminar paper classifies the development of forest populations in the border triangle of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine since 1860. Using field measurements, species compositions and forest structure were analysed in eight forest patches complemented by historic maps. Tobias Kümmerle, Jan Knorn, Patrick Culbert
seminar paper Räumliche Interpolation des
durchschnittlichen Jahresniederschlages im
This work discusses approaches for precipitation modelling in the Harz mountain range using inversed distance weighting interpolation. It gives a very structured insight in applied modelling in natural sciences including a detailed reflection of the work flow. It combines different data sets and adapts its method to regional particularities. Sebastian van der Linden, Reinhard Kleßen, Akpona Okujeni
seminar paper Mapping impervious urban surfaces using regression analysis on synthetic hyperspectral EnMAP data This seminar project works on an algorithm for mapping urban imperviousness based on multiple regression analysis using R. It uses simulated data of the future hyperspectral EnMAP satellite trying to model sub-pixel information by synthetically mixed training data of reference surfaces. Akpona Okujeni, Cornelius Senf
seminar paper Grassland intensity in the Polish and Slovakian Carpathians - A methodological classification approach This project study develops a classification method for highly heterogeneous grassland surfaces in the Polish and Slovakian Carpathians using field and remote sensing approaches. It makes use of sophisticated methods of remote sensing and spatial statistics without neglecting political questions of land reform and agrarian policy. Patrick Hostert, Jan Knorn
seminar paper Qualitative Veränderung der Baumbestände in der Jungfernheide (Brandenburg, Deutschland) über die Jahre 1777, 1857 und 2013 This seminar paper reconstructs historic land use patterns in the state of Brandenburg. It uses elaborate methods of geo referencing and analyses changes in tree populations since 1777. Christoph implements historic geodata into GIS and finds out that regional populations of beeches and pines decreased considerably within the last 250 years. Jan Knorn, Richard Jäger


You can also find thesis calls at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems - IRI THESys.

logo of the Integrative Research Center on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems at HU zu BerlinThe IRI THESys was founded in May 2013 by enactment of Humboldt-Universität's academic senate. The IRI THESys is designed as an inter-faculty research institute, as integral component of HU’s institutional strategy. The Institute contributes to sharpening the university’s research profile and promoting international cooperation. With a focus on ongoing transformations of human-environment systems, the institute is developing long-term collaborative research concepts and projects. The Geomatics Lab has a close cooperation with the IRI THESys.