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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Geomatics

Dr. Sebastian van der Linden

Dr. Sebastian Linden


Senior Scientist, Lecturer



Office location

Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'225


+49 (0)30 2093-6872


+49 (0)30 2093-6848

Postal address

Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany

Note: Starting 1 October 2019, I will be leading the EO and GI Science lab at the Department of Geography and Geology of University of Greifswald.

About me

My research aims at a better understanding of land surface processes that can be mapped and monitored with optical remote sensing data. Triggered by global (environmental) change the management, composition and state of land cover changes at different intensities through space and time. This includes, for example, shrub encroachment following land abandonment, the gradual expansion of urban areas or their densification in the context of rural-urban migration, or the distribution of vegetation types under climate change. A better understanding of these processes and their underlying drivers and relations requires accurate and repeatable quantitative measures. For more than ten years and through several projects, my team and I have worked on approaches for quantitative mapping of land cover from multi- and hyperspectral data. We use machine learning algorithms and sophisticated learning strategies to achieve more accurate and temporally robust mapping models. Recently, we have started a systematic exploration of spatial-temporal transfer of empirical models. Developments are included into the EnMAP-Box, a python plug-in for QGIS that is developed in our group.


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2010

Senior scientist and lecturer at the Geography Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • 2012-2017 Managing Director (part time) of the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems - IRI THESys
  • Project PI for EnMAP-Box, UrbanEARS or LUMOS projects, contributing to EnMAP Core Science Team
  • Teaching in BSc Geography and MSc Global Change Geography

2008 - 2010

Postdoctoral researcher at the Geography Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • Collaboration CEFLES/Sen2Flux projects
  • EnMAP-Box prototype development

2004 - 2007

Doctoral researcher at the Geography Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • DBU and DAAD doctoral scholarships
  • Visiting scholar at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, New York, 10-12/2006


Studies of Applied Environmental Sciences, University of Trier

  • Majors Remote Sensing and Climatology, Minors Geomathematics and quantitative Hydrology

Selected Publications

van der Linden S, Okujeni A, Canters F, Degerickx J, Heiden U, Hostert P, Priem F, Somers B, Thiel F (2018). Imaging Spectroscopy of Urban Environments. Surveys in Geophysics, pages pending. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10712-018-9486-y.

Okujeni A, Canters F, Cooper SD, Degerickx J, Heiden U, Hostert P, Priem F, Roberts DA,  Somers B, van der Linden S (2018). Generalizing machine learning regression models using multi-site spectral libraries for mapping vegetation-impervious-soil fractions across multiple cities. Remote Sensing of Environment, 216, 482-496.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.07.011

Schug F, Okujeni A, Hauer J, Hostert P, Nielsen JØ, van der Linden S (2018): Mapping patterns of urban development in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, using machine learning regression modeling with bi-seasonal Lnadsat time series. Remote Sensing of Environment, 210, 218-227. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.03.022

Jakimow B, Griffiths P, van der Linden S, Hostert P (2018). Mapping pasture management in the Brazilian Amazon from dense Landsat time series. Remote Sensing of Environment, 205, 453-468, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2017.10.009.

Small C, Okujeni A, van der Linden S, Waske B (2017). Remote Sensing of Urban Environments. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier, pages pending, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10380-X

van der Linden S, Rabe A, Held M, Jakimow B, Leitão P, Okujeni A, Schwieder M, Suess S, Hostert P (2015) The EnMAP-Box—A toolbox and application programming interface for enmap data processing. Remote Sensing, 7, 11249.

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