Geoinformation in Environmental Planning

Prof. Dr. Birgit Kleinschmit

Head of Department

Employment and academic vita

2011Announced as University Professor and Head of the Department of Geoinformation in Environmental Planning at the Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning of the Berlin University of Technology
2003 - 2011Assistant Professor (“Juniorprofessorin”) at the Department of Geoinformation Processing for Landscape and Environmental Planning of the Berlin University of Technology
2001 - 2003Consultant and software developer, INTEND Geoinformatik GmbH, Kassel, Germany
2001Doctorate (doctor forest), Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Grade: magna cum laude
1998 - 2001Scientific staff member ("Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin"), Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Department of Forest Assessment & Remote Sensing, Forest Growth, Forest Planning
1993 - 1998Diploma study of forest science at the University of Göttingen
1973born in in Münster, Westphalia, Germany

Research Topics

Modeling and mapping spatio-temporal changes of landscape patterns and biophysical fluxes with remote sensing methods.
Analyzing drivers, pressures, state, impact, and response of Human-Environment Systems caused by climate and land use change.
Gaining regional process understanding of natural and semi-natural environments with forests, grasslands, and urban green areas around the globe with time series analysis from different sensors, AI applications and physically-based modeling.
Gaining together with researches from other disciplines and local stakeholders a better understanding of the Human-Environment Systems to identify future pathways to stay within the planetary boundaries.

Important Functions, Awards, Honors

Since 2019Member of Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Since 2019Research Transfer advisory board Member, TU Berlin
Since 2018Deputy Director, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, TU Berlin
2016 - 2020Member of the Commission for the Allocation of Doctoral Grants of Elsa Neumann Scholarships
Since 2016Admissions and Steering Committee member of the Berlin International Graduate School in Model and Simulation based Research (BIMoS), TU Berlin
Since 2015Co-speaker of the DFG research training group Urban water interfaces
2012 - 2018Leader of the Special Interest Group „Analysis of remote sensing data” of the German Association for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation
Since 2010Steering Committee member of Geo.X – Research Network for Geosciences in Berlin and Potsdam

Contact Information

PhonePlease call Secretariat
RoomEB 235A
Office Hoursby arrangement

Publicatioin List


Holtgrave, Ann-Kathrin; Lobert, Felix; Erasmi, Stefan; Röder, Norbert; Kleinschmit, B
Grassland mowing event detection using combined optical, SAR, and weather time series
Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 295, 1 September 2023, 113680
September 2023
Publisher: Elsevier
Ahlswede, Steve; Schulz, Christian; Gava, Christiano; Helber, Patrick; Bischke, Benjamin; Michael, Förster; Arias, Florencia; Hees, Jörn; Demir, Begüm; Kleinschmit, B
TreeSatAI Benchmark Archive: A multi-sensor, multi-label dataset for tree species classification in remote sensing
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
February 2023
Schraml, U.; Möhring, B.; Bauhus, J.; Lang ; Seeling, U.; Farwig, N.; Hafner, A.; Kätzel, R.; Kleinschmit, B; Lindner, M.; M., Niekisch
Mehr als „Gute fachliche Praxis“ – Vorschlag für eine anpassungsfähige Governance zum Erhalt resilienter Wälder und ihrer Ökosystemleistungen in Zeiten des globalen Wandels. Stellungnahme des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats für Waldpolitik.
Berichte über Landwirtschaft-Zeitschrift für Agrarpolitik und Landwirtschaft, 235
Publisher: BMEL
ISSN: 2196-5099


Blickensdörfer, L; Oehmichen, K; Pflugmacher, D; Kleinschmit, B; Hostert, P.
Dominant Tree Species for Germany (2017/2018). Eberswalde.
December 2022
Plückers, Ch.; Erasmi, S.; Förster, M.; Guerniche, D.; Herkt, M.; Hinterlang, D.; Holtgrave, A.; Kleinschmit, B; Koller, Ch.; Künzel, A.; Langner, K.; Lins, M.; Rattay, M.; Schroiff, A.; Tintrup, G.
Copernicus leuchtet Grün – Integration und Praxistransfer von Copernicus-Aktivitäten für ein umfassendes behördliches Monitoring von Grünland
In M. Pietsch, J. Schlaugat, L. Huth , D.Y., Kim, T. Wulf, Editor
Page 27-36
Publisher: Shaker Verlag
September 2022
978-3-8440-9178-6 (print), 978-3-8440-9179-3 (PDF)
Schulz, Christian; Ahlswede, Steve; Gava, Christiano; Helber, Patrick; Bischke, Benjamin; Arias, Florencia; Michael, Förster; Hees, Jörn; Demir, Begüm; Kleinschmit, Birgit
TreeSatAI Benchmark Archive for Deep Learning in Forest Applications [Data set]
from Zenodo digital data repository (1.0.0)
August 2022
Döpper, Veronika; Rocha, Alby Duarte; Berger, Katja; Gränzig, Tobias; Verrelst, Jochem; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Förster, Michael
Estimating soil moisture content under grassland with hyperspectral data using radiative transfer modelling and machine learning
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 110 :102817
ISSN: 1569-8432
Döpper, Veronika; Jagdhuber, Thomas; Holtgrave, Ann-Kathrin; Heistermann, Maik; Francke, Till; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Förster, Michael
Following the cosmic-ray-neutron-sensing-based soil moisture under grassland and forest: Exploring the potential of optical and SAR remote sensing
Science of Remote Sensing, 5 :100056
ISSN: 2666-0172
Rocha, Alby Duarte; Vulova, Stenka; Meier, Fred; Förster, Michael; Kleinschmit, Birgit
Mapping evapotranspirative and radiative cooling services in an urban environment
Sustainable Cities and Society, 85 :104051
ISSN: 2210-6707
Vulova, Stenka; Duarte Rocha, Alby; Meier, F.; Nouri, H.; Schulz, Christian; Kleinschmit, B
Modeling Urban Evapotranspiration with Sentinel-2, Open Geodata, and Machine Learning in Summertime
Volume Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Page 7697-7700
IEEE International Symposium on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (IGARSS)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17-22 July 2022
GRSS (Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society)
Publisher: IEEE (Advancing Technology for Humanity)
IGARSS 2022 Edition
Rocha, Alby Duarte; Vulova, Stenka; Tol, Christiaan van der; Förster, Michael; Kleinschmit, Birgit
Modelling hourly evapotranspiration in urban environments with SCOPE using open remote sensing and meteorological data
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26 (4) :1111-1129
ISSN: 1027-5606
Vallentin, Claudia; Harfenmeister, Katharina; Itzerott, Sibylle; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Conrad, Christopher; Spengler, Daniel
Suitability of satellite remote sensing data for yield estimation in northeast Germany
Precision Agriculture, 23 (1) :52-82
ISSN: 1385-2256
Aljoumani, Basem; Sanchez-Espigares, Jose A.; Kluge, Bjorn; Wessolek, Gerd; Kleinschmit, Birgit
Analyzing Temporal Trends of Urban Evaporation Using Generalized Additive Models
Land, 11 (4)
Ahlswede, Steve; Madam, Nimisha Thekke; Schulz, Christian; Kleinschmit, B; Demir, Begüm
Weakly Supervised Semantic Segmentation of Remote Sensing Images for Tree Species Classification Based on Explanation Methods
Volume Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Page 4847-4850
IEEE International Symposium on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (IGARSS)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17-22 July 2022
GRSS (Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society)
Publisher: IEEE (Advancing Technology for Humanity)
IGARSS 2022 Edition
Schulz, Christian; Förster, Michael; Vulova, Stenka; Gränzig, Tobias; Kleinschmit, Birgit
Exploring the Temporal Fingerprints of Mid-European Forest Types from Sentinel-1 RVI and Sentinel-2 NDVI Time Series
IGARSS 2022 - 2022 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Page 5563-5566


Vulova, Stenka; Meier, Fred; Rocha, Alby Duarte; Quanz, Justus; Nouri, Hamideh; Kleinschmit, Birgit
Modeling urban evapotranspiration using remote sensing, flux footprints, and artificial intelligence
Science Of The Total Environment, 786 :1-13
ISSN: 0048-9697
Hoelzl, Sonja Edith; Veskov, Mihailo; Scheibner, Toni; Le, Ti Thuong; Kleinschmit, Birgit
Vulnerable socioeconomic groups are disproportionately exposed to multiple environmental burden in Berlin - implications- for planning
International Journal Of Urban Sustainable Development, 13 (2) :334-350
ISSN: 1946-3138
Kuhlemann, Lena-Marie; Tetzlaff, Doerthe; Smith, Aaron; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Soulsby, Chris
Using soil water isotopes to infer the influence of contrasting urban green space on ecohydrological partitioning
Hydrology And Earth System Sciences, 25 (2) :927-943
ISSN: 1027-5606
Döpper, Veronika; Rocha, Alby Duarte; Gränzig, Tobias; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Förster, Michael
Using radiative transfer models for mapping soil moisture content under grassland with UAS-borne hyperspectral data
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XXIII, 11856 :208-214
Rocchini, Duccio; Salvatori, Nicole; Beierkuhnlein, Carl; Chiarucci, Alessandro; Boissieu, Florian de; Förster, Michael; Garzon-Lopez, Carol X.; Gillespie, Thomas W.; Hauffe, Heidi C.; He, Kate S.; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Lenoir, Jonathan; Malavasi, Marco; Moudrý, Vítĕzslav; Nagendra, Harini; Payne, Davnah; Šímová, Petra; Torresani, Michele; Wegmann, Martin; Féret, Jean-Baptiste
From local spectral species to global spectral communities: A benchmark for ecosystem diversity estimate by remote sensing
Ecological Informatics, 61 :101195-101195
ISSN: 1574-9541
Gränzig, Tobias; Fassnacht, Fabian Ewald; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Förster, Michael
Mapping the fractional coverage of the invasive shrub Ulex europaeus with multi-temporal Sentinel-2 imagery utilizing UAV orthoimages and a new spatial optimization approach
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 96 :102281-0
Schulz, Christian; Holtgrave, Ann-Kathrin; Kleinschmit, Birgit
Large-scale winter catch crop monitoring with Sentinel-2 time series and machine learning-An alternative to on-site controls?
Computers And Electronics In Agriculture, 186
ISSN: 0168-1699
Kleinschmit, B.; Singelton, A.; Gärtner, P.
Identifying drivers and barriers of floodplain vegetation growth in the lower reaches of the Tarim River, China.
In Cyffka, B. and Disse, M. and Betz, F., Editor
Page 87-101
Publisher: Schwerzerbart
Bauhus, Jürgen; Seeling, Ute; Dieter, Matthias; Farwig, Nina; Hafner, Annette; Kätzel, Ralf; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Lang, Friederike; Lindner, Marcus; Möhring, Bernhard
Die Anpassung von Wäldern und Waldwirtschaft an den Klimawandel
Berichte über Landwirtschaft-Zeitschrift für Agrarpolitik und Landwirtschaft
ISSN: 2196-5099


Vallentin, Claudia; Dobers, Eike Stefan; Itzerott, Sibylle; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Spengler, Daniel
Delineation of management zones with spatial data fusion and belief theory
Precision Agriculture, 21 (4) :802-830
ISSN: 1385-2256