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Dr. Saskia Förster

Section 1.4: Remote Sensing

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Telegrafenberg
Building A 17, room 20.12
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-28615
Fax: +49 331 288-1192
e-mail: saskia.foerster(at)gfz-potsdam.de

Publications

About the person

Research Interests:

  • Applied remote sensing
  • Field and imaging spectroscopy
  • Land degradation processes
  • Water and land resources management
  • Soil mapping
  • Flood risk management

Career:

03/2012 to 07/2012

Visiting Scientist, Department of Physical Geography, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Since 02/2010

Senior scientist at the Remote Sensing section at the German Research Center for Geosciences GFZ Potsdam

07/2009 to 01/2010

Postdoc at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Applied Remote Sensing and Pattern Dynamics at Potsdam University

09/2008 to 06/2009

Postdoc at the Geophysical Institute at Karlsruhe University

02/2003 to 08/2008

Research assistant and PhD student at the Institute of Geo-ecology at Potsdam University

 

Education:

12/2008

Dissertation (magna cum laude), PhD thesis: An analysis of hydraulic, environmental and economic impacts of flood polder management at the Elbe River

12/2002

Diploma (grade 1.1), Diploma thesis: Classification of urban land cover types using airborne hyperspectral scanner data

09/1998 to 07/1999

Study abroad at the University of Southampton/UK, Specialisation in GIS, remote sensing, ecology

1996 to 2002

Geoecology (diploma) at the University of Potsdam/Germany, Specialisation in GIS and remote sensing

  

Projects:

Seasonal Water Resources Management in Semi-arid Regions: Application-oriented Transfer of Regionalized Global Information (SaWaM) (BMBF, 2017-2020)

NG-HY Next Generation Hyperspectral Instrument (BMWi, 2016-2017)

NatRiskChange - Natural hazards and risks in a changing world (Research Training Group, DFG, 2015-2020, natriskchange.de)

EnMAP - Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (BMWi, 2010-2018, www.enmap.org)

Remote sensing as a monitoring strategy for water resources management in dryland areas (DAAD PROBRAL, 2014-2015)

HyMedEcos Erosion (EUFAR Transnational Access, 2011)

Generation, transport and retention of water and suspended sediments in large dryland catchments: Monitoring and integrated modelling of fluxes and connectivity phenomena, subproject Remote Sensing (DFG, 2010-2014, uni-potsdam.de/sesam)

FLOODsite - Integrated Flood Risk Analysis and Management Methodologies, subprojects Pilot study Elbe River and Identification and ex-post evaluation of existing flood risk management measures (EU 6th FP, 2004-2009, www.floodsite.net)

Möglichkeiten zur Minderung des Hochwasserrisikos durch Nutzung von Flutpoldern an Havel und Oder (BMBF, 2003-2004)

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Regular guest lecturer at Potsdam University (Applied Remote Sensing)
  • Advisor of PhD, MSc and BSc students
  • Reviewer for ISI journals (Remote Sensing, Hydrological Processes, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, and others)
  • Member in the Association for Geoecology in Germany (VGÖD)

Awards:

10/2013 to 10/2014
Selected participant within the Helmholtz Mentoring Programme for scientific leadership training