Dr. Saskia Förster

Saskia Förster
Dr. Saskia Förster
Gebäude A 17, Raum 20.12
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28615
+49 331 288-1192

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

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


04/2018 to 06/2018

Visiting scientist, Land Resources Unit, Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy

03/2012 to 06/2012

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

Werdegang / Ausbildung:


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


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


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

NG-HY Next Generation Hyperspectral Instrument (BMWi, 2016-2018)

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)

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

  • 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, Land degradation & development, and others)
  • Member in the Association for Geoecology in Germany (VGÖD)


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