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AG Braun

Research AG BraunRemote Sensing and GIS

Our research focuses on aerial and satellite image analysis as well as geographic information systems. We use time series of optical earth observation systems in various spatial and spectral resolutions as well as data from synthetic aperture radar systems (SAR). The fields of application are in the field of glaciology and the effects of climate change, including changes in ice dynamics, the glacier mass balance, contributions to sea level and variations in the surface properties of snow and ice. Analyzes of land use and land cover change are also important components of our work, such as applications in the field of nature conservation management, biodiversity research or studies on ecosystem functions.

Current projects:

  • TanDEM-ICE – Glacier Monitoring in High Asia using TanDEM-X InSAR and other Earth Observation Sensors (2015-2017, DLR)
  • HGF-EDA – Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics (2012-2017, Helmholtz Alliance)
  • DIARS – Detection of invasive plant species and their impact assessment on ecosystem properties through remote sensing (2014-2016, EU FP7 Biodiversa, FE 1331 / 3-1)
  • CaTReS – Canopy traits in remote sensing of floristic and functional vegetation patterns (2013-16, DFG, FE 1331 / 2-1)
  • TanDEM-Ice – Glacier monitoring in high Asia by means of TanDEM-X InSAR and other earth observation sensors (2015-2017, DLR / BMWi, FKZ 50EE1414)
  • COSIMA-FecMo – An integrated firn elevation change model for glaciers and ice caps (2015-2017, DBU, 20014/238)
  • KLIGAND: Climate reconstruction, ice dynamics and geodetic glacier mass balances in the southern Andes (2015-2018, BMBF-WTZ, FKZ 01DN15020)
    Subproject in dt-chil. Verbund GABY-VASA: Responses of Glaciers, Biosphere and Hydrology to Climate Change and Climate change across the Southern Andes
  • Modeling of today’s glacier dynamics on Svalbard – from the determination of the surface velocity to the calculation of a flow-resistant underground map (DFG, FU 1032 / 1-1)
  • Development of an Online Course Geoinformation and Remote Sensing for Magisterial Students (VHB)
  • GEKKO – Derivation of essential climate variables for international initiatives in the field of cryosphere and water resources (2016-2018, DLR BMWI)
  • IMPECCABLE – Improved Geodetic Glacier Mass Balance Measurements (2016-2019, DFG)
  • GROCERecording of the contact line and supra-glacial meltwater at the 79 ° Glacier in Greenland (2017-2020, BMBF)

Completed Projects:

  • DyStAP – Dynamic state of Wilkins and George VI ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula south-western (2010-2014, DFG SPP 1158 Antarctic research, BR2105 / 8-1)
  • BayIntAn – Reconstruction of climate at Glaciar Perito Moreno (Patagonia) based on dendro-ecological studies, meteorological measurements and remote sensing (2014)
  • VELMAP – Velocities, elevation and mass changes of Antarctic Peninsula Glaciers (2012-2015, DFG SPP 1158 Antarctic Research BR 2105 / 9-1)
  • IMCONet – Interdisciplinary Modeling of Climate Change in Coastal Western Antarctica – Network of Staff Exchange and Training (2013-2016, EU FP7 IRSES 318718)

In a consecutive course program, we offer a comprehensive range of lectures and in particular computer-aided seminars on the practical handling of GIS and remote sensing. These events include both basic and advanced courses in GIS, remote sensing and digital image processing. Advanced modules are available in English if required and enable students to deepen their knowledge through to a specialization in the field of computer science. We are at your disposal for questions regarding course planning as well as final papers (Bachelor / Master). Bachelor’s theses require a visit to the basic knowledge courses; In particular, we recommend that you attend one or more of the specialization courses for master’s theses. Our teaching is specifically supported by eLearning materials. Please visit ourGIS-Wiki Homepage .

Module plan AG Braun 2014

Internships and stays abroad
We maintain a close network with various national and international research institutions and private companies. We are happy to assist you in finding a suitable internship or advise you on studying abroad. As with the final thesis, it is important that you already have a good base of GIS and remote sensing knowledge to ensure a mutually beneficial stay for both parties.

Members of our working group

Former members of the working group