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WKGP Braun

Forschung AG BraunRemote Sensing and GIS

Our research puts an emphasis on remote sensing and GIS analysis. We use time series of optical earth observation systems at different spatial and spectral resolutions as well as synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data. Applications target the fields of glaciology and climate change and include changes in ice dynamics, glacier mass balances, contribution to sea level or variations in surface properties. Land use and land cover change analyses are an important part of our activities as are applications towards nature conservation, biodiversity research or studies on ecosystem functions. For our research we maintain intensive collaborations in Germany, throughout Europe, the USA and Canada as well as in South America.

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
  • VELMAP – Velocities, elevation and mass changes of Antarctic Peninsula Glaciers, 2012-2015, DFG SPP 1158 Antarktisforschung BR2105/9-1
  • DyStAP – Dynamic state of Wilkins and George VI ice shelves on the south-western Antarctic Peninsula, 2010-2014, DFG SPP 1158 Antarktisforschung
  • IMCONet – Interdisciplinary Modelling of Climate Change in Coastal Western Antarctica – Network of Staff Exchange and Training, 2013-2016, EU FP7 IRSES 318718
  • DIARS – Detection of invasive plant species and assessment of their impact 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, 2013-14, DFG-Normalverfahren FE 1331/2-1
  • BayIntAn – Reconstruction of climate at Glaciar Perito Moreno (Patagonia) based on dendro-ecological studies, meteorological measurements and remote sensing, 2014
  • COSIMA-FecMo – an integrated firn elevation change model for glaciers and ice caps, 2015-2017, DBU 20014/238
  • GEKKO – Assessment of essential climate variables – Observation of glacier changes in the tropical Andes, 2016-2018, DLR BMWI
  • IMPECCABLE – IMProved gEodetiC glaCier mAss BaLancE measurements by integrating remote sensing, surface mass balance and firn compaction modelling – a case study from James Ross Island, Antarctica, 2016-2019, DFG

In a consecutive schedule, we run a comprehensive set of classes covering introductory lectures and practical classes in GIS, remote sensing as well as basic image processing techniques. Various advanced modules are offered every term in English language to enable a consolidation of students GIS and remote sensing skills up to a profound specialization in geoinformatics at the end of your studies. Please see the “Vorlesungsverzeichnis” for current offers or contact our teaching staff for advice on your career plan or topics for bachelor/master theses. For bachelor theses we suggest that you have at least attended our practical introductory class to remote sensing (DBV-1); for a master thesis attendance of further geoinformatics classes is strongly recommended. Please visit also our GIS-Wiki Homepage to get an idea of our eLearning support to the various classes..

Modulplan AG Braun 2014

Internships and student exchange
We maintain very close contacts to various national and international research institutions and private companies. We are happy to support you in your search for an internship or study abroad. Similar to the theses work, you should ideally have a basic GIS and remote sensing knowledge in order to generate a win-win situation between your knowledge gain and the host’s work benefit for supervising you.


Former members of the working group