Land Use

Prof. Nadja Klein
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Emmy Noether Research Group in Statistics and Data Science

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Professor Klein is an expert in statistics, and her research has been successfully used in many interdisciplinary applications, including the fields of medicine, ecology, life sciences, and economics. 

Her research interests cover those on Bayesian Computational Methods and Bayesian Deep Learning, which allow for uncertainty quantification and better interpretability in several model classes, but are also scalable to large data sets and highly-parameterized models.

Beyond that Prof. Klein also works in distributional regression models, which are particularly useful in analysing complete distributions of quantities of interest in the presence of complex associations with influential variables. These models also allow to model dynamics in space and time, thus relating her research to spatial statistics.

Furthermore, Prof. Klein works on general smoothing and shrinkage methods in the context of statistical and machine learning as well as on network analysis.

 

  • Newsenselab: Transferbonus for analyses of migraine data
  • Zalando: Master thesis on Bayesian models in e-commerce
  • Deutsche Kreditbank AG
  • Lufthansa Technik AG
  • since 2021:  Experiment (Volkswagenstiftung)
  • 2019–2020: Transferbonus with Newsenselab (Humboldt Innovation GmbH)
  • since 2019:  Emmy Noether Research Group
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Profilbild Nuissl
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Applied geography and spatial planning

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Prof. Nuissl is concerned with the development of cities and regions. He investigates the growth of cities and settlement areas, dynamics on the housing market (esp. displacement processes) as well as the development of city districts and neighborhoods. In addition, one focus of his work is the analysis of municipal planning and policy processes. As a member of the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys), Prof. Nuissl has excellent interdisciplinary connections in his field of research.

Scientific Services
  • Contract research (qualitative and quantitative social science methods)
  • Expert reports
  • City of Munich: Case Study on Displacement Processes in the Housing Market and Derivation of Urban Policy Implications (https://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/Stadtverwaltung/Referat-fuer-Stadtplanu…)

  • vhw Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung (Federal Association for Housing and Urban Development): Study on the change of local political cultures in a polarized society

  • FGW - Forschungsinstitut für die gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung (North Rhine-Westphalia): Study on the integration of migrants in the neighborhood (https://www.fgw-nrw.de/forschungsergebnisse/forschungsergebnisse/projek…)

  • CBRE: Data collection on student housing in Germany

  • IRI THESys - Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems at the Humboldt University of Berlin

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Profilbild Dr. Susanne Neubert
Faculty of Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Seminar for Rural Development

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In the course of her research at the Humboldt University, Dr. Neubert deals with land use, the different models, possibilities, challenges and questions that go along with it. She and her team can be described as Land Use Specialists.

Dr. Neubert leads research projects and teaches in the areas of: Rural and agricultural development, water resources management, climate change adaptation. Development and implementation of the participatory impact assessment method: MAPP.

  • Trainings and consultations on topics such as: "International Cooperation for Sustainable Development".
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Profilbild Ulrichs
Faculty of Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Department of Crop and Animal Sciences, Urban Ecophysiology of Plants

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Prof. Ulrichs is an expert in the field of ecophysiology of plants with a special focus on plants in urban spaces. His team studies processes, which determine plant growth, e.g. stress exposure in an urban environment. The emphasis of his research lies on the analysis of the secondary metabolite balance (incl. its nutritional function), substance allocation, competition and plant-insect interaction. Prof. Ulrichs other major field of expertise is the quality assurance in food supply chains of horticultural products, especially for perishable foodstuffs like fruits and vegetables in temperate zones as well as in tropical/subtropical regions.

Scientific Services
  • molecular methods
  • in-vitro propagation
  • HPLC
  • GC/MS
  • electroantennogram studies
  • trace gas analysis using photoacoustic spectroscopy
  • German specialty chemicals group: development of nanostructured plant protection agents
  • H. Lorberg Baumschulerzeugnisse GmbH & Co. KG (tree nursery): selection of climate-tolerant boulevard trees (Alleebaum)
  • Bein GmbH: development of electrostatic application processes of nanostructured elements
  • Bayer Crop Science: biosensors to prove the existence of plant viruses
  • XEROFLOR: development of vegetation carriers to prevent soil erosion in the Alps
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Profilbild Kümmerle
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Biogeography

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Prof. Kuemmerle’s team strives to better understand how land use change affects the environment and society. This includes assessments of spatial patterns and the underlying drivers of, for example, tropical deforestation, agricultural abandonment, or intensification of farming. Furthermore, the team studies how changes in land use affect the ecosystem services (e.g. food production or carbon storage) and biodiversity. As one focus the work group analyses trade-offs between use of resources and nature conservation, as well as how such trade-offs could be mitigated. The group also seeks to generate insights and records of high practical value for land use and nature conservation planning, and to assess the effectiveness of nature conservation measures. Prof. Kuemmerle’s regional focus is on Europe, the former Soviet Union and Latin America.

Scientific Services
  • the working group offers quantitative, spatially-explicit methods drawing from spatial ecology, geoinformatics, remote sensing, spatial statistics, econometrics, conservation planning, and wildlife biology
  • equipment to carry out broad-scale surveys to gather primary data
  • server and data storage infrastructure that allows for computationally demanding and/or big data projects
  • different projects with environmental organisations
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Profilbild Patrick Hostert
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Geomatics

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Prof. Hostert’s explores cutting-edge satellite data analysis. His main focus lies on questions regarding the global change, particularly large-scale mapping in agrarian- and forestry systems and near-nature ecological systems worldwide. He analyses the change of the earth’s surface through different methods, for example with machine learning, big data, time series analyses, hyperspectral and multisensor approaches, as well as multiscale analyses. Regional expertise of the team covers Germany, the mediterranean areas and South America, as well as Central Asia.

Scientific Services
  • satellite data analysis
  • AI in remote sensing
  • large-scale remote sensing analysis with big data approaches (particularly Sentinel-2, Landsat), funded through projects of the BMWi, BMBF, BMEL, as well as the EU
  • scientific monitoring of satellite missions (Landsat Science Team, EnMAP ScientificAdvisory Group)
  • satellite based mapping and land use analysis for NGOs, authorities and global tech- and logistics companies
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Profilbild Schmidt
Faculty of Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Department of Crop and Animal Sciences, Biosystems Engineering

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G.F. Schreinzer Positronik, Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG, Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG, Pronova Analysentechnik GmbH & Co. KG, newtec Umwelt­technik GmbH

Expertise

Biosystems engineering works at the interface between engineering and biological production processes. Prof. Schmidt and his team develop engineering solutions for a sustainable agricultural production of crops and other environmental friendly technologies. Prof. Schmidt’s research thus leads to innovative plant farming methods in greenhouses, outdoors and other intensive crop farming systems. Alternative energy supply systems (low energy greenhouses) and closed material cycles for intensive crop farming (water hygiene, sensor systems and algorithms for fully automated nutrient solution supply in closed cycles) are Prof. Schmidt’s research area. His main activity herein is the development of sensors for gas analyses, climate measurement technology and that of software supporting decision making in automation systems. Moreover, the team also provides energetic assessments in complete production systems and parts thereof as well as process analyses.

Scientific Services
  • Experimental greenhouses with energy and material flow analytics, CO2 enrichment, artificial lights and fog systems
  • Plant monitors for continuous measurement of photosynthesis, transpiration, tissue temperature, stomatal conductance, climate measurement, gas analyses (Co2, ethylene), soil moisture sensors
  • Freely programmable automation system for climate and process control in greenhouses
  • G.F. Schreinzer Positronik, Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG: Development of an automation system for greenhouses based on measurement details of plants (Phytocontrol)
  • Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG: National collaborative research project „The Low Energy Greenhouse“ („Zukunftsinitiative Niederigenergiegewächshaus“, ZINEG)
  • Pronova Analysentechnik GmbH & Co. KG: Development of ionselective sensors for continuous recording of ion proportion in circulating nutrient solution systems; Development of measuring device to analyse phytometric reactions in plants
  • newtec Umwelt­technik GmbH: Development of re-circulating irrigation system with reduced phytosanitary risk in greenhouses
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