Urbanisation & Mega Cities

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
Testimonials
  • 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 Schröder
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Geography of Soils and Quarternary Morphology

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Prof. Schröder’s and his team’s research is focused on the non-destructive method of x-ray powder diffractometry to identify and characterise minerals. Subsequently, the powder samples can be analysed by other methods. The method of x-ray powder diffractometry and its content is closely related to the field of mineralogy and crystallography. Therefore, the method is used in materials research and building materials science. The team is working towards an implementation of the method in continuing and adult education, teaching and learning approaches. Materials suitable for x-ray powder diffractometry: Building materials, concrete, mortar, cement, fine and heavy ceramics, rocks, ores, sediments, ash, dust, filter and combustion residues. Potential fields of applications are: Clay mineralogical investigations (soil science - agriculture), archaeometric investigations (ancient colours and paints, bronze patina and archaeological ceramics), identification of unknown crystalline substances (fingerprinting), identification of crystalline phases, qualitative and semi-quantitative analyses of mixtures, isomorphisms, polymorphisms, determination of amorphous and crystalline states as well as state of crystallisation and particle sizes. The analysis is conducted with powder on a matrix < 32 µm and with texture specimen on a matrix < 2 µm.

Scientific Services
  • diffractometer “XRD 3003 Theta/Theta” (by Seifert) with the copper anode, qualitative mineral analysis and semi-quantitative phase analysis using the Rietveld-method
  • full qualitative mineral analysis and semi-quantitative phase identification using the Rietveld method
  • spectrometer “iCAP 6000” (by Thermo Scientific)
  • multi-element analysis
  • element determination using the ICP-OES acc. to DIN 38406-22
  • determination of the ignition loss
  • measuring of the pH value, the carbonate level, determination of iron soluble in oxalate solution and water content acc. to DIN 19683-4 in the soil
  • determination of the exchange capacity of the soil and replaceable cations acc. to DIN 19684-8
  • determination the composition of grain sizes by sieving acc. to DIN 19683-1, preparation with pyrophosphate of soda acc. to DIN 19683-1 and by laser diffraction
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Profilbild Helbrecht
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Cultural and Social Geography

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ARGE Ansiedlungsmanagement Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (c/o Friedrichshain-Kreuzberger Unternehmerverein e.V.), Wüstenrot Foundation, Senator of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, Bremen, Bayerische Motorenwerke AG (BMW)

Expertise

Prof. Helbrecht focusses her research on the cultural, social and spatial development of cities. She investigates urban branding, city image and identity as well as the marketing thereof. Neighbourhood and urban development policies, urban governance, housing markets and demographic change are also topics of her research. Furthermore, Prof. Helbrecht conducts analyses of social space and studies concerning the public sphere and space. As the director of the Georg-Simmel-Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Georg-Simmel-Zentrums für Metropolenforschung / GSZ), platform for interdisciplinary urban research, and as a member of the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) Prof. Helbrecht is well connected in her field of expertise and prepared for interdisciplinary research projects.

Testimonials
  • ARGE Ansiedlungsmanagement Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (c/o Friedrichshain-Kreuzberger Unternehmerverein e.V.): scientific accompanying research on conflicts concerning commercial asset management of the night-economy in Kreuzberg
  • Wüstenrot Foundation: „Wohneigentum in Europa“ - Analysis of residential property in Europe and of the factors influencing home ownership quotas in cooperation with the ifo Institute (Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich)
  • Senator of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, Bremen: „Engpassfaktor Humankapital: Strategien der Bremer Wirtschaftsförderung zur Attraktion von Hochqualifizierten als Standortvoraussetzung der High-Tech-Industrie“ - Analysis of factors influencing (re-)location decisions of highly qualified professionals in a specific region for high-tech industry
  • Bayerische Motorenwerke AG (BMW): „Der Kunstpark Ost: Wirtschaftliche und kulturelle Bedeutung für München“
  • Georg-Simmel-Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung / GSZ): interdisciplinary platform for collaborative research for metropolitan studies. Its goal is to contribute fundamentally to future urban development, regionally and internationally. Main topics of this interdisciplinary approach are: urban change, the cultural base of and social momentum in cities, sustainable urban development, and internationalisation of urban studies
  • IRI THESys - Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems: the institute’s purpose is the interdisciplinary transformation research focusing on land use and use of resources, processes of urbanization in the 21st century, effects of climate change, as well as intra- and inter-generational environmental justice
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Profilbild Schneider
© Falk Weiß
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Geography

Climatology

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The team of Christoph Schneider works on the impacts of climate and climate change in the field of urban climates and in the field of cryospheric sciences (anything related to snow and ice). His expertise comprises the downscaling of meteorological respectively climatological data for applications in high spatial resolution, for example for urban planning and construction schemes and also for the analysis of potential impacts of climate change on the level of city quarters and cities. Furthermore, such numerical and empirical-statistical procedures are applied to the projection of future water resources in glaciated catchments in high alpine environments worldwide. This also leads to applications regarding the future state of snow covers in mountain ranges which is especially important for questions of future prospects of snow sport tourism. In both fields of applications, the urban climatology and the cryospheric research, measurement strategies and data acquisition of relevant atmospheric variables for the projects are used besides theoretical modelling approaches and downscaling as outlined above.

Scientific Services
  • automatic weather stations
  • turbulence stations
  • devices for particulate matter and ultrafine particles
  • mobile sensoring techniques for meteorological parameters
  • measurement van as platform of mentioned instrumentation
Testimonials
  • Study of the potential and feasibility for large solar power plants on the Iberian Peninsula and in Northern Africa for a large German solar power panel  manufacturer (2005)
  • Study of the projections of impacts of climate change on snow sport in German low moutain ranges for the German Association of Skiing Clubs and the German Federal Secretary of Research and Education (2008)
  • Urban climate analysis for construction schemes for the City of Aachen (2006-2012)
  • Climate change adaptation plans for cities in North Rhine-Westphalia (2014, 2015)
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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
Testimonials
  • 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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Profilbild Reulke
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Computer Vision

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Expertise As professor of the chair of Computer Vision professor Reulke’s research is focused on classical methods of image processing and 3D reconstruction as well as modern approaches to machine learning. Typical areas of application are object detection and tracking of people and vehicles in public areas, the three-dimensional detection of environment, and the characterisation of sensors for these tasks. The applications relate to terrestrial camera systems, as well as optical sensors on airborne and space platforms. Simultaneously, we cooperate with a large number of SMEs in the Berlin area.
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