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Dr. Johannes Schmidt

  • Group: Vegetation
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
    Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie
    Kaiserstr. 12
    76131 Karlsruhe

Johannes Schmidt

Remote sensing of vegetation


  • Heath vegetation
  • Hyperspectral remote sensing
  • Geographic information systems
  • Thornbush savannah of the Kalahari

Curriculum vitae

Since 2013

Dissertation at the IfGG supported by a scholarship of the DBU (German Environmental Foundation). Titel: "Imaging techniques in the monitoring of ecological processes being relevant for nature conservation in large conservation areas of the German National Heritage" (Supervisor: Sebastian Schmidtlein)
2013 Cochet Consult Planning Company, Bonn
2012 Geological Survey of North Rhine-Westphalia, Krefeld
2009-2012 Member of the working group vegetation geography, University of Bonn
2005-2012 Studies in Geography at the University of Bonn, topic of the master thesis: Patterns and processes of bush encroachment in an arid thornbush savannah (South Africa).


Verfahrenskurs Kartographie (WS 2015/16), Proseminar Geoökologie (SS 2015)


Schmidt J., S. Schmidtlein & A. Lausch. Taking the CSR-fingerprint of a large conservation area. AK Biogeographie 2014, Karlsruhe. Poster.

Schmidt J., S. Schmidtlein & A. Lausch. Landscape characterization by functional signatures. GfÖ annual conference 2015, Göttingen. Poster.

Schmidt J., F. E. Faßnacht, A. Lausch & S. Schmidtlein. Remote Sensing Based Monitoring Of Heathland Habitats Inspired By Field Mapping. EARSeL Symposium 2016, Bonn.

Schmidt J., F. E. Faßnacht, A. Lausch & S. Schmidtlein. The CSR-fingerprint: A functional signature of vegetation. EcoSummit 2016, Montpellier.

Schmidt J., F. E. Faßnacht, A. Lausch & S. Schmidtlein. A field based remote sensing approach for monitoring Calluna habitats. EcoSummit 2016, Montpellier. Poster.


Contributions in peer-reviewed journals
2017Schmidt, J., Fassnacht, F. E., Förster, M., Schmidtlein, S. (2017): Synergetic use of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 for assessments of heathland conservation status. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 4, pp. 225–239. Unter den Bedingungen von Open Access verfügbar 10.1002/rse2.68 PDF

Schmidt, J., Fassnacht, F. E., Lausch, A., Schmidtlein, S. (2017): Assessing the functional signature of heathland landscapes via hyperspectral remote sensing. Ecological Indicators 73, pp. 505–512. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.10.017

Schmidt, J., Fassnacht, F. E., Neff, C., Lausch, A., Kleinschmit, B., Förster, M., Schmidtlein, S. (2017): Adapting a Natura 2000 field guideline for a remote sensing-based assessment of heathland conservation status. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 60, pp. 61–71. 10.1016/j.jag.2017.04.005 PDF

2013Schmidtlein, S., Faude, U., Rössler, O., Feilhauer, H., Ewald, J., Meyn, A., Schmidt, J. (2013): Differences between recent and historical records of upper species limits in the northern European Alps. Erdkunde 67(04), pp. 345–354. Unter den Bedingungen von Open Access verfügbar 10.3112/erdkunde.2013.04.04 PDF