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Prof Christiane Schmullius
Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat (FSU), Geoinformatik und Fernerkundung, Institut fur Geographie Abteilung Fernerkundung Lobdergraben 32 07743 Jena, Germany Room: 318.1
Tel: +49-(0)3641-948877
Fax: +49-(0)3641-948882

Prof. Schmullius received her Ph.D in 1991 from the Institute of Space Sciences, Freie Universitat Berlin on “Radar Remote Sensing of Agricultural Areas with an Airborne L-, C- and X-band Scatterometer”. She then worked in DLR Institute of High Frequency Technology, first as a research assistant (1991-1994), then as Team Lead (1994-1996) and finally as Group Leader “Geomatics” (1996-2000). She was also Project Scientist for the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). Since January 2000, she is Professor for Remote Sensing at the Geoinformatics Department, Institute of Geography, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. She is Administrative Lead of the Geography Examination Panel and Vice Director of the Institute of Geography.

Her areas of interest in research and education are primarily:

(1) Applied Remote Sensing: soil moisture mapping, phenological monitoring of agricultural crops, forest monitoring, biomass estimation, land cover classification and land surface parameter mapping for greenhouse gas accounting.

(2) Remote Sensing Science: interferometric processing (coherence analysis for land surface mapping; digital elevation model generation and surface deformation/change monitoring; new techniques in image processing.

Prof. Schmullius is involved in a number of EC and ESA projects, either as a coordinator or as a partner. In particular, since January 2002, she is Coordinator of the EC SIBERIA-II project and runs the ESA Land cover Project Office.

Activities in education

At FSU University Jena, Professor Schmullius gives Lectures and runs Seminars on Remote Sensing (principles and applications), Earth Observation instruments and missions and on Digital Image Processing.

Since 2000, she has supervised more than 30 research students to graduation (Diploma and Ph.D). Christiane Schmullius was a lecturer for the Dragon advanced training course in land remote sensing 2005.

Distinctions / Memberships

Recent panel and evaluation activities include:

Earth Observation Expert to the European Space Science Council (ESSC) of the European Science Foundation (ESF); Co-Chair of the Land Cover Implementation Team for GOFC/GOLD (Global Observation of Forest Cover and Land Dynamics, a panel of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UN FAO) Global Terrestrial Observation System (GTOS)); Expert Evaluator for the Helmholtz-Society evaluation of GFZ`s “Changing Earth” programme (Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam); Expert Evaluator for the 6th Framework Programme calls on Global Change and Ecosystems, Integrated Projects Expert Evaluator for the Helmholtz-Society evaluation of DLR’s “Space” programme; Expert Evaluator for the 5th Framework Programme calls on Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES); IHDP-LUCC representative for the Expert Meeting on Harmonizing Forest-related Definitions for Use by Various Stakeholders at UN FAO; Scientific Advisory Panel "ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative" of the Japanese Space Agency’s (NASDA’s) Earth Observation Research Center; International “Forest Cover Characteristics and Changes” Implementation Team, Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS).

Prof. Schmullius is a member of the following societies:

a) Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Photogrammetrie und Fernerkundung (German Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing)
b)IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing
c)Fulbright Alumni
d)Thuringer Geographische Gesellschaft

She is a reviewer for the following scientific journals:

a) IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing
b) Remote Sensing of Environment
c) Journal of Hydrology
d) Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

Selected publications

Around 140 in total including reviewed journal papers and conference presentations / abstracts.

Journal papers

SCHMULLIUS, C., Furrer, R.: Frequency Dependence of Radar Backscattering under Different Moisture Conditions of Vegetation Covered Soil. - International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 13, No. 12, S. 2233 2245, London 1992.

SCHMULLIUS, C., Furrer, R.: Some Critical Remarks on the Use of C Band Radar Data for Soil Moisture Detection. - International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 13, No. 17, S. 3387-3390, London 1992.

SCHMULLIUS, C., Evans, D.: Synthetic Aperture Radar Frequency and Polarisation Requirements for Applications in Ecology, Geology, Hydrology, and Oceanography - A Tabular Status Quo after SIR-C/X-SAR. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 18, 13, S. 2713-2722, (1997).

SCHMULLIUS, C.: Monitoring Siberian Forests and Agriculture with the ERS-1 Windscatterometer. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 35, 5, S. 1363-1366, 1997.

SCHMULLIUS, C., W.-A. Flugel, K. Frotscher, V. Hochschild & B. Muschen (2000): The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) and Applications in Europe, Africa und Siberia.- Photogrammetrie Fernerkundung Geoinformation, Jahrgang 2000, Heft 5, S. 361-366.

SCHMULLIUS, C. (2000): Vegetation and Classification. SAR Principles and Applications, Volume II, 21.11.-1.12.2000, Carl-Cranz-Gesellschaft, Oberpfaffenhofen.

BALZTER, H. & C. Schmullius (2001): Mapping Siberian Forests. First Boreal Forest Map of Siberia from Spaceborne Radar.? GIM International, Vol. 15, January 2001, S. 40-43.

BALZTER, H., Talmon, E., Wagner, W., Gaveau, D., Plummer, S., Yu, J.J., Quegan, S., Gluck, M., Shvidenko, A., Tansey, K., Luckman, A. & Schmullius, C.: Accuracy assessment of a large-scale forest map of Central Siberia from Synthetic Aperture Radar. - International Journal of Geographical Information Science.

BALZTER, H. , E. Talmon, W. Wagner, D. Gaveau, S. Plummer, J. Yu, S. Quegan, M. Davidson, T. Le Toan, M. Gluck, A. Shvidenko, S. Nilsson, K. Tansey, A. Luckman, and C. Schmullius (2002): Accuracy assessment of a large-scale forest cover map of Central Siberia from Synthetic Aperture Radar.- Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 719-737.

ERIKSSON, L. E. B., M. Santoro, A. Wiesmann, and C. Schmullius (2003): Multi-Temporal JERS Repeat-Pass Coherence for Growing Stock Volume Estimation of Siberian Forest. - IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 41, 7, pp. 1561-1570, 2003.

NILSSON, S., Shvidenko, A., Schmullius, C., and McCallum, I. (2003): "Towards an advanced methodology of the terrestrial biota full greenhouse gas account: Integration of GIS, remotely sensed data and regional ecological models.," International Journal of Earth Observations and Geoinformatic

SCHMULLIUS, C., Hese, S., and Knorr, D. (2003): "SIBERIA-II: A Multi-sensor approach for Greenhouse Gas Accounting in Northern Eurasia," in PGM - Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen, pp. 4-5.

WAGNER, W., Luckman, A., Vietmeier, J., Tansey, K., Baltzer, H., Schmullius, C., Davidson, M., Gaveau, D., Gluck, M., LeToan, T., Quegan, S., Shvidenko, A., Wiesman, A., and Yu, J. J. (2003): "Large-scale mapping of boreal forest in SIBERIA using ERS tandem coherence and JERS backscatter data," Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 85, pp. 125-144.

SCHMULLIUS, C., Hese, S., Skinner, L., and Luckman, A. (2004): "Investigations on Land Cover - An Ilustrative Example from the SIBERIA-II Project.” In PGM (Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen) Vol.148, 2004/1, pp. 4-5.

SCHMULLIUS, C., S.Hese, W. Lucht, 2004. Carbon-3D - an International Earth Observation Mission for Global Biomass Mapping for an Improved Understanding of the CO2 Balance, PFG (Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation), pp. , 5/2004.

SANTORO, M., Eriksson, L., Askne, J., and Schmullius, C., "Assessment of stand-wise stem volume retrieval in boreal forest from JERS-1 L-band SAR backscatter," International Journal of Remote Sensing, accepted.