Researcher with experience in Geoinformatics and Spatial Data Science


Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute


Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Start Date

Monday, April 1, 2024

The position will be embedded in the research unit Forestry Worldwide which focus on sustainable forest management in a landscape context, the potential of forest management for sustainable development and its influence on livelihoods of rural populations in the tropics. An important prerequisite for this is the reconciling of land use with climate goals and the conservation of biodiversity.

The position will be part of the research project "GEOSpatial remote sensing-based detection of land use change in support of the EU regulation on deforestation-free supply chains (GEOS-EUDR)" funded by BMZ. The project supports the implementation of sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains and accompanies the implementation of the EU regulation on deforestation-free supply chains (EUDR) from a scientific perspective. It aims to improve the implementation of the regulation in the area of geolocalization and detection of deforestation and forest degradation using remote sensing and geocomputational approaches. It considers the feasibility of EUDR-compliant implementation along the entire stakeholder chain – from geodata collection by producers to desk-based monitoring by national authorities.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Development of a meta-database to synthesise current EUDR conform spatially-explicit reference information
  • Development of EUDR conform reference maps on a global-scale, with a particular focus on tree-based land use systems (agroforestry, forest, other wooded land, plantations)
  • Organisation of short field campaigns for ground truthing and key informant interviews in up to three regions of relevant EUDR commodities in the Global South to evaluate uncertainty of geospatial reference information and to assess local knowledge on geolocation and relevant land use categories
  • Conducting geostatistical assessments to determine uncertainty of spatial reference information and global reference maps
  • Preparing scientific publications, project reports and training materials
  • Presentation of methodology and results at national meetings and international conferences