I obtained her BSc in geodesy at the Technical University of Braunschweig and continued my MSc at Leibniz University Hannover, in Germany. I earned my PhD in remote sensing from an international program at the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), the Netherlands, together with Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany in 1996. Between 1996 and 1998, I worked as deputy head of the research division at the European Union Satellite Center (EUSC) in Madrid, Spain, followed by a period as an associate professor back at ITC, the Netherlands. From 2002 to 2012, I was CEO for a private company in Europe, where I was responsible for educational program and provided coaching and leadership training for managers. Currently, I am professor at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany, representing the chair of remote sensing and digital image processing there.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My current research interests cover mainly standardization procedures for remote sensing image and data fusion. I use remote sensing for applications in the tropics, monitoring oil palm plantations, mapping, change detection, humanitarian crisis support, and coastal zone management.
I serve on technical committees of several international conferences in the field of remote sensing. As multiple book author I am also editor for the International Journal of Remote Sensing and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Image and Data Fusion and the Journal of Geo-Spatial Information Science.