EEBIOMASS Summer School

We invite you to join us from May 30 – June 01, 2022 in Jena, Germany for our in-person EEBIOMASS Summer School!

This summer school aims to engage and train you on different dimensions of biomass and Earth observation related topics! Target group of the Summer School are (Early Career) scientists from the fields of Remote Sensing, Forest Management and Earth System Sciences.

As the school will take place during the 25-year anniversary of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, we will stream the talks of the BGC symposium on June 02 and 03 for our participants into the lecture hall of the Beutenberg Campus. The current program is only available in German, but contains  very interesting sessions on Global Modelling, Processes shaping biosphere-atmosphere interactions and many more.

The Summer School will be at: IT Paradies, Mälzerstraße 5, 07745 Jena.

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May 30 
08:30 – 09:00Registration 
09:00 – 09:30  Welcome and opening Nuno Carvalhais, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
09:30 – 10:15Understanding and forecasting the terrestrial carbon cycle: Inferring process dynamics from biomass data & Discussion
Mathew Williams, University of Edinburgh
10:15 – 11:00Coffee break 
11:00 – 12:00Biomass and biomass changeChristiane Schmullius, Friedrich Schiller University
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 14:00The changing Amazon carbon balance: Deforestation, forest degradation, and impacts of climate changePaulo Artaxo, Instituto de Física da Universidade de Sao Paulo
14:00 – 15:00Introduction to BIOMASS mission and MAAPtbd
15:00 – 15:30Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30SAR IntroKostas Papathanassiou, DLR – Microwaves and Radar Institute
16:30 – 17:00 SAR Exe & Discussion
May 31
09:00 – 10:00Pol-SAR IntroKostas Papathanassiou, DLR – Microwaves and Radar Institute
10:00 – 10.30Pol-SAR Exe & Disc 
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00In-SAR IntroductionKostas Papathanassiou, DLR – Microwaves and Radar Institute
12:00 – 12:30In-SAR Exe & Discussion 
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 14:30Tomo-SAR IntroductionKostas Papathanassiou, DLR – Microwaves and Radar Institute
14:30 – 15:00Tomo-SAR Exe & Discussion 
15:00 – 15:30Coffee break 
15:30 – 17:30Q & A 
18:00 – Community Event and Poster session
June 01
09:00 – 10:00(Modelling) Amazon rainforest responses to environmental change& DiscussionAnja Rammig, Technical University of Munich
10:00 – 10:30Introduction to Forest Modelling Friedrich Bohn, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30Simulation and Analysis of Forest Factory RTMHans Henniger & Kim Schmidt, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00Bridging models and observationNuno Carvalhais, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
14:00 – 15:30Exploratory model-data integration exercisesHui Yang & Sujan Koirala & Siyuan Wang, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
15:30 – 16:00Coffee break 
16:00 – 17:30Q&A 
17:30 – 18:00Feedback & Wrap up
Poster Session on May 31
18:00 – 18:30Poster session 1
Antje Uhde (Max-Planck-Institute of Biogeochemistry) “Flooding Dynamics of Tropical Floodplain Forests in the Western Amazon”
Graciela Tejada Pinell (National Institute for Space Research of Brazil) “Greenhouse gases, natural processes and land use in the Amazon”

Elham Shafeian (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) “Multi Scale large area fractional woody cover estimation across mountainous semi-arid forests”
Imran Sajid (Bonn University) “Performance evaluation and water availability of canal irrigation scheme in Pakistan”
Kirsten Krüger (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) “Analysis of forest gap dynamics with repeat lidar in the Berchtesgaden National Park”
18:30 – 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 20:30Poster session 2
Xiao Liu (Technical University Dresden) “Estimating the vertical distribution of above ground biomass in tropical forests by combining spaceborne lidar and TomoSAR observations”
Luana Basso (National Institute for Space Research of Brazil) “Estimation of Amazon carbon balance from atmospheric concentrations using inverse modelling”
Nele Römer (Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development) “Above-ground carbon storage analysis of forests in the biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin – A geopsatial analysis”

Sunni Kanta Prasad Kushwaha (Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee) “Forest degradation assessment using UAV optical photogrammetry and SAR data”

Gulam Mohiuddin (Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development) “Statistical Relation between Vegetation Cover and Land Surface Temperature in Phnom Penh City”


Where will the Summer School take place?
How can I prepare myself for the Summer School?

You can do the ECHOES IN SPACE MOOC or the BIOMASS mission introduction by EO-College.

Are there any Corona regulations in place?

Yes, all participants need to be fully vaccinated or recovered (within the last 6 month). Self-tests will be provided on site.

Travelling to Jena

Jena has two train stations: Jena Paradies and Jena Westbahnhof. Very generally speaking Jena Paradies is more convenient if arriving from the East and Jena Westbahnhof is more convenient if arriving from the West, but please check this for your own itinerary or contact us, in case you need help.
If you come by plane from:
Arrival at Berlin Airport: Take a S-Bahn or train to Berlin HBF or Südkreuz and then catch another train to Jena Paradies or Jena West station (roughly 3 hours).
Arrival at Leipzig-Halle Airport: Take a shuttle or any train to Leipzig’s main station (Hauptbahnhof), then take a train to Jena Paradies station. It takes about 1 hour.
Arrival at Munich Airport: Take a shuttle or any train to Munich’s main station (Hauptbahnhof), then take a ‘ICE’ train to Erfurt from where you can take a regional train the Jena Westbahnhof (duration: about 4 hours)
Arrival at Frankfurt/Main Airport: Take the train to Jena Westbahnhof (duration: about 3 hours)

Further Links

public transportation in Jena
map of public transportation in Jena
city map of Jena
trains to and from Jena
Taxis (Taxiunternehmen Jena e.G.)

These hotels have rooms that you can book as a participant. Please use the reference code “Summer School” when booking your room. You can also find a different hotel, but due to our anniversary, some hotels in the city might be booked already.