Nuno Carvalhais is the group leader of the Model-Data Integration research group of the Department Biogeochemical Integration, MPI-BGC. Dr. Carvalhais has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon, Portugal, on integrating multiple observational data streams and diagnostic modeling of ecosystem carbon fluxes.

Markus Reichstein is the director at Department for Biogeochemical Integration at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Professor for Global Geoecology at the University of Jena (2014) and founding director of the Michael-Stifel-Center Jena for Data-driven and Simulation Science (2015). Dr. Reichstein serves as a member of ESA’s BIOMASS Mission Advisory Group (MAG).

Hui Yang is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Nuno Carvalhais’s group. After she graduated from Nankai University with a Bachelor in Statistics, she pursued her PhD at Peking University in Physical Geograpy. In 2018, Dr. Yang started her career in the BIOMASS community within the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, France. Since December 2020, she is a PostDoc for the Project Office BIOMASS.

Siyuan Wang is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in the group of Dr. Nuno Carvalhais. He has a background in remote sensing and holds a master degree in cartography and GIS from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Stefanie Burkert is the project coordinator of the office. She has a Master in Science Marketing from the Technische Universität Berlin. After working at the Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries for seven years. Her focus is on interdisciplinary communication, organization and event management.

Konstantinos Papathanassiou is senior scientist at the Microwaves and Radar Institute (DLR-HR) of the the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He is member of DLR’s TanDEM-X and Tandem-L science teams, JAXA’s ALOS-PalSAR Cal/Val teams, JAXA’s Carbon and Kyoto Initiative and NASA’s GEDI Mission Science Team. He has been actively involved in BIOMASS from the very beginning, contributing to the original BIOMASS proposal as early as 2005 in response to ESA’s Earth Explorer 7th Call. Since 2006, he has been a member of ESA’s BIOMASS Mission Advisory Group. Currently, he is involved in the development of the BIOMASS operational processor and the definition, implementation, and validation of the BIOMASS L2 algorithms for forest height and biomass.


Christiane Schmullius has been the Science Team Lead for the SIR-C/X-SAR and SRTM radar spaceshuttle missions. Since 2000, she chairs the Department for Earth Observation at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Prof. Dr. Schmullius has been coordinating a series of large forest biomass projects: SIBERIA-I and -II, FRA-SAR, BIOMASAR, GlobBiomass. She was a member of ESA’s Earth Science Advisory Committee and the German Future Earth Committee.


Carsten Pathe received the Dipl.Geogr. degree from the Friedrich Schiller Univ. of Jena, Germany, in 2002 and Ph.D. in 2009 from the Vienna Univ. of Technology, Austria for his research on soil moisture retrieval from multi-year Envisat ASAR ScanSAR data using a change detection technique. From 2002 to 2010 he worked as a project assistant and manager at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (I.P.F.) at the Vienna Univ. of Technology. Since 2010 he is with the chair of Remote Sensing at the Institute of Geography at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany.

Andreas Huth leads the forest research group and is deputy head of the Department of Ecological Modelling, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. He also is a full Professor at Institute for Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück, Germany. Prof. Dr. Huth is a member of the iDiV-German Institute for Environmental Systems Research and was scientific coordinator of the Helmholtz Alliance “Remote Senscing and Earth System Dynamics”(EDA).



Friedrich J. Bohn is researcher within the Helmholtz Initiative “Climate adaptation and mitigation” (HI-CAM) and forest modelling group of the Department of Ecological Modelling, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. He was and is contributing to several projects: omBEF-Across, PROFOUND, FORMASAM, Helmholtz alliance EDA.