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A. Ch. Braun

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Ch. Braun

Junior professor
Geoecologist (diploma), Sociologist (M.A.)
office hours: 

Mo., 8.30-10.30 p.m. and on appointment


room: 311
phone: +49 721 608 43862
fax: +49 721 608 42888
andreas ch braunSrf9∂kit edu

Institut für Regionalwissenschaft
Geb. 10.50
Reinhard-Baumeister-Platz 1
76131 Karlsruhe


Duties and responsibilities

  • Junior Professorship on Risk Oriented Regional Development
  • Scientific speaker of the KIT-Chile-Cluster
  • Development and co-direction of the German-Chilean Master's degree programme
  • Responsible lecturer for module 21 "risk, vulnerability and disasters in spatial planning"
  • Research and teaching

Teaching

  • Einführung in die vulnerabilitätsorientierte Raumplanung (introduction to spatial planning focussing on factors of vulnerability)
  • Methoden und Instrumentarien räumlicher Planung (methods and instruments of spatial planning)
  • Regionalwissenschaftliche Exkursion (regional science field trip)
  • Regionale Ökologie (regional ecology)
  • Regionale Soziologie (regional sociology)
  • Karten und Bilder (maps and images)
  • Regionalwissenschaftliches Planspiel (regional science planning game)
  • Regionalmanagement und Netzwerkbildung (regional management and networking)
  • Risiken durch Infektionskrankheiten und Umweltnoxen (risks through infectious diseases and environmental toxines)
  • Technologische Risiken und kritische Infrastrukturen (technological risks and critical infrastructures)
  • Regionale Probleme und Planungskonzepte in Entwicklungsländern (regional problems and planning concepts in developing countries)

Research emphasis

  • Land use change
  • Risk research
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Environmental and risk sociology
  • Remote sensing as a method of environmental monitoring

Curriculum vitae

1982            Born in Heidelberg, Germany

2002-2009    Studies of Geoecology at the Technical University Karlsruhe

2009-2013    Promotion to Dr. rer. nat. at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

2010-2011    Scientific coordinator of the research cluster hydrosphere

2011-2012    Scholarship of Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KIT-KHYS): Feasibility Studies of Young Scientists

2011-2013    Alumnus of the KIT Graduate School for Climate and Environment (KIT-GRACE)

2014-2015    Post-Doctorate at the University of Freiburg

Since 2011   Studies of sociology, economy and philosophy at Fernuniversität Hagen (ongoing)

2015            Promotion to Junior Professor for Risk Oriented Regional Development

Since 05/2015 Professor at the Institute of Regional Science of KIT

Memberships

  • Verband für Geoökologie in Deutschland
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie
  • Gesellschaft für Ökologie
  • Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photogrammetrie und Fernerkundung

Editorships

  • Urban Planning

Reviewerships

  • Revista Chapingo
  • Biological Conservation
  • Journal of Applied Vegetation Science
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • IEEE Trans. on Geoscience and Remote Rensing
  • Computers and Geoscience
  • ISPRS Internat. Soc. for Photogr. and Rem. Sensing
  • IEEE J. of Selec. Topics in Appl. Earth Obs. and Rem. Sens. (JSTARS)
  • Neural Computing & Applications
  • Journal of Surveying and Mapping Engineering
  • Journal of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Remote Sensing

Consultancy

  • Scientific consultant of the company OpenForests (Bonn / Germany) for development, implementation and monitoring of sustainable and socially responsible REDD+ projects in developing countries
  • Scientific consultant of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History - PAIGH - (Prize to the best M.Sc. thesis/Ph.D. dissertation in Cartography, Geodesy and related areas)

List of publications

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Braun, A.C., Tröger, D., Garcia, R., Aguayo, M., Barra, R., Vogt, J. (2017): Assessing the impact of plantation forestry on plant biodiversity - A comparison of sites in Central Chile and Chilean Patagonia,Global Ecology and Conservation, 10(2017), 159-172.
  • Braun, A.C., Koch, B. (2016): Estimating impacts of plantation forestry on plant biodiversity in southern Chile—a spatially explicit modelling approach, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2016), 188-564.
  • Hildinger, A., Braun, A.C. (2016): Outlining an approach to address Geospherical and Biospherical aspects of Coastal Squeeze in the Mediterranean, Journal of Coastal Research (2016), 997-1001.
  • Braun, A.C. (2015): Taxonomic Diversity and Taxonomic Dominance: The Example of Forest Plantations in South-Central Chile. Open Journal of Ecology, 5, 199-212.
  • Bradley, P.E., Braun, A.C. (2015): Finding the Asymptotically Optimal Baire Distance for Multi-Channel Data. Applied Mathematics, 6, 484-495.
  • Braun, A.C., Vogt, J. (2014): A Multiscale Assessment of the Risks Imposed by Plantation Forestry on Plant Biodiversity in the Hotspot Central Chile. Open Journal of Ecology, 4, 1025-1044.
  • Braun, A.C., Banfield, C.C., Jaramillo, P., Meyer, I., Schmidt-Cotta, C., Tröger, D., Volceski, V., Hansen-Rojas, G., Vogt, J. (2014): Multiple Umweltauswirkungen der kommerziellen Plantagenwirtschaft in Zentralchile – Zwischenbericht einer deutsch-chilenischen Lehr- und Forschungskooperation. Forum der Geoökologie, 25(3), 30-35.
  • Braun, A.C. (2014): Die Artenvielfalt muss erhalten werden! Aber warum nur? Eine Rezension zu Donald Maier (2012). Forum der Geoökologie, 25(3), 39-40.
  • Braun, A.C., Rojas, C., Echeverria, C., Rottensteiner, F., Bähr, H. P., Niemeyer, J., Aguayo-Arias, M., Kosov, S., Hinz, S., Weidner, U. (2014): Design of a Spectral–Spatial Pattern Recognition Framework for Risk Assessments Using Landsat Data - A Case Study in Chile. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 7(3), 917-928.
  • Braun, A.C. (2012): Wohlstand ohne Wachstum – Leben und Wirtschaften in einer endlichen Welt. Buchrezension. Forum der Geoökologie, 23(2), 53-54.
  • Braun, A.C., Weidner, U., Jutzi, B., Hinz, S. (2012): Kernel composition with the one-against-one cascade for integrating external knowledge into SVM classification. Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation, 2012(4), 371-384
  • Braun, A.C., Weidner, U., Hinz, S. (2012): Classification in High-Dimensional Feature Spaces - Assessment Using SVM, IVM and RVM With Focus on Simulated EnMAP Data. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 5(2), 436-443
  • Braun, A.C., Weidner, U., Hinz, S. (2010): Support Vector Machines for Vegetation Classification - A Revision. Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation, 2010(4), 273-281.

 

BOOK PUBLICATIONS

  • Hinz, S., Braun, A.C., Weinmann, M. (in print): Object and pattern recognition in remote sensing – Modelling and monitoring enviromental and anthropogenic objects and change processes. Whittles-Publishing, Dunbeath/Scotland.
  • Braun, A.C. (2017): Latours Existenzweisen und Luhmanns Funktionssysteme – Ein soziologischer Theorienvergleich. Springer VS, Wiesbaden.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Braun, A.C., Weinmann, M., Wursthorn, S., Keller, S., Schenk, S., Jutzi, B., Hinz, S. (in print): Remote Sensing and Computer Vision Image Analysis: Summary and Recent Trends. In: Hinz, S., Braun, A.C., Weinmann, M. (Eds.): Object and pattern recognition in remote sensing – Modelling and monitoring enviromental and anthropogenic objects and change processes. Whittles-Publishing, Dunbeath/Scotland, 391-403.
  • Weinmann, M., Braun, A.C. (in print): Benchmarking – A basic requirement for effective performance evaluation. In: Hinz, S., Braun, A.C., Weinmann, M. (Eds.): Object and pattern recognition in remote sensing – Modelling and monitoring enviromental and anthropogenic objects and change processes. Whittles-Publishing, Dunbeath/Scotland, 391-403.
  • Braun, A.C., Sturm-Hentschel, U., Hinz, S. (in print): A Settlement Process Analysis in Coastal Benin – Confronting Scarce Data Availability in Developing Countries. In: Hinz, S., Braun, A.C., Weinmann, M. (Eds.): Object and pattern recognition in remote sensing – Modelling and monitoring enviromental and anthropogenic objects and change processes. Whittles-Publishing, Dunbeath/Scotland, 361-387.
  • Braun, A.C., Banfield, C.C. (in print): A Process-based model approach to predict future land-use changes and link biodiversity with soil erosion in Chile. In: Hinz, S., Braun, A.C., Weinmann, M. (Eds.): Object and pattern recognition in remote sensing – Modelling and monitoring enviromental and anthropogenic objects and change processes. Whittles-Publishing, Dunbeath/Scotland, 283-307.
  • Weinmann, M., Braun, A.C. (in print): A Short Survey on Supervised Classification in Remote Sensing. In: Hinz, S., Braun, A.C., Weinmann, M. (Eds.): Object and pattern recognition in remote sensing – Modelling and monitoring enviromental and anthropogenic objects and change processes. Whittles-Publishing, Dunbeath/Scotland, 93-126.
  • Sturm-Hentschel, U., Braun, A.C., Hinz, S., Vogt, J. (2013): Detecting and Characterizing Settlement Changes in Developing Countries Using VHSR Data: Case of the Coastal Area of Benin. In: Krisp, J.M., Meng, L., Pail, R., Stilla, U. (Eds.): Earth Observations of Global Changes (EOGC), Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg, 63-80.
  • Sturm-Hentschel, U., Braun, A.C., Hinz, S., Vogt, J. (2011): Settlement process studies in developing countries using diverse remote sensing data types. In: Lenz-Wiedemann, V., Bareth, B. (Eds.) Kölner Geographische Arbeiten, 92, Geographisches Institut der Universität zu Köln, 131-142.

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • Keller, S., Braun, A.C., Hinz, S., Weinmann, M. (2017): Investigation of the potential of hyperspectral EnMAP data for land cover and land use classification. In Proceedings: 37. Wissenschaftlich-Technische Jahrestagung der DGPF in Würzburg – Publikationen der DGPF, Band 26, 2017.
  • Keller, S., Braun, A.C., Hinz, S., Weinmann, M. (2016): Investigation of the impact of dimensionality reduction and feature selection on the classification of hyperspectral EnMAP data. In Proceedings: IEEE WHISPERS – Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing – Evolution in Remote Sensing, 2016.
  • Braun, A.C., Weinmann, M., Keller, S., Müller, R., Reinartz, P., Hinz, S. (2015): The EnMAP Contest: Developing and Comparing Classification Approaches for the Environmental Mapping and Analysis Programme – Dataset and First Results, The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XL-3/W3, ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015.
  • Braun, A.C., Banfield, C.C., Vogt, J., Barra, R., Schuller, P., Koch, B. (2014): Assessing Erosion Risks Induced by Land-use Change in Favor of Commercial Forestry in Chile, EARSeL eProceedings, 34th EARSeL Symposium, 2014.
  • Braun, A.C., Weidner, U., Hinz, S. (2012): Kernel composition for Change Detection in Medium Resolution Remote Sensing Data. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Vol. XXXIX-B7, XXII ISPRS Congress, 25.08. - 01.09.2012, Melbourne, Australia, 2012, 281-286
  • Braun, A.C., Weidner, U., Hinz, S. (2011): Support Vector Machines, Import Vector Machines and Relevance Vector Machines for hyperspectral classification – a Comparison. In Proceedings: IEEE WHISPERS – Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing – Evolution in Remote Sensing, 2011.
  • Braun, A.C., Weidner, U., Jutzi, B., Hinz, S. (2011): Integrating model knowledge into SVM classification - Fusing hyperspectral and laserscanning data by kernel composition. In: Heipke, C., Jacobsen, K., Rottensteiner, F., Müller, S., Sörgel, U. (Eds.) High-resolution earth imaging for geospatial information. International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences 38 (Part 4 / W19) (on CD)
  • Sturm, U., Braun, A.C., Hinz, S., Vogt, J. (2011): Characterizing Settlement Changes and its Implications in the Coastal Area of Benin using high resolution data. In Proceedings: 3rd EOGC – Earth Observation on Global Changes, on CD-ROM.
  • Braun, A.C., Weidner, U., Hinz, S. (2011): Classifying Roof Materials using Data Fusion through Kernel Composition – Comparing v-SVM and One-class SVM. In Proceedings: JURSE – Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event, on CD-ROM. 2010.
  • Sturm, U., Braun, A.C., Hinz, S., Vogt, J. (2010): Settlement process studies in developing countries using diverse remote sensing data types. In Proceedings: ISPRS Workshop on Remote Sensing Methods for Change Detection and Process Modelling, on CD-Rom.
  • Braun, A.C. (2010): Evaluation of One-class SVM for pixel-based and segment-based Classification in Remote Sensing. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, vol. XXXVIII (Part 3B), on CD-ROM.