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A. Ch. Braun

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

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

councelling by appointment


room: 311
phone: +49 721 608 43862
fax: +49 721 608 42888
andreas ch braunXal4∂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

international cooperation research and teaching initiated and led by A. Ch. Braun
  • 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

2011-2017    Studies of sociology, economy and philosophy at Fernuniversität Hagen

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

  • Surveys in Geophysics
  • 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
  • Revista Chapingo
  • 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)

TEDxKIT 2016: Decisions and Future

The talk, held at the TEDxKIT conference on Decisions and Future, complements talks on automatized decision making. It discusses the epistemiological Situation and Role of human deciders in post-modernity. In the following, it relates to (at that time) recent political debates and societal changes.
 

A. Ch. Braun speaker at TEDxKIT 2016

Find the talk on youtube.

List of publications

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Kattenborn, T., Lopatin, J., Förster, M., Braun, A.C., Fassnacht, F.E. (in review): Mapping woody invasive species using UAV-based reference acquisitions and combined Sentinel-1 and -2 data, Submitted to Remote Sensing of Environment (Elsevier)
  • Lewerentz, A., Egger, G., Householder, E., Reid, B., Braun, A.C., Garofano Gomez, V. (in print): Functional assessment of invasive Salix fragilis L. in north-western Patagonian flood plains: a comparative approach, Submitted to Acta Oecologica (Elsevier)
  • Jaque Castillo, E., Astudillo Reyes, L., Espinoza Espinoza, S., Braun, A.C. (in print) Evaluación de la construcción social del riesgo y vulnerabilidad social pos-tsunami a través del modelo “presión y descompresión”. Caso de estudio, Caleta Tumbes – Chile, Submitted to Investigaciones Geograficas (Elsevier)
  • Braun, A.C., Hitzeroth, M. (in review:) Relating polito-economic factors to the spatial expansion of the plantation industry in the coastal region of central Chile, Submitted to Land Use Policy (Elsevier)
  • Stötzer, J., Wursthorn, S., Braun, A.C., Keller, S. (in review): Development of a generic concept to analyze the accessibility of emergency facilities in critical road infrastructure for disaster scenarios - Exemplary application for the 2017 wildfires in Chile and Portugal, Submitted to Natural Hazards (Springer)
  • Braun, A.C., Fassnacht, F., Valencia Delgado, D., Sepulveda Teran, M. (in review): Consequences of the Chilean Wildfire Disaster 2017 and Land use practices for the central Chilean Biodiversity Hotspot: Impacts, Implications and Recommendations for Restoration Planning, Submitted to Biological Conservation (Elsevier)
  • Braun, A.C., Keller, S., Kubisch, S., Stötzer, J. (in print A): Critical Infrastructure Analysis (CRITIS) in developing regions – Designing an approach to analyse peripheral remoteness, risks of accessibility loss and isolation due to road network insufficiencies in Chile, Accepted by GI Forum (Open Access)
  • Banfield, C.C., Braun, A.C., Barra, R., Castillo, A., Vogt, J. (2018): Erosion proxies in an exotic tree plantation question the appropriate land use in Central Chile, Catena, 161(2018), 77-84.
  • 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

  • Kubisch, S., Stötzer, J., Keller, S., Bull, M., Braun, A.C. (in review): Combining different scientific approaches to analyse evacuation in natural disasters: A case study in the Chilean community of Talcahuano, 16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), 2019
  • Braun, A.C. (2018): Feuer in Chile. Soziale Instiutionen, Normen, Praktiken und kulturelle Dispositive zur Erklärung differenzieller Betroffenheit ruraler Livelihoods in den Waldbränden 2017, Congress of German Society for Sociology, 2018
  • 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.