Professor, Humboldt University of Berlin
Global Change has many faces, such as urbanization or tropical deforestation, determining our ability to secure land, food or water resources for future generations. To pave the way towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we need to improve our knowledge on the rapidly changing Earth system – and satellite data from space is one of the core tools for doing so. Open data policies, novel satellite systems, smart algorithms and massive computing power are the ingredients to map Earth from space with unprecedented precision. Related challenges for big data sciences have never been bigger – nor opportunities greater.
Patrick Hostert is an expert in large area satellite data analysis, geography professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and founding director of HU’s excellence institute on sustainable global change (IRI THESys). His research portfolio includes studies on land abandonment in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain, on deforestation and carbon emissions in the Brazilian Amazon, or on land use intensification in Germany. Hostert is an advisor to German and US-American satellite missions (Landsat, EnMAP) and serves on the steering boards of the German Committee Future Earth and the international Global Land Programme.