Dr. Frank Thonfeld joined the WASCAL-DE-Coop project team in August 2019. Frank grew up in a small village not far away from the birthplace of Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space. The fascination for the view from space on earth has seized him early. He studied geography (physical geography and remote sensing) at the University of Jena and later went to Bonn to obtain a doctorate. Frank became executive scientist of the center for remote sensing of land surfaces (ZFL) of the University of Bonn. Until recently, he was employed as PostDoc at the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn. He was involved in several projects dealing with climate adaptation, land use change and wetlands with regional foci in East Africa and Europe. In addition, he is also interested in remote sensing of forests including the impact of climate change and forest management processes. Frank has more than seven years of teaching experience.
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Sarah Schönbrodt-Stitt has joined the Department of Remote Sensing in April 2016. She is part of the BMBF-project WASCAL-DE-Coop and was previously connected to the projects CAWa (funded by the German Federal Foreign Office) and MedWater (funded by the BMBF). Sarah Schönbrodt-Stitt studied Geography and Geology at the universities of Greifswald and Göttingen. In 2014, she received a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from the University of Tübingen (Soil Science and Geomorphology) for her work on soil erosion and its dynamics in a highly dynamic, terraced environment with focus on the effect of the Three Gorges Dam in China. Since 2012, she was coordinator of the BMBF-funded Sino-German project ‘YANGTZE GEO’ studying the human-induced environmental changes and geo-hazards in the Three Gorges Reservoir area and was deeply involved in the multi-scale investigation methods and techniques from soil science, geology, hydrology, geophysics, remote sensing, and data survey and monitoring that have been applied in the participating subprojects.
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