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Research Scholar Ecosystems Services and Management
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Steffen Fritz first came to IIASA in 2004 to work with IIASA’s Greenhouse Gas Initiative (GGI). In 2007, he returned to the Forestry Program (FOR) where he worked on the GEO-BENE project. The project aimed at assessing the benefits of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Since 2011, Dr. Fritz is with the Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) where he became group leader of ESM’s Earth Observation Systems group (EOS) in 2013. In addition to his PI functions and coordinating role in various international and international projects related to remote sensing and crowdsourcing, he also has become the vice-chair of the COST action 'Mapping the citizen sensor'. In April 2014, he was awarded a European Research Grant (ERC) called Crowdland.
His broad research interests include crowdsourcing, volunteered geographical information, land-use science, earth observation, citizen science, fuzzy logic, remoteness mapping, global and regional vegetation monitoring, crop yield and crop acreage estimations of agricultural crops, serious gaming, gamification, in-situ data collection of land-use and land cover via crowdsourcing and the potential of using crowdsourcing in developing countries.
Dr. Fritz studied physics and geography at the University of Tübingen, Germany and in 1996, received a Master of Science degree from the University of Durham, UK in Geographical Information for Development. He was then awarded a scholarship from the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, UK where he finished his PhD in 2001 and researched the topic of how the wild land perception of people could be mapped. He then undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Joint Research Centre (JRC Ispra, Italy) from 2002. During this time he worked on land cover, where his primary task was to mosaic, harmonize, and produce the Global Land Cover GLC2000 database. Based on his work on land cover, he studied the uncertainties in global land cover.Since 2007, Dr. Fritz has become the initiator and driving force behind Geo-Wiki.org and Geo-Wiki mobile, a global land cover validation tool based on Web 2.0 and crowdsourcing to reduce uncertainties in land cover.
Last update: 03-JUN-2014
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