Dr. Uta Heiden (PhD)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF)
Phone: +49 8153 283282
Fax: +49 8153 281444
Uta Heiden received her Ph.D. in urban spectroscopy from the Technical University of Berlin and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in 2003.
Currently, she is the Science Coordinator for the hyperspectral DESIS mission onboard the ISS and working as a senior scientist at The Remote Sensing Technology Institut of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Wessling, Germany. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of imaging spectroscopy, respective spaceborne missions and applications based on airborne and spaceborne imaging spectroscopy data in the fields of material-based reflectance properties of urban surfaces, spectral libraries, identification of surface materials and analysis of spectral mixtures. In her position as head of DLR’s “Spectroscopy and Land Degradation” team, she focused on imaging spectroscopy data at all scales for the development of spaceborne missions and for exploring the capacity of imaging spectroscopy for geoscientific applications such as forest vitality, land and soil degradation, urban ecology and mining environments. Recently, Uta Heiden has widened her interests towards a better understanding of the functions of soils in agricultural and degrading ecosystems and how EO multispectral and hyperspectral sensor systems can support the mapping and monitoring of soils. Her research interest includes temporal image compositing, soil cover assessment using spectroscopic data and methods and developing large-scale validation concepts using ML methods.
As a member of the EnMAP Science Advisory Group, she supports the PI and the DLR space agency in all areas related to science exploitation such as identifying potential new fields of research, encourage cooperation on an international level and promote and expand awareness of EnMAP data by scientific publications and presentations. Uta Heiden has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (IEEE JSTARS) and General Chair WHISPERS Conference 2019. Currently, she is Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal Transactions on Geoscience & Remote Sensing and Guest Editor of the Remote Sensing of Environment special issue. In 2021, she received the DLR senior scientist award.