International Workshop

At the Interface of Silviculture, Remote Sensing


Forest Development: Ideas for Integrated Research 

Home   >   Event  > GI International Workshop


This international workshop is the first workshop planned within the BMBF/MSRT-funded mobility project FORZA. The Reconstruction of FORest decline processes in the ZAgros forests of Western Iran using remote sensing and dendrochronology (FORZA) project aims to consolidate and deepen existing collaborations between the K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Faculty of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Geography and Geo-ecology  in the field of forest research, remote sensing and sustainable management of forest resources in order to establish a long-term research cooperation. The thematic focus is on forest damage processes in the oak forests of western Iran, known as Zagros forests. The important technical objectives of FORZA are the joint research and the exchange of scientists and students. In addition, FORZA aims to expand the scientific network on forest and environmental research in Iran and Germany. The aim is to complement the existing expertise in the field of remote sensing with additional expertise in the fields of ecology and forest biometry.

Within the planned two-day workshop, the aim is to

  • exchange knowledge via multiple presentations at the interface between forest ecology and remote sensing, and
  • development of project ideas for future multi-lateral cooperation based on structured brainstorming sessions.

The thematically-relevant German experts include renown scientists from KIT, Technische Universität München, University of Regensburg, whereas the Iranian experts are from K.N.Toosi University of Technology, University of Tehran, University of Kurdistan, Razi University of Kermanshah, Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands and the Forests (RIFR), Rangelands and Watershed Management Organization of Iran (FRWO), building a mosaic of experts and opinion from both science and practical sectors. The detailed program consisting of plenary sessions and brainstorming sessions are as following.

Organizers and Sponsors


  • K.N. Toosi University of Technology
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Unuversity of Regensburg
  • Technische Universität München
  • University of Tehran
  • Razi University of Kermanshah
  • University of Kurdistan
  • Forests, Rangelands Watershed Management Organization of Iran
  • Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands of Iran

Hosted by


  • Reconstruction of tree decline within semi-arid forests using remote sensing
  • Silvicultural and forest ecological applications of remote sensing
  • Management and monitoring of semi-arid forests

Program Schedule

Day One:Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Time Speaker Titel
10:00 – 10:10 welcome note and intro from Fabian and Hooman
10:10 – 10:25 one-slide introduction from participants
10:25 – 10:50 Peter Annighöfer Assessing forest structures with terrestrial LiDAR as decision support tool for forest management
10:50 – 11:15 Parviz Fatehi Forest structural and functional assessment – an empirical approach
11:15 – 11:40 Fabian Fassnacht Fabian Fassnacht: Influence of cast shadows on the satellite-observed vegetation signal in open forests
11:40 – 11:50 Short break
11:50 – 12:15 Hooman Latifi Describing oak decline by integrating UAV- and space-borne data
12:15 – 12:40 Y. Mendes de Moura New approaches for estimating forest structure attributes using multi-angle remote sensing
12:40 – 13:05 Morteza Pourreza MODIS time series data based model for predicting the changes in fire regimes in the Zagros forests
13:05 – 14:30 Lunch break
Time Titel
15:00 – 15:15 First brainstorming session
15:00 – 15:15 Short break
15:00 – 15:15  brainstorming session

Day Two:Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Time Speaker Titel
10:00 – 10:25  Mahtab Pirbavaghar Leaf area index estimation in the northern Zagros forests using remote sensing
10:25 – 10:50 Elham Shafeian Mapping fractional woody cover in different spatial grains with Google Earth Engine
10:50 – 11:15 Somidh Saha Scope of oak cluster planting in forest restoration
11:15 – 11:25 Short break
11:25 – 11:50 Kamran Pourmoghadam Zagros-related tasks of non-Hyrcanian Beauro of the FRWO
11:50 – 12:15 Mehdi Pourhashemi The national Zagros forests monitoring of Iran
12:15 – 12:40 Florian Hartig Ecological Data Science
12:40 – 14:00 Lunch break
Time Titel
14:00 – 15:20 Third brainstorming session
15:00 – 15:15 Short break
15:35 – 16:55 Fourth brainstorming session
17:10 – 17:30  Wrap-up session and the way forward



Peter Annighöfer

Technische Universität München



Florian Hartig

University of Regensburg



Fabian Ewald Fassnacht

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology



Elham Shafeian

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology




Somidh Saha

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology




Yhasmin Mendes de Moura

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology




Mahtab Pirbavaghar

University of Kurdistan




Mehdi Pourhashemi

Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands




Hooman Latifi

K. N.  University of Technology/University of Würzburg




Kamran Pourmoghadam

Forests, Rangelands and Watershed Management Organization




Morteza Pourreza

Razi University of Kermanshah




Parviz Fatehi

University of Tehran



General Information

2021/06/08 07:30:00

Date: 8-9 June
Location: Virtual Event
Presentation Language: English
Organized by:

  • K. N. Toosi University of Technology
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie – KIT


  • Minestry of Science, Research and Technology
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung – BMBF

Need Assistance:
Phone: +98-21-88881003