Second International Workshop

At the Interface of Silviculture, Remote Sensing


Forest Development: Ideas for Integrated Research 

9-11 May 2022

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This international workshop is the second 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 three-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
  • University of FU Berlin
  • Technische Universität München
  • University of Tehran
  • University of Lorestan
  • University of Kurdistan
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research of Germany
  • Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands of Iran
  • Bavarian Forest National Park of Germany
  • Landwirtschaftliches Technologiezentrum Augustenberg of Germany

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


Christian Bauer

Landwirtschaftliches Technologiezentrum Augustenberg


Kyumars Mohammadi Samani

University of Kurdistan



Fabian Ewald Fassnacht

Freie Universität Berlin


Elham Shafeian

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology



Simon König

Bavarian Forest National Park


Seyed Arvin Fakhri

K.N. Toosi University of Technology



Yousef Erfanifard

University of Tehran



Dominik Holzer

Technische Universität München




Hooman Latifi

K. N.  University of Technology/University of Würzburg



Abolfazl Jaafari

Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands



Seyedeh Zahra Hosseini

University of Lorestan



Azin Zarei

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research



General Information

2022/05/09 07:30:00

Date: 9-11 May
Location: Faculty of Geodesy and Geomatics of K.N.Toosi University of Technology
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

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