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Jannes Münchow

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Jannes Münchow


Institut für Geographie
Department of GISsience Group
Room 136 A
Grietgasse 6
07743 Jena

Phone: +49 3641-9-48896
Fax: +49 3641-9-48852
office hours:
Do 16 - 18 Uhr

Jannes Münchow

Research and teaching associate

As a GIScientist and geo-data scientist I am passionate about all things spatial. I love maps, geospatial data, complex spatial patterns, GIS and all related technologies. Hence, I have a keen interest in spatial and geostatistical modeling, algorithm automation and geocomputation, big data analytics, cloud computing, parallel processing, literate programming and web technologies. In my research I aim to develop geo-relevant techniques and algorithms while applying them to environmental and economic data. At the moment I am studying ENSO-influenced Peruvian ecosystems, tropical gradients, forest health (disease mapping and prediction), precision farming and landslide susceptibility. To promote GIScience, sustainability and ecological understanding I hope to participate in a wide range of inter- and transdisciplinary projects in the future.

Key research areas

  • Geospatial algorithm automation and development of customized GIS applications
  • Using R as a GIS
  • Tropical gradients and the influence of ENSO on tropical ecosystems
  • Species distribution, spatial diversity and ecosystem services modeling
  • Landslide susceptibility

Teaching and study counseling

If you need any advice regarding the master's program GIScience, you are more than welcome to contact me or to drop by during my office hours.

Geographic Information Systems, spatial databases, environmental statistics and applied GIScience are at the center of my teaching:

  • GEO 111 Geographic Information Science A
  • GEO 213 Geograpic Information Science II
  • GEO 241 Applied Environmental Statistics (co-taught)
  • GEO 404 Applied Geographic Information Science

Possible theses topics

If you are interested in any of the listed topics, please send me an e-mail or drop by my office.

  • Developing open-source software tools for qualitative spatial data analysis (qualitative GIS, mixed-methods approach)
  • Performance and quality check of various GIS software packages (ArcGIS, GRASS, SAGA, QGIS, OpenJump, gvSIG)
  • Testing and developing the R package RQGIS
    • Function development for TauDEM, OTB & LasTools
    • Linux & rPython
    • Developing a QGIS mapping and editing widget for R
  • El Niño and La Niña and their impact on vegetation development in northern Peru
  • Modeling and innovative color-composite mapping of floristic/climatic gradients on a fog oasis in northern Peru
  • Disease mapping in Spanish pine forests (together with Prof. Dr. Alexander Brenning, Msc Patrick Schratz, Msc Marco Pena)
    • Exploratory analysis of tree data
    • Spatial prediction and mapping of various tree pathogens (Armillaria/Heterobasidion)
    • Feature extraction from hyperspectral imagery
    • Upscaling hyperspectral plot-level data using large-scale Hyperion imagery
  • Change detection (land-use, sociodemography) in the Alpes (together with Dr. Petra Dieker)
  • Landslide susceptibility modeling and mapping (together with Prof. Dr. Alexander Brenning, Dr. Helene Petschko)
  • Review: The importance of spatial cross-validation in landslide susceptibility research (together with Prof. Dr. Alexander Brenning, Dr. Helene Petschko and Msc Jason Goetz)
  • Mapping and modeling rock glaciers in the Peruvian Andes
  • Geomarketing: evaluation of methods to downscale population (e.g., downscaling inhabitants from census tract level to street segments)
  • Precision farming in collaboration with partners from the industry
  • Geodata analysis and visualization for the ITZ Bund (InformationsTechnikZentrum Bund)
  • Student proposals, i.e. anything spatial, VGI, OSM, web technologies, data science challenges, etc.

Curriculum vitae  

Complete vita as pdf

Since 01/2016
Research and teaching associate (Postdoc), GIScience research group, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
10/2013 - 12/2015 Research Specialist at GfK Geomarketing Nürnberg
04/2010 - 09/2013

PhD studies (Dr. rer. nat.) at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Thesis title: Vegetation dynamics along climatic gradients and under human pressure in the arid north of Peru with a special focus on the impact of the ENSO phenomenon

06/2009 - 10/2009 Research field trip to Southern Ecuador (ECSF) and research fellow at the University of Waterloo, Canada
10/2008 - 01/2009 Fixed-term work contract at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, project German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System including a field trip to Indonesia
03/2007 - 03/2008 Studies of Physical Geography at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago de Chile) and research field trip to Southern Ecuador (Loja and Estación Científica San Francisco).
10/2004 - 03/2010 Studies of Physical Geography (with geology and biology as minor subjects) at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Selected publications

  • Rollenbeck, R., Bayer, F., Muenchow, J., Richter, M., Rodríguez, R. & Atarama, N. (2015). Climatic cycles and gradients of the El Niño core region in North Peru. Advances in Meteorology, doi: 10.1155/2015/750181.
  • Brenning, A., Schwinn, M., Ruiz-Páez, A.P. & Muenchow, J. (2015). Landslide susceptibility near highways is increased by 1 order of magnitude in the Andes of southern Ecuador, Loja province, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 45-57, doi: 10.5194/nhess-15-45-2015.
  • Peters, T., A. Bräuning, A., Muenchow, J. & Richter, M. (2014). An ecological paradox: high species diversity and low position of the upper forest line in the Andean Depression. Ecology and Evolution 4, pp. 2134-2145. doi:10.1002/ece3.1078.
  • Muenchow, J., von Wehrden, H., Rodríguez, E.F., Rodríguez, R.A., Bayer, F. & Richter, M. (2013). Woody vegetation of a Peruvian tropical dry forest along a climatic gradient depends more on soil than annual precipitation. Erdkunde, 241-248. doi:10.3112/Erdkunde.2013.03.03.
  • Muenchow, J., Hauenstein, S., Bräuning, A., Bäumler, R., Rodríguez, E. F. & von Wehrden, H. (2013). Soil texture and altitude, respectively, largely determine the floristic gradient of the most diverse fog oasis in the Peruvian desert. Journal of Tropical Ecology 29, 427-438, doi: 10.1017/S0266467413000436.
  • Muenchow, J., Bräuning, A., Rodríguez, E.F. & von Wehrden, H. (2013). Predictive mapping of species richness and plant species' distributions of a Peruvian fog oasis along an altitudinal gradient. Biotropica 45, 5, 557-566, doi: 10.1111/btp.12049.
  • Muenchow, J., Feilhauer, H., Bräuning, A., Rodríguez, E.F., Bayer, F., Rodríguez, R.A. & von Wehrden, H. (2013). Coupling ordination techniques and GAM to spatially predict vegetation assemblages along a climatic gradient in an ENSO-affected region of extremely high climate variability. Journal of Vegetation Science 24, 6, 1154-1166, doi: 10.1111/jvs.12038.
  • Muenchow, J., Brenning, A. & Richter, M. (2012). Geomorphic process rates of landslides along a humidity gradient in the tropical Andes. Geomorphology 139-140, 271-284, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.10.029.
Dr. Jannes Münchow
Research and teaching associate

Visiting address

Lehrstuhl für Geoinformatik
Room 136 A
Grietgasse 6
07743 Jena

Postal address

Institut für Geographie
Lehrstuhl für Geoinformatik
Löbdergraben 32
07737 Jena

Phone:  +49-3641-9-48896
Fax.:     +49-3641-9-48852
Office hours
  Mi 13:00-15:00