Melanie Brauchler (MSc.)

Research Assistant (PhD candidate)


  • Remote Sensing
    • Deep Learning
    • Geographic Object Based Image Analysis, Segmentation
  • Volunteered Geographic Information (OpenStreetMap (OSM))
    • OSM as source for training data
    • OSM for humanitarian affairs and equal rights (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, Missing Maps)


Gokus, A., Hänel, A., Ruby, A., Dröge-Rothaar, A., Küchly, B., Kyba, C. C., ... &  Brauchler, M. et al. (2023). The Nachtlichter App: A citizen science tool for documenting outdoor light sources in public spaces. International Journal of Sustainable Lighting, 25(1), 24-66. 

M. Brauchler, J. Stoffels & S. Nink (2022): Extension of an Open GEOBIA Framework for Spatially Explicit Forest Stratification with Sentinel-2. Remote Sensing, 14, 727. 

M. Brauchler & J. Stoffels (2020): Leveraging OSM and GEOBIA to Create and Update Forest Type Maps. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 9, 499. 

see also 


  • JUL 2022 - GUT-Publikationspreis 2022 - 2nd place (Graduate Centre Trier University)
  • JUL 2021 - GUT-Publikationspreis 2021 - 2nd place (Graduate Centre Trier University)


  • JAN 2024 – ongoing: Deep Learning for Forest Stratification
  • JAN 2019 – ongoing: Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis for Forest Stratification
  • JUN 2018 – MAR 2019: Development of Object-Based Image Analysis Techniques to Derive Spatially-Explicit Diagnostic Units within the GRIPS Forest Location Geometries (Partner: National Park Authority Hunsrück-Hochwald; Funding: FAWF RLP)



  • Introduction to Geoinformatics (since WS 2018/2019)
  • Advanced Methods in GIS and Applications (since SS 2018)
  • Statistik I (SS18)


  • NOV 2023 - DEC 2023: Assessment of SDGs with the Tools of Geoinformatics (funding: Virtueller Campus Rheinland Pfalz (VCRP), programme: OpenEdu-RLP)
  • JAN 2023 - AUG 2023: Nachhaltige Digitalisierung der LV "Einführung in die Geoinformatik" (funding: Arbeitsstelle gute und innovative Lehre (AGIL, Universität Trier, programme: Teaching Incentive Fund (TIF))
  • JAN 2021 - DEC 2022: Digitale Transformation des international ausgerichteten Master-Studiengangs Environmental Sciences (DigES) (funding: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), programme: Internationale Programme Digital (IPDigital)

Curriculum Vitae

2018 – ongoing   Research Assistant/PhD-Student
2018    MSc-Thesis (Development of a GIS Interface to enable Interactive Land Cover Categorization)
2015 – 2018   MSc in Environmental Sciences; MSc Angewandte Geoinformatik (Trier University)
2015   BSc-Thesis (Likelihood ratio tests to investigate agriculturally influenced areas in the Tarim Basin, NW China)
2010 - 2015BSc in Environmental Sciences (Trier University) including one year ERASMUS Exchange Program (Estonian University of Life Science)