During my childhood in Germany I was always keen to understand the driving forces behind our changing planet. It was therefore natural for me to do a B.Sc. in Geography at university, which I finished in 2018. During my time at the university I started understanding that most of our major problems, such as climate change, social disparities and environmental degradation, are connected to globalisation. Trying to get a glimpse of the whole scope of our problems, I noticed that geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies provide us with most of the data and tools we need to find solutions. I therefore proceeded with a master’s degree in the field of geoinformatics.
Even though the definition of “geoinformatics” already implies a computer-based working environment, I never lost contact with nature. I spend a lot of time outside hiking, climbing or playing football with colleagues. I worked as a volunteer in wildlife monitoring projects in South Africa, which counts as one of my best experiences yet.
During my internship at GRID-Arendal I am working on different projects with GIS-based approaches, including projects on coastal permafrost and the Global Tailings Dam project.