Doctoral Researcher

Mina Karamesouti is a doctoral researcher who joined the IRI-THESys and the Geography Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2022. Motivated by the UN 2030 Land Degradation Neutrality initiative, her research project focuses on the formal knowledge representation of the optimal land use and land management practices, from scientific and local-community perspective. With her research she will try to highlight the priorities based on which people select to use and manage their land. Her research has a supervisor from the Geography Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a co-supervisor from the University of Potsdam.

Mina holds a BSc in Structural Engineering and MSc in Environmental Management and in Geoinformatics. She worked for about 2 years in industry as a CAD designer for infrastructure and construction works. In parallel, she had her first MSc degree in Environmental Management. As a researcher at the Agricultural University of Athens (2009 – 2015) she worked in National and International projects addressing land degradation problems in rural and forested areas (mainly desertification and soil erosion risk) using qualitative and empirical models. Later, at the Spatial Intelligence Laboratory of the WWU Münster (2017 – 2020), she got involved with the formal knowledge representation of land administration problems addressed in traditional agropastoral communities in Kenya and in Ethiopia.

Research Interests

  • Land degradation and desertification processes
  • Soil erosion modelling
  • Local community land use and land management knowledge representation
  • Declarative logic programming


Answer Set Programming for land use Knowledge Representation: gaining insight from marginal rural environments

Selected Publications

Karamesouti, M., Schultz, C., Chipofya, M., Jan, S., Galeano, C.E.M., Schwering, A., Timm, C. (2018). THE MAASAI OF SOUTHERN KENYA DOMAIN MODEL OF LAND USE. ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Sciences 4(4)

Karamesouti, M., Panagos, P., Kosmas, C. (2018). Model-based spatio-temporal analysis of land desertification risk in Greece. Catena 167, 266-275

Karamesouti, M., Petropoulos, G., Papanikolaou, I., Kairis, O., Kosmas, K. (2016). Erosion rate predictions from PESERA and RUSLE at a Mediterranean site before and after a wildfire: Comparison & implications. Geoderma 261, 44-58

Karamesouti, M., Detsis, V., Kounalaki, A., Vasiliou, P., Salvati, L., Kosmas, C. (2015). Land-use and land degradation processes affecting soil resources: Evidence from a traditional Mediterranean cropland (Greece). Catena 132, 45-55

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