Patrick Hostert is founding Director of IRI THESys and Head of the Earth Observation Lab of the Geography Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He received his first degree in physical geography from Trier University, Germany, in 1994, an M.Sc. in GIS from Edinburgh University, UK, in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing from Trier University, Germany, in 2001. During his assistant professorship at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2002 to 2006) he focused on remote sensing of urban environments. Since 2006 he holds a full professorship with a focus on remote sensing at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Patrick Hostert is founder and head of the Earth Observation Lab and since 2008 director/vice-director of the Geography Department. Patrick Hostert serves, among others, the Global Land Project Scientific Steering Committee, the Landsat Science Team, and the Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Program’s Science Team. His research in remote sensing focuses on land system science.

As director and deputy director of IRI THESys until October 2022, Patrick Hostert led the institute’s scientific mission, chaired the IRI board and represented IRI THESys members and affiliates in all.

Research Interests

  • Transformations of land use systems
  • Land use and carbon dynamics
  • Remote sensing based mapping and monitoring


MAT_STOCKS – Understanding the role of material stock patterns for the transformation to a sustainable society

GreenGrass – Innovative approaches for sustainable grassland management at the landscape scale

CliWaC –  Einstein Research Unit “Climate and Water under Change”