Dr. Ellen Banzhaf


Dr. Ellen Banzhaf
Senior Scientist

Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 341 235 1738
fax: ++49 341 235 451738
Dr. Ellen Banzhaf

Dr. Ellen Banzhaf

Professional and Academic Career

since 1994

Scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

until 1994

Research associate at the Institute for Physical Geography, University of Freiburg i.Br.

M.A. and Ph.D. (Dr. rer.nat.) in Geography. Topic concerning the overall issue: from point information to regional understanding "The Regionalisation of Heat Stress in Mainfranken (Bavaria) by Means of Geo Factors".

Research Areas

The main focus is on quantitative analyses of spatial and temporal dynamics in urban regions using remote sensing techniques. Monitoring and classifying land use and delineating change detection of LULC elementary procedures in the interdisciplinary field of urban development studies. Urban structures and further spatial indicators are derived to understand processes of spatial dynamics and corresponding socio-demographic and socio-economic development in neighbourhoods, cities and urban regions. Regional, national and international contexts are taken into consideration.

Selected topics are

  • Monitoring changes of regional urban land uses with respect to imperviousness and urban growth into the peri-urban environment.
  • Monitoring, analysis and evaluation of urban derelict land for revitalisation and redevelopment measures.
  • Investigation on urban green spaces and urban structures for urban ecological parameters and nature space potentials.
  • Analysis land use dynamics with respect to thermal patterns (climate issues) in urban agglomerations

Supervision of Internships, Scholarships and Theses

Students and scholars can take the opportunity to apply for an internship at the UFZ or can do their theses and scholarships at the research centre. Each thesis is supervised in close cooperation with the university at which the student is enrolled.

Supervision of PhD Scholars -  national and international -

Member of

  • International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE-D)
  • German Association for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation e.V. (DGPF)
  • Working Committee GIS in Geography
  • Working Committee Urban Ecology

Current publications

Banzhaf, E., Kabisch, S., Knapp, S., Rink, D., Wolff, M., Kindler, A. 2017. Integrated research on land-use changes in the face of urban transformations – An analytic framework for further studies. Land Use Policy, 60, 403-407. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.11.012

De la Barrera, F., Rubio, P., Banzhaf, E. 2016 The value of vegetation cover for ecosystem services in the suburban context. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (16) 110-122.

De la Barrera, F., Reyes-Paecke, S., Banzhaf, E. 2016. Indicators for green spaces in contrasting urban settings. Ecological Indicators 62, 212-219. DOI 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.10.027.

Rink, D., Banzhaf, E., Kabisch, S., Krellenberg, K. 2015. Von der „Großen Transformation“ zu urbanen Transformationen. Zum WBGU-Hauptgutachten Welt im Wandel. GAIA, (1), 21-25.

Banzhaf, E., Kollai, H. 2015. Monitoring the urban tree cover for urban ecosystem services – the case of Leipzig, Germany. Commission VIII, WG VIII/7 and WG VIII/8. ISPRS Archives: 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (Volume XL-7/W3), 11–15 May 2015, Berlin, Germany. Editors: G. Schreier, P. E. Skrovseth, and H. Staudenrausch. http://www.int-arch-photogramm-remote-sens-spatial-inf-sci.net/XL-7-W3/index.html (accessed 2015/06/10).

Banzhaf, E., De la Barrera, F., Kindler, A., Reyes-Paecke, S., Schlink, U. Welz, J., Kabisch, S. (2014). A Conceptual Framework for Integrated Analysis of Environmental Quality and Quality of Life, Ecological Indicators, (45) 664-668.

Banzhaf, E., Reyes-Paecke, S., Müller, A., Kindler, A. 2013. Do demographic and land-use changes contrast urban and suburban dynamics? A sophisticated reflection on Santiago de Chile. Habitat International 39, 179-191.

Banzhaf, E. & Netzband, M., 2012. Monitoring urban land use changes with remote sensing techniques. In: Richter, M. & Weiland, U. (eds.): Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework. Wiley-Blackwell Publ., Chichester UK, pp. 18-32.

Banzhaf, E., Kindler, A., Ebert, A. Metz, K., Reyes-Paecke, S. Weiland, U., 2012. Land-use Change, Risk and Land-use Management. Heinrichs, D., Krellenberg, K., Hansjürgens, B., Martínez, F. (eds.): Risk Habitat Megacity. Springer, pp. 127-154.

Romero, H., Vásquez, A., Fuentes, C., Salgado, M., Schmidt, A., Banzhaf, E. 2012. Assessing urban environmental segregation (UES). The case of Santiago de Chile. Ecological Indicators, (23)76-87.

Weiland, U., Kindler, A., Banzhaf, E., Ebert, A. & Reyes-Paecke, S., 2011. Indicators for Sustainable Land Use Management in Santiago de Chile. Ecological Indicators. 11 (5), 1074–1083.

Banzhaf, E., Kindler, A., Ebert, A. Metz, K., Reyes-Paecke, S. Weiland, U., 2011. Land-use Change, Risk and Land-use Management. In: Heinrichs, D., Krellenberg, K., Hansjürgens, B., Martínez, F. (eds.): Risk Habitat Megacity. Springer, 127-154.

Banzhaf, E. & Hese, S. 2010. Socio-ecological implications in water stress and urban growth modeling in Brasília. GEO-ÖKO 31(3-4), 223-251.

Kindler, A., Banzhaf, E., Ebert, A., Weiland, U., Reyes, S., 2010. 3.4 Thematic field: Land use management and flood risk prevention. Krellenberg, K., Kopfmüller, J., Barton, J. (eds.) 2010. How sustainable is Santiago de Chile? Current Performance – Future Trends – Potential Measures. Synthesis report of the Risk Habitat Megacity research initiative (2007-2011), 16-18. Synthesis_report_eng_mc_101018 (11 MB)

Muschak, C., Weiland, U. & Banzhaf, E., 2009. Brachflächen in Stadtentwicklung und kommunalen Planungen am Beispiel der Städte Leipzig und Stuttgart. UFZ-Bericht 02/2009. 84 S.

Netzband, M., Banzhaf, E., Höfer, R. & Hannemann, K., 2009: Identifying the poor in cities - How can remote sensing help to profile slums in fast growing cities and megacities? IHDP Update. Issue 1, March 2009, pp. 22-28. ISSN 1727-155X.

Banzhaf, E., V. Grescho & A. Kindler, 2009. Monitoring urban to peri-urban development with integrated remote sensing and GIS information: a Leipzig, Germany case study. International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 30, No. 7, pp. 1-22.

Banzhaf, E. & Höfer, R. (2008): Monitoring Urban Structure Types as Spatial Indicators With CIR Aerial Photographs for a More Effective Urban Environmental Management. In: Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), IEEE. Vol. 1, issue 2, pp. 129-138. ISSN: 1939-1404. Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/JSTARS.2008.2003310 Abstract_IEEE_Banzhaf_Hoefer.pdf (48.4 KB)

Banzhaf, E., A. Kindler & D. Haase (2007): Monitoring, mapping and modeling urban decline – a multi-scale approach for Leipzig, Germany -. European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) Special Interest Group (SIG) Remote Sensing of Land Use & Land Cover EARSeL eProceedings 6, 2/2007, 101-114. elba_EARSeL (3.7 MB)