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Martin Baur MSc

PhD student (probationary)

Leveraging remote sensing-based information on plant water status for ecosystem models



  • 2020-present: PhD student (probationary), Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • 2018-2019: Visiting student, Department for Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT (with Prof. Dara Entekhabi).
  • 2018: Internship, MyDataPlant and CropRadar, Kleffmann Group: Development of a Sentinel-1 based biomass product for agribusiness.
  • 2017: Internship, Microwaves and Radar Institute, German Aerospace Center (DLR): Applying polarimetric modeling for an improved radar vegetation index.
  • 2016: Internship, Microwaves and Radar Institute, German Aerospace Center (DLR): Global analysis of SMAP active-passive covariation


  • 2019: MSc. Global Change Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Thesis title: Global characterization of vegetation canopy properties and their dynamics using microwave radiometry.
  • 2016: BSc. Geography, University of Augsburg. Thesis title: Comparison of modelled and measured rainfall energy – uncertainties within the fundamental driver of soil erosion.


  • Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme (HDPSP), 2020-2023
  • Max Weber-Program (Bavarian state), 2015-2019
  • German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), 2016-2019


Publications (peer-review)

  • Baur, M. J, Jagdhuber, T., Feldman, A. F., Chaparro, D., Piles, M., Entekhabi, D. (2021) Time-variations of zeroth-order vegetation absorption and scattering at L-band. Remote Sensing of Environment, 267, 112726.
  • Baur, M. J., Jagdhuber, T., Feldman, A. F., Akbar, R., Entekhabi, D. (2019): Estimation of Relative Canopy Absorption and Scattering at L-, C- and X-bands. Remote Sensing of Environment. 233, 111384.
  • Jagdhuber, T., Baur, M., Akbar, R., Das, N. N., Link, M., He, L., Entekhabi, D. (2019): Estimation of active-passive microwave covariation using SMAP and Sentinel-1 data. Remote Sensing of Environment 225, pp. 458-468.
  • Szigarski, C., Jagdhuber, T., Baur, M. J., Thiel, C., Parrens, M., Wigneron, J-P., Piles, M., Entekhabi, D. (2018): Analysis of the Radar Vegetation Index and Potential Improvements. Remote Sensing, 10 (11), 1776.
  • Wilken, F., Baur, M., Sommer, M., Deumilch, D., Bens, O., Fiener, P. (2018): Uncertainties in rainfall kinetic energy-intensity relations for soil erosion modelling. Catena, 171, pp. 234-244.

External activities

  • Reviewer for Remote Sensing of Environment