Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jörn Hoffmann

German Aerospace Center
Space Administration
Königswinterer Str. 522-524
53227 Bonn
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Professional experience Professional functions Project experience Education Awards & Fellowships Publications Presentations Languages

Professional experience

2007-present German Aerospace Center (DLR), German Space Administration, Senior Scientific Officer.
Developing and representing national positions on the European Copernicus programme and international initiatives including GEO and CEOS; national measures in the context of Copernicus.
11/2015-05/2016 European Space Agency, Earth Observation Directorate: Seconded National Expert.
Supporting the preparation of Earth Observation Programmes for ESA's Ministerial Conference 2016.
09/2007-03/2008 Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs: Policy Officer (seconded by DLR).
Coordinating the national participation in – and contributions to – the European GMES (now Copernicus) and the international GEO initiatives.
2003-2007 German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Research Associate.
Research on applications of differential radar interferometry (InSAR) and the "permanent scatterer" (PS) technique. Applied research projects in cooperation with European partners. Supervising graduate and undergraduate students.
2001 United States Geological Survey, Hydrologist.
Documenting a computer program for the simulation of aquifer system compaction.
1993-1994 Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND), Civil servant.
Public relations campaigns and analyses on tropical rain forests and municipal measures for climate change mitigation.

Professional Functions

2014 - 2015 Co-Chair of the Implementation Plan Working Group of GEO.
since 2014 Delegate in the Copernicus Committee.
2012 - 2014 Chair of the Supersite Coordination Team of the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS).
2011 - 2013 Delegate in the GMES Committee.
2008 - 2011 German Co-Chair of the Science and Technology Committee (STC) of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
2009 - 2011 Delegate in the GMES Partners Board.
2007 - 2009 Delegate in the GMES Advisory Committee.
2006 - 2009 Hydrogeology Journal, Associate Editor.

Project Experience

2006 - 2008 TanDEM-X Mission: Conceptional preparation of the sub-system for deriving the digital elevation product.
2005 - 2008 GMES Terrafirma: Development of an operational service for monitoring urban ground displacements in an international consortium.
2005 SRTM Evaluation: Development of a methodology to optimally merge digital elevations models of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.


1997-2003 Stanford University, Stanford, California
Ph.D. Geophysics (2003): The application of satellite radar interferometry to the study of land subsidence over developed aquifer systems
M.Sc. Geophysics (1999): Separating the surface decorrelation term from the correlation measurement in interferometric data and the use of volume decorrelation effects for inferring vegetation parameters
1994-97 Universität Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Vordiplom Geophysik (1996)
1992 Hardtberg Gymnasium, Bonn, Germany
Abitur (1992), Majors in Mathematics and Physics

Awards and Fellowships

1999-2003 National Aeronautics & Space Administration: Earth System Science Fellowship
2000 American Geophysical Union, Hydrology Section: Outstanding student paper award (Fall Meeting, 1999)
1997-98 Department of Geophysics, Stanford University: Departmental Fellowship
1995-2000 German National Merit Foundation: Fellowship


Selected presentations


Computer skills

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