School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Gerald Blasch

Research Associate


I am a Research Associate with focus on Digital Soil Mapping and Precision Agriculture in the Integrated Agriculture Production Research Group. I have extensive work and research experience in the application of GIS and Remote Sensing for soils, crop yield, agriculture, and contaminated sites as well as for multi-parameter environmental monitoring and landscape analysis.

I graduated with a Diploma university degree in Geography from University of Regensburg (Germany) with focus on Physical Geography, Soil Science, Landscape Ecology and Statistics. My PhD studies at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam and University of Technology Berlin (both Germany) addressed the potential of soil reflectance pattern using satellite time series for soil mapping, organic matter estimation and precision agriculture in Germany. My current project at Newcastle University involves investigating the applicability and transferability of the Multitemporal Soil Pattern Analysis (MSPA) method to different geographical regions in China (PNMiC, PAFiC projects) and the UK (NU farms).

My Google Scholar page can be found here


Higher education (Diploma degree) in Geography
 - University of Regensburg, Germany (2007)
PhD "Multitemporal Soil Pattern Analysis for Organic Matter Estimation at Croplands using Multispectral Satellite Data"
  - University of Technology Berlin, Germany (submitted 10/2015; viva 05/2017)

Previous Work and Research Positions:

GIS consultant in management of waste and contaminated sites (SISCO)
 - German Agency of International Cooperation (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany and Mexican Federal Ministry of Environment
   and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico City, Mexico (2007-2009)

Research Assistant (Project Coordination) in floodplain monitoring (MONDAU)
 - Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and Floodplain Institue Neuburg, Germany (2009-2012)
Research Assistant in agricultural and environmental monitoring (TERENO)
 - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam, Germany (2011-2012)
Research Assistant in remote sensing applications for precision agriculture (TERENO)
 - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam, Germany (2013-2015)


Research Interests

- Precision agriculture and site-specific management

- Digital soil mapping/modelling

- Crop yield modelling/mapping

- Grain protein sensing

- Climate/ecosystems interactions, monitoring and land use change

- Remote sensing, image analysis and Geographic Information Systems


  • Blasch G, Taylor JA. Multi-temporal Yield Pattern Analysis – Adaption of Pattern Recognition to Agronomic Data. In: 14th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. 2018, Montreal, Canada. Submitted.
  • RodriguesJr FA, Blasch G, Defourny P, Ortiz-Monasterio JI, Schulthess U, Zarco-Tejada PJ, Taylor JA, Gérard B. Multi-temporal and spectral analysis of high-resolution hyperspectral imagery for precision agriculture: Assessment of wheat grain yield and grain protein content. Remote Sensing 2018. Submitted.
  • Blasch G, Spengler D, Itzerott S, Hierold W, Sommer M, Wessolek G. Transferability of the Multitemporal Soil Pattern Analysis Method and Regional Prediction Models to Estimate Soil Organic Matter at Croplands using RapidEye Imagery. Journal of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Science 2018. Submitted.
  • Blasch G, Spengler D, Itzerott I, Wessolek G. Organic Matter Modelling at the Landscape Scale Based on Multitemporal Soil Pattern Analysis using RapidEye Data. Remote Sensing 2015, 7(9), 11125-11150.
  • Blasch G, Spengler D, Hohmann Ch, Neumann C, Itzerott I, Kaufmann H. Multitemporal soil pattern analysis with multispectral remote sensing data at the field-scale. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 2015, 113, 1-13.
  • Stammel B, Cyffka B, Geist J, Mueller M, Pander J, Blasch G, Fischer P, Gruppe A, Haas F, Kilg M, Lang P, Schopf R, Schwab A, Utschik H, Weissbrod M. Floodplain restoration on the Upper Danube (Germany) by re-establishing back water and sediment dynamics: a scientific monitoring as part of the implementation. River systems 2011, 20, 55-70.
  • Heinrich I, Balanzategui D, Bens O, Blasch G, Blume T, Boettcher F, Borg E, Brademann B, Brauer A, Conrad C, Dietze E, Draeger N, Fiener P, Gerke HH, Guentner A, Heine I, Helle G, Herbrich M, Heupel K, Heussner KU, Hohmann C, Itzerott S, Kaiser K, Kappler C, Koebsch F, Liebner S, Lischeid G, Merz B, Missling KD, Morgner M, Pinkerneil S, Plessen B, Raab T, Ruhtz T, Sachs T, Sommer M, Spengler D, Stender V, Stueve P, Wilken F. Integrating time scales: Interdisciplinary geo-ecological research in the Northeast German Lowland Observatory (TERENO-NE). Vadose Zone Journal 2018. Submitted.