Helena Bergstedt

Email: helena.bergstedt(at)sbg.ac.at, Phone: +43 662 8044 7590

PhD topic: Linking microwave signals to geomorphological process domains

Helena Bergstedt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geoecology (Earth System Science) from Technical University Freiberg and a Master’s degree in Geography from Freie Universität Berlin. Her past fields of research include remote sensing of vegetation, and hydrology; hydrological modelling; environmental risk assessment; and soil science. 

During her Master’s studies, Helena worked as a teaching assistant in the working group Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics at the institute of Geographical Sciences at the FU Berlin.  In her Master’s Thesis she worked with remote sensing data to assess the Leaf Area Index of short rotation coppice in North-Eastern Germany. Before joining the DK, she was a guest researcher at Alterra (Wageningen University and Research Center) in the working group of environmental risk assessment where she worked on finding a modelling approach for bioturbation in surface water. 

Since October 2015, Helena is a PhD student in the Doctoral College GIScience at the University of Salzburg. Her research focuses on permafrost environments and seasonal frost effects in the Alps and Finnish Lapland. She uses active microwave remote sensing sensors like ASCAT and Sentinel-1 to investigate freeze-thaw transitions of the ground service, combining the satellite data with in situ measurements.