Fritz Steffen, born 11 June, 1968, in the city of Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Graduated from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Faculty of Science, with an undergraduate degree in Physics and Geography, in the town of Tübingen, Germany (1995), Durham University, Department of Earth Sciences, with MSc in Geoinformatics, in the city of Durham, England, UK (1996). Thereafter, he was awarded a PhD scholarship by the the University of Leeds, Faculty of Environment, School of Geography, in the city of Leeds, England, UK, where he completed his PhD on how to map perceptions of wild land (2001). Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Joint Research Centre in the town of Ispra, Italy (2001). Leader for the Earth Observation Systems (EOS) Group, PI of the European Research Council (ERC) funded Consolidator Grant research project «Crowdland» that assesses the potential of using crowdsourcing to improve the data on land cover, land use and change, Senior Research Scholar for the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in the city of Laxenburg, Austria. The research interests in the Earth observation, citizen science, crowdsourcing, volunteered geographical information, food security, land-use science, global and regional vegetation monitoring, crop yield and crop acreage estimations of agricultural crops, serious gaming, gamification, in-situ data collection of land-use and land cover via mobile technologies and crowdsourcing, and the potential of using crowdsourcing in developing countries. Author and co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers.
Total Scopus citations – 2041; Scopus Hirsh Index – 30.