Dr. Kaspar Hurni

Senior Research Scientist

Sustainability Governance Cluster

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Postal Address
Dr. Kaspar Hurni
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Remote Sensing: Pre-processing of remote sensing imagery, automatization of processing workflows, time-series analysis, LCLUC classification
  • GIS: Geospatial data processing and management, spatial analyses and modelling (e.g. crop suitability, soil erosion/degradation)


Field experience

Laos, Ethiopia, Kenya


German, French, English, Spanish

Jump to: 2018 | 2017 | 2015 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009


Fox, Jefferson; Nghiem, Tuyen; Kimkong, Ham; Hurni, Kaspar; Baird, Ian G. (2018). Large-scale land concessions, migration, and land use: The paradox of industrial estates in the Red River Delta of Vietnam and rubber plantations of Northeast Cambodia. Land, 7(2), p. 77. MDPI 10.3390/land7020077

Kassawmar Nigussie, Tibebu; Eckert, Sandra; Hurni, Kaspar; Zeleke, Gete; Hurni, Hans (2018). Reducing landscape heterogeneity for improved land use and land cover (LULC) classification across the large and complex Ethiopian Highlands. Geocarto international, 33(1), pp. 53-69. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/10106049.2016.1222637

Hurni, Kaspar; Fox, Jefferson (2018). The expansion of tree-based boom crops in mainland Southeast Asia: 2001 to 2014. Journal of land use science, 13(1-2), pp. 198-219. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/1747423X.2018.1499830


Mekuriaw, Asnake; Heinimann, Andreas; Hurni, Hans; Hurni, Kaspar (2017). An automated method for mapping physical soil and water conservation structures on cultivated land using GIS and remote sensing techniques. Journal of geographical sciences, 27(1), pp. 79-94. Springer 10.1007/s11442-017-1365-9

Hurni, Kaspar; Schneider, Annemarie; Heinimann, Andreas; Nong, Duong; Fox, Jefferson (2017). Mapping the Expansion of Boom Crops in Mainland Southeast Asia Using Dense Time Stacks of Landsat Data. Remote sensing, 9(4), p. 320. Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/rs9040320

Heinimann, Andreas; Mertz, Ole; Frolking, Steve; Egelund Christensen, Andreas; Hurni, Kaspar; Sedano, Fernando; Parsons Chini, Louise; Sahajpal, Ritvik; Hansen, Matthew; Hurtt, George (2017). A global view of shifting cultivation: Recent, current, and future extent. PLoS ONE, 12(9), e0184479. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0184479

Subhatu, Alemtsehay Teklay; Lemann, Tatenda; Hurni, Kaspar; Portner, Brigitte; Kassawmar, Tibebu; Zeleke, Gete; Hurni, Hans (2017). Deposition of eroded soil on terraced croplands in Minchet catchment, Ethiopian Highlands. International soil and water conservation research, 5(3), pp. 212-220. Elsevier 10.1016/j.iswcr.2017.05.008


Hurni, Kaspar; Zeleke, Gete; Kassie, Menale; Tegegne, Berhan; Kassawmar, Tibebu; Teferi, Ermias; Moges, Aderajew; Tadesse, Deme; Ahmed, Mohamed; Degu, Yohannes; Kebebew, Zeleke; Hodel, Elias; Amdihun, Ahmed; Mekuriaw, Asnake; Debele, Berhanu; Deichert, Georg; Hurni, Hans (eds.) (2015). Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Ethiopia Case Study: Soil degradation and sustainable land management in the rainfed agricultural areas of Ethiopia: An assessment of the economic implications. Bonn, Deutschland: Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC); Centre for Development and Environment (CDE); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Hurni, Kaspar; Hett, Corelia; Epprecht, Michael; Messerli, Peter; Heinimann, Andreas (2013). A Texture-based land cover classification for the delineation of a shifting cultivation landscape in the Lao PDR using landscape metrics. Remote sensing, 5(7), pp. 3377-3396. Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/rs5073377

Hurni, Kaspar; Hett, Cornelia; Heinimann, Andreas; Messerli, Peter; Wiesmann, Urs (2013). Dynamics of Shifting Cultivation Landscapes in Northern Lao PDR Between 2000 and 2009 Based on an Analysis of MODIS Time Series and Landsat Images. Human ecology, 41(1), pp. 21-36. New-York, NY: Springer US; http://www.springer-ny.com 10.1007/s10745-012-9551-y

Heinimann, Andreas; Hett, Cornelia; Hurni, Kaspar; Messerli, Peter; Epprecht, Michael; Jørgensen, Lars; Breu, Thomas Michael (2013). Socio-Economic Perspectives on Shifting Cultivation Landscapes in Northern Laos. Human ecology, 41(1), pp. 51-62. Springer US; http://www.springer-ny.com 10.1007/s10745-013-9564-1


Heinimann, Andreas; Hurni, Kaspar; Hett, Cornelia; Epprecht, Michael; Schönweger, Oliver (2012). Multiple claims to land resources in the Lao PDR: Issues of lacking cross-sectoral spatial planning. In: International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD). Research for Global Transformation. Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Hurni, Kaspar (2012). Detecting landscapes dominated by shifting cultivation at different scales in the Lao PDR. In: International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD). Research for Global Transformation. Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Zeleke, Gete; Kassawmar, Tibebu; Assfaw, Woldie; Heinimann, Andreas; Hurni, Kaspar; Hurni, Hans; Debele, Berhanu (2012). The changing environment: Spatiotemporal analysis of landscape transformation along major development axes in Ethiopia. In: International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD). Research for Global Transformation. Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Hett, Cornelia; Heinimann, Andreas; Epprecht, Michael; Messerli, Peter; Hurni, Kaspar (2012). Carbon pools and poverty peaks in Lao PDR. Mountain Research and Development, 32(4), pp. 390-399. Boulder, Colo.: International Mountain Society 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-12-00065.1


Hett, Cornelia; Hurni, Kaspar; Heinimann, Andreas; Mueller, Daniel (2010). Assessing landscape changes in Laos using MODIS Enhanced Vegetation Index (Unpublished). In: Integrated Training and Capitalising on Experience (ITC). Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 01.09.-12.09.2010.


Messerli, Peter; Heinimann, Andreas; Epprecht, Michael; Hurni, Kaspar (2009). The poverty-environment nexus in the Lao PDR: spatial patterns of development contexts from a meso-scale perspective. In: Vulnerability of Land Systems in Asia: The Global Land Project Workshop of IHDP. Beijing, China. 15.06.-17.06.2009.