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Lemoine Rodriguez


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Office Phone and Email

John Skilton Str. 4a
Room:  01.B.10 
Phone: +49 931 31-81019

Find me on:
Scholar, Researchgate, Twitter, ORCID, Global Land Programme, Linkedin 

Office hours during the summer break 2024

Please contact me in advance to make an appointment.

Research Interests

Research approach

I approach cities as complex socio-ecological systems. My research integrates concepts and state-of-the-art methods from urban ecology, geoinformatics and digital humanities to generate evidence-based knowledge to contribute to making more livable cities. I focus on the spatiotemporal characterization of the physical and social urban dimensions, aiming to unveil complex interconnections and counterintuitive relationships between humans and their main habitat: Cities. My goal is to represent the inherent complexity of urban ecosystems to detect global regularities, as well as the fundamental differences between cities, aiming to find the underlying properties driving their evolution. Cities are as much of a challenge as an opportunity towards sustainability.

Research interests

Urban form, Social perception, Urban big data, Urban heat island, Use of the urban space, Remote sensing, Digital Humanities, Geoinformatics, Urban green spaces, Urban ecosystem services, Intraurban heterogeneity, Urban regularities, Time-series data, Spatial modelling, Landscape ecology, Climate change.

Dr. rer. nat., Institute of Geography, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB; Germany)
Cumulative dissertation: Urban form, urban warming and time. From global regularities to local heterogeneities.

Master in Geography, Environmental Geography Research Center (CIGA)
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Thesis: Conurbations of the city of Morelia, Michoacán, in the period of 1970–2010 and its influence on the sense of belonging to the place of its inhabitants.

Bachelor in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Veracruz (UV; Mexico)
Thesis: Changes in the vegetation cover of the city of Xalapa-Enríquez, Veracruz and surrounding areas during the period of 1950–2010.

Peer-reviewed scientific journal articles

Inostroza, L. and Lemoine-Rodríguez, R. 2024. [In Spanish] Is regulatory protection of the territory empirically detectable? Remote sensing analysis of temperature and vegetation trends in the northern area of Bogota. Investigaciones Geográficas. 113, e60771.

Lemoine-Rodriguez, R., Mast, J., Mühlbauer, M., Mandery, N., Biewer, C. and Taubenböck, H. 2024. The voices of the displaced: Mobility and Twitter conversations of migrants of Ukraine in 2022. Information Processing & Management. 61(3):103670.

Chakraborty, S., Novotný, J., Maity, I., Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., and Follmann, A. 2024. Same planet but different worlds! Diverging convergence pattern of urban form typologies across 413 cities with million+ inhabitants and their sustainability trade-offs. Habitat International. 145, 103024.

Lemoine-Rodriguez, R., García-Arroyo, M., Gómez-Martínez, M., Back, M., Lindeman, T. and MacGregor-Fors, I. 2024. Unveiling urban ecological integrity: spatially explicit assessment in contrasting environments. Urban Ecosystems.

Grudzielanek, M., Lemoine-Rodriguez, R., Glocke, P., Scholz, T and Zepp, Harald. 2023. Cold spots oder hot spots: Thermische Muster und Kaltluftabfluss auf Bergehalden im Ruhrgebiet. Berichte Geographie und Landeskunde. 96(3):189-214.

Ayala-Carrillo, M., Farfán, M., Cárdenas-Nielsen A., and Lemoine-Rodríguez R. 2022. Are Wildfires in the Wildland-Urban Interface Increasing Temperatures? A Land Surface Temperature Assessment in a Semi-Arid Mexican City. Land. 11(12):2105.

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., Inostroza, L., Falfán, I. and MacGregor-Fors, I. 2022. Too hot to handle? On the cooling capacity of urban green spaces in a Neotropical Mexican city. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 74: 127633.

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., Inostroza, L. and Zepp, H. 2022. Does urban climate follow urban form? Analysing intraurban LST trajectories versus urban form trends in 3 cities with different background climates. Science of the Total Environment. 830: 154570.

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., Inostroza, L. and Zepp, H. 2022. Intraurban heterogeneity of space-time land surface temperature trends in six climate-diverse cities. Science of the Total Environment. 804: 150037.

MacGregor-Fors, I., Falfán, I., García-Arroyo, M., Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., Gómez- Martínez, M.A., Marín-Gómez, O.H., Pérez-Maqueo, O. and Equihua, M., 2021. A Novel Approach for the Assessment of Cities through Ecosystem Integrity. Land. 11:3.

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., Inostroza, L. and Zepp, H. 2020. Urban form datasets of 194 cities delineated based on the contiguous urban fabric for 1990 and 2015. Data in Brief. 33: 106369.

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., Inostroza, L. and Zepp, H. 2020. The global homogenization of urban form. An assessment of 194 cities across time. Landscape and Urban Planning. 204: 103949.

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., MacGregor-Fors, I. and Muñoz-Robles, C. 2019. Six decades of urban green change in a neotropical city: a case study of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Urban Ecosystems. 22(3): 609-618.

Mas, J-F., Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., González, R., López-Sánchez, J., Piña-Garduño, A. and Herrera-Flores, E. 2017. Land Use/Land Cover change detection combining automatic processing and visual interpretation. European Journal of Remote Sensing. 50(1): 626-635.

Mas, J-F., Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., González, R., López-Sánchez, J., Piña-Garduño, A. and Herrera-Flores, E. 2017. [In Spanish] Assessment of deforestation rates in Michoacan at detailed scale through a hybrid classification method of SPOT images. Madera y Bosques. 23(2): 119-132.

Mas, J-F., Lemoine-Rodríguez, R. and Taud, H. 2016. Towards a forest monitoring system in near-real time. Investigaciones geográficas. (91):168-175.


Bollo, M., Hernández-Santana, J., Montano, R., Morales, L. M., Ortiz, A., Flores-Diaz, A., Hillon, Y., Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., Bautista, M., Amador, A., Vargas-Mendoza, F., Cuevas, G., Navarrete, J. A., Ramirez-Sánchez, L. G., Muñiz, A., Mendoza, M., Solis, B., Aguirre, R., Sánchez-Calderon, O., Perez-Chacon, A. and Silva, D. 2017. [In Spanish] Environmental status of the Santiago-Guadalajara river basin. UNAM-SEMARNAT- SEMADET. Pp. 161. ISBN 978-607-97786-5-1.

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., Pérez-Vega, A. and Mas, J-F. [In Spanish] Progress in the study of urban heat islands in Latin America. UNAM-Universidad de Guanajato (Editing in progress).

Book chapters

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R. and Barajas A. 2021. Modelos de impresión tridimensional del relieve mediante programas y datos de libre acceso [In Spanish] Printing of three dimensional relief models employing open source data and software. In: Carmona, E. and Cuevas, G. (Eds.), Modelos tridimensionales en la geografía. Elaboración y perspectivas de aplicación. Primera edición, Morelia, Michoacán de Ocampo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental. Pp. 120-145. ISBN 9786073041713. Modelos%20tridimensionales_digital.pdf

Piña-Garduño, A., Mas, J-F. and Lemoine-Rodríguez, R. 2020. Fiabilidad temática de cartografía de cubierta/uso de suelo del estado de Michoacán [In Spanish] Thematic accuracy assessment of the land/use cover cartography of the state of Michoacan. In: Flamenco, A. and Alatorre, L. (Eds.), Innovaciones tecnológicas y metodológicas en el análisis geoespacial– Primera edición, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Pp.115-128. ISBN: 978-607-520-370-6.

Mas, J-F., González, R., Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., López-Sánchez, J., Piña-Garduño, A. and Herrera-Flores, E. 2016. [In Spanish] Subsequent updates of land cover maps combining image segmentation and visual interpretation. In: Alatorre, L. C., Bravo, L. C., Wiebe, L. C., Torres, M. E., Uc, M. I. and Gonzales, M. O. (Eds.), [In spanish] Territorial studies in Mexico: remote sensing and spatial information systems. Pp. 33-47. ISBN 978- 607-520-215-0.


Lemoine-Rodríguez, R. and MacGregor-Fors, I. 2024. [In Spanish] The climatic challenges of Xalapa. Diario de Xalapa (Ciencia y Luz section). Published on April 13 th.

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R., MacGregor-Fors, I. and Muñoz-Robles, C. 2017. [In Spanish] How Green is the city of flowers?. Diario de Xalapa (Ciencia y Luz section). Published on Aug 29th. VERDE-ES-XALAPA-01.pdf

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R. and Mas, J-F. 2016. [In Spanish] Fire damaged 460 ha of the Cerro de la cruz: UNAM. Cambio de MICHOACÁN. (Specials section). Published on May 9th.

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R. 2016. [In Spanish] How has the city of Morelia grown in the last decades? Bulletin UNAM, Morelia campus (students section). Published on Sept 12th.

Developed software

Lemoine-Rodríguez, R. and Mas, J.-F. 2020. LSTtools: An R package to process thermal data derived from Landsat and MODIS images. (Version v0.0.2). Zenodo.

University of Würzburg (2022-)

Spatio-temporal dynamics of urban systems, applied Earth Observation and Geoanalysis of the Living Environment (EAGLE) Master program.

Gesellschaft der spanischen Forscher in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (CERFA/SFBD; 2022)

R for scientific data analysis: An introductory course. Course offered to CERFA/SFBD members.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2019)

GIS-Modelling and Assessment of Ecosystem Services, Master program in Geography.

The College of the Southern Border (ECOSUR; 2017)

Land use/cover change detection employing the hybrid method FOMIX. Course offered to researchers and research assistants from ECOSUR.

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM; 2015-2017)

Surface Urban Heat Island assessment by means of the LSTtools R package. Workshop offered to graduate students, researchers, members of private companies and decision makers from diverse Latin American countries interested on monitoring urban climate change.

Remote Sensing and Image Processing, Master program in Earth Sciences.

Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Bachelor program in Geohistory.

Spatial Modelling, Master program in Comprehensive Landscape Management.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Bachelor program in Geohistory.

Remote sensing, Bachelor program in Geohistory.

Historical Cartography, Bachelor program in Geohistory.

University of Veracruz (2013)

Use of ARCGIS 10 basic tools, Bachelor program in Biology.

Global Land Programme (GLP)
Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP)
Young Ecosystem Services Specialist (YESS)
Society for Urban Ecology (SURE)
Responsible Research and Innovation Networked Globally (RRING)
Sociedad Latinoamericana en Percepción Remota y Sistemas de Información Espacial (SELPER)
International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC)