GIScience - Laser Scanning - LiDAR Research Group - Bernhard Höfle

Bernhard Höfle becomes new Professor for Geoinformatics and 3D Geoprocessing at Heidelberg University

Since April 1st 2017, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle is new full professor for GIScience and 3D Spatial Data Processing at the Institute for Geography, Heidelberg University. In May 2017, he was formally introduced to the scientific [...]  read more

Call for Abstracts “3D-Punktwolken in der Geographie” - Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2017 (Deadline 31. März 2017)

Wir laden alle herzlich dazu ein, einen Vortragsbeitrag (Abstract) zu unserer Fachsitzung “3D-Punktwolken in der Geographie – Erfassung, Analyse und Visualisierung” (LT6-FS4) für den Deutschen Kongress für Geographie am 30.9. – 5.10.2017 in Tübingen einzureichen. Für [...]  read more

DGPF Annual Meeting 2017 - Three presentations from GIScience Heidelberg

At the Annual Meeting 2017 of the DGPF (German Society for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation) GIScience Heidelberg will contribute three talks on 9 March 2017.
  • Citizen Science in Schulen: Entwicklung von 3D-MicroMapping zur Klassifikation von [...]  read more

3rd PhD Colloquium of the DGK Section on Geoinformatics and the DGPF Working Group on Geoinformatics

On 7 March 2017 the 3rd PhD Colloquium of the DGK Section on Geoinformatics and the DGPF Working Group on Geoinformatics took place in Würzburg, Germany - organized by Prof. Jan-Henrik Haunert (Bonn) and Bernhard [...]  read more

Hyperspectral and LiDAR Data Fusion Using Extinction Profiles and Deep Convolutional Neural Network

Our research proposes a novel framework for the fusion of hyperspectral and light detection and ranging-derived rasterized data using extinction profiles (EPs) and deep learning. In order to extract spatial and elevation information from both [...]  read more

Characterizing tufa barrages in relation to channel bed morphology in a small karstic river by airborne LiDAR topo-bathymetry.

Freshwater tufas in karstic environments denote an increasingly studied high-resolution terrestrial paleoclimate archive. Tufa morphology is, among other factors, climate-driven and sedimentary facies models are developed to ascribe present day environmental conditions to constrain sedimentary [...]  read more

Direct derivation of maize plant and crop height from low-cost time-of-flight camera measurements

In agriculture, information about the spatial distribution of crop height is valuable for applications such as biomass and yield estimation, or increasing field work efficiency in terms of fertilizing, applying pesticides, irrigation, etc. Established methods [...]  read more

Call for Abstracts for the 3rd PhD Colloquium of the DGK Section on Geoinformatics and the DGPF Working Group on Geoinformatics

March 7, 2017, in Würzburg prior to the DGPF annual meeting The Section on Geoinformatics (Sektion Geoinformatik) of the German Geodetic Commission (Deutsche Geodätische Kommission, DGK) and the Working Group on Geoinformatics (Arbeitskreis Geoinformatik) of the [...]  read more

Apply now: ISPRS Summer School of Alpine Research 2017: Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain


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Objectives The main goal of the Joint Summer School 2017 is to provide participants with innovative practical and methodological skills to characterise complex terrain and objects using close-, [...]  read more


Beyond 3-D: The New Spectrum of LiDAR Applications for Earth and Ecological Sciences

Capturing and quantifying the world in three dimensions (x,y,z) using light detection and ranging (lidar) technology drives fundamental advances in the Earth and Ecological Sciences (EES). However, additional lidar dimensions offer the possibility to transcend [...]  read more

3D data acquisition in the Ötztal Alps - Exploring 3D GIScience on the “Monster of Rock”

Our students blogged about their field trip experience in the Alps: [...]  read more

Full-Waveform Airborne Laser Scanning in Vegetation Studies—A Review of Point Cloud and Waveform Features for Tree Species Classification

In recent years, small-footprint full-waveform airborne laser scanning has become readily available and established for vegetation studies in the fields of forestry, agriculture and urban studies. Independent of the field of application and the derived [...]  read more

3D-TAIGER Summer School 2016 in Heidelberg

From 5-7 September 2016 the GIScience Heidelberg Group hosted a summer school within the collaboration and exchange project 3D-TAIGER (Multi-Source 3D Geoinformation Extraction for Improved Management of Forest and Natural Hazards – Collaboration between TAIwan [...]  read more

Workshop on Multi-Source 3D Geoinformation Extraction for Improved Management of Forest and Natural Hazards (5 Sep 2016, 9-17h)

Time: Monday, 5 September 2016, 09:00 – 17:00h Venue: Seminar Room 5.104, Im Neuenheimer Feld 205, Mathematikon No fees: Attendance of the scientific program is without costs. Objective and Scope The main objective of this public workshop is to [...]  read more

Using participatory geographic approaches for urban flood risk in Santiago de Chile: Insights from a governance analysis

Studies based on information acquired by participative geographic approaches have sought to cope with emergency situations and disasters such as floods. However, the impact of these approaches to flood risk governance systems in order to [...]  read more

Video online - Multidimensional Perceptibility of Cultural Heritage (MUSIEKE)

The official video of the research project "Multidimensional Perceptibility of Cultural Heritage (MUSIEKE)" has been released and can be watched here: The project MUSIEKE aims at analyzing interrelations between perceptions and experiences of cultural [...]  read more

Impressions from ISPRS Congress 2016 in Prague

Impressions from ISPRS Congress 2016 in Prague can be found here: [...]  read more

Four contributions from GIScience Heidelberg at the ISPRS Congress in Prague

The LiDAR Research Group (LRG) of GIScience Heidelberg is contributing novel approaches for geological outcrop characterization, LiDAR simulation, tree classification as well as education in close-range sensing. You are kindly invited to visit our presentations [...]  read more

Local-scale flood mapping on vegetated floodplains from radiometrically calibrated airborne LiDAR data

Knowledge about the magnitude of localised flooding of riverine areas is crucial for appropriate land management and administration at regional and local levels. However, detection and delineation of localised flooding with remote sensing techniques are [...]  read more

Volunteered Geographic Information in Natural Hazard Analysis: A Systematic Literature Review of Current Approaches with a Focus on Preparedness and Mitigation

Our most recent review published in ISPRS IGJI is dedicated to VGI in natural hazard analysis and current approaches with a focus on preparedness and mitigation. ABSTRACT: With the rise of new technologies, citizens can contribute to [...]  read more

Terrestrial and unmanned aerial system imagery for deriving photogrammetric three-dimensional point clouds and volume models of mass wasting sites

The results of a study dealing with photogrammetric 3D geodata of mass wasting sites conducted at the GIScience were published in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (SPIE): ‘Terrestrial and unmanned aerial system imagery for [...]  read more

Playing Badminton in Heidelberg?

Our TV Heidelberg Badminton Club is now recruiting new players. Check it out in our call flyer [...]  read more

RNZ-Zeitungsflirt 2016 über die Geoinformatik

"Mit Geoinformatik zur knusprigen Pizza Margherita" - so lautet der Beitrag von Helen Sandbrink in der Sonderbeilage "Zeitungsflirt 2016" der Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung (RNZ) vom 10. Mai 2016. Frau Sandbrink beschreibt ihre Sicht auf die Geoinformatik, die [...]  read more

EGU Session: 3D Point Clouds in Geosciences: Capturing, Analysis and Visualization

The session “3D Point Clouds in Geosciences: Capturing, Analysis and Visualization” at the EGU 2016 General Assembly achieved high interest and active participation: the lecture room was fully crowded with peopling standing; intensive and lively [...]  read more

3D Participatory Sensing with Low-Cost Mobile Devices for Crop Height Assessment – A Comparison with Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data

PLoS One features our paper "3D Participatory Sensing with Low-Cost Mobile Devices for Crop Height Assessment – A Comparison with Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data". Abstract The integration of local agricultural knowledge deepens the understanding of complex phenomena [...]  read more

Specialization in Geoinformatics in Master Geography @ Heidelberg

You can now find more information about the specialization in Geoinformatics in the Master of Science “Geography” at the Institue of Geography at Heidelberg University online (in German). Also further information about typical courses in [...]  read more

Simulating an Autonomously Operating Low-Cost Static Terrestrial LiDAR for Multitemporal Maize Crop Height Measurements

In order to optimize agricultural processes, near real-time spatial information about in-field variations, such as crop height development (i.e., changes over time), is indispensable. This development can be captured with a LiDAR system. However, its [...]  read more

International Year of Global Understanding 2016

What is geography? What are geographers doing? Why should I study geography? This radio broadcast in German is answering these questions - also from the perspective of geography at Heidelberg University: SWR2 Broadcast from 2 January [...]  read more

Multi-Source 3D Geoinformation Extraction for Improved Management of Forest and Natural Hazards – Collaboration between TAIwan and GERmany

New DAAD/MOST project will enable intensive exchange between Taiwan and Germany in 2016-17 The main scientific objective of 3D-TAIGER’s exchange and collaborative research is the development of new methods for the automatic extraction of 3D geoinformation [...]  read more

Multi-Source 3D Point Clouds in Geosciences and Environmental Research

The LRG Heidelberg will welcome 2016 with a public talk on "Multi-Source 3D Point Clouds in Geosciences and Environmental Research" in the Computer Science Colloquium of the University of Wuerzburg: Monday, 11 January 2016, 16.15h, [...]  read more

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