Bettina Knorr
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
Postal Address
Heidelberg University
Prof. Bernhard Höfle
Institute of Geography
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg

3D Geospatial Data Processing Group

3D Geospatial Data Processing (3DGeo) Research Group

3DGeo-Logo       IWR – Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing      

We investigate and develop computational methods for the geographic analysis of 3D/4D point clouds. Our datasets are acquired by cutting-edge Earth observation technology (e.g. laser scanning/LiDAR, photogrammetry/SfM and SAR). We aim at increasing the understanding of geographic phenomena by observing and analyzing them in full 3D, in near real-time with high spatial and temporal resolution. Our methods can be applied to study physical processes (e.g. geomorphology), anthropogenic landscapes (e.g. emission reduction) and inherent human-environmental interactions (e.g. natural hazards, forestry and agriculture). Our research sites are spread all over the world: we perform in-situ 3D measurements, code in the lab and simulate Earth observation with our own open source software for virtual laser scanning.

Here, you can find our research projects, publications, videos, and open source code & data.

We love both programming and field work!

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07.11.2022 10:30
Open Data: Multi-platform point clouds and orthophotos of the inland dune in Sandhausen

The commune Sandhausen (Baden-Württemberg) got its name from the inland dune, which is located in the area of the village. In 2021 and 2022, the 3DGeo group of Heidelberg University conducted UAV-based and ground-based surveys of three areas of the inland dune of Sandhausen to acquire 3D point clouds and orthophotos. The dataset is freely and [...]

13.10.2022 19:47
Improved Performance of HELIOS++ using High Performance Computing Techniques

The software HELIOS++ simulates the laser scanning of a given virtual scene that can be composed of different spatial primitives and 3D meshes with distinct granularity. The high computational cost of this type of simulation software demands efficient computational solutions. Classical solutions based on GPU are not well suited when irregular geometries compose the scene [...]

07.10.2022 11:00
New(s) story about Sensing Mountains Summer School 2022

The fourth edition of the Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research took place in September 2022, finally back in the lovely mountain landscape of the Ötztal valley in Tyrol, Austria. Once again, 40 participants - young researchers from all over the world - gathered in Obergurgl to learn and exchange about new concepts and solutions [...]

30.09.2022 13:57
New paper: Capturing complex star dune dynamics – repeated highly accurate surveys combining multitemporal 3D topographic measurements and local wind data

Morphologies of highly complex star dunes are the result of aeolian dynamics in past and present times. These dynamics reflect climatic conditions and associated forces like sediment availability and vegetation cover, as well as feedbacks with adjacent environments. However, an understanding of aeolian dynamics on star dune morphometries is still lacking sufficient detail, and [...]

17.08.2022 17:44
Continued multisource 3D point cloud acquisition at the AHK rock glacier

While the impacts of global warming and current heat waves on glaciated areas have been in the focus of media reporting in recent weeks, also the dynamics of rock glaciers as part of the periglacial environment are strongly affected by changing climate. Rock glaciers are creep phenomena of mountain permafrost and an integral part of [...]

05.07.2022 16:22
Data description paper: Individual tree point clouds and tree measurements from multi-platform laser scanning in German forests

New data description paper on our tree point cloud dataset was just published Today, our data description paper was published in the open access Journal Earth System Science Data: Weiser, H., Schäfer, J., Winiwarter, L., Krašovec, N., Fassnacht, F. E., and Höfle, B. (2022): Individual tree point clouds and tree measurements from multi-platform laser scanning [...]

17.06.2022 16:34
3DGeo contributions to ISPRS Congress 2022 now online

From 5 June - 11 June 2022 the ISPRS Congress took place in Nice, France. The 3DGeo research group had three paper contributions which can now be found online: (1) Virtual Laser Scanning of Dynamic Scenes Created From Real 4D Topographic Point Cloud Data. Find all details in the video (link) and paper and check the related [...]

28.04.2022 18:36
New Paper and Data: 4D Point Clouds of a Beach-Dune System

A new data article on “A high-resolution 4D terrestrial laser scan dataset of the Kijkduin beach-dune system, The Netherlands” was just published in Scientific Data. Along with the fully openly available dataset, the article presents insights into the importance of frequent and spatially detailed surface measurements - and what to do with them. Get directly to [...]

27.04.2022 15:38
Praktikum Scientific Software Development

Die 3DGeo Forschungsgruppe (https://uni-heidelberg.de/3dgeo) der Abteilung Geoinformatik an der Universität Heidelberg sucht eine qualifizierte und motivierte Person für ein Praktikum als Scientific Software Developer*in (w/m/d) für einen Zeitraum von 3 bis 6 Monaten als stud./wiss. Hilfskraft. Im Anschluss besteht generell die Möglichkeit der Verlängerung oder die Bewerbung auf eine Stelle als wiss. Mitarbeiter*in (w/m/d). Die 3DGeo-Forschung [...]

05.04.2022 15:58
Preview of 3DGeo @ EGU 2022 - Meet us there

The 3DGeo Research Group will present some of their latest research at EGU General Assembly 2022. We are looking forward to meet you at the following talks: Virtual Laser Scanning using HELIOS++ - Applications in Machine Learning and Forestry: The presentation provides an introduction to VLS, possible use cases, pitfalls and best practices for successful application of [...]

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