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Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle
Institute of Geography
3DGeo Research Group
Heidelberg University
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
hoefle@uni-heidelberg.de
Phone: +49 6221 54-5594
Fax: +49 6221 54-4996
 

3D Geospatial Data Processing Group

LIDAR

3D Geospatial Data Processing (3DGeo) Research Group

IWR – Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing       HCE – Heidelberg Center for the Environment

We investigate the extraction of geoinformation from 3D/4D geodata (predominantly point clouds), which were acquired with cutting-edge Earth observation technology (e.g. 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry and SAR). Emphasis is put on the exploitation of multitemporal geographic 3D data, which enables near real-time 3D/4D mapping and observation. A major focus lies on the development of computational methods for 3D/4D geospatial data processing and analysis by making use of the full sensor data streams (e.g. LiDAR backscatter). It is aimed at increasing the understanding of geographical phenomena. Our methods and tools are applied to multi- and interdisciplinary research questions in the broad field of Digital and Computational Environmental Sciences. This covers landscapes dominated by physical processes (e.g. geomorphology), man-made landscapes (e.g. renewable energies) and strong human-environmental interactions (e.g. agriculture, natural hazards, health and geoarchaeology). Our research sites are spread all over the world: we perform in-situ measurements, program in the lab and simulate Earth observation in virtual environments.

Please check our recent publications, latest talks and running research projects for further details. If you are interested in joining the 3DGeo Group as a student assistant, intern, PhD student or senior researcher, please check our latest job postings.

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16.10.2018 12:30
HeidelErg - live from the Erg Chebbi in Morocco (#6): Exploring physical geography and 3D GIScience in an aeolian sand dune field.

Yesterday, the practical field trip in the Erg Chebbi ended and the majority of the group arrived safely in Heidelberg. Another part of the group and the equipment are still on their way back via car and ferry. After several days in the field, we are already very excited to start working on the large amount [...]

14.10.2018 11:00
HeidelErg - live from the Erg Chebbi in Morocco (#5): Exploring physical geography and 3D GIScience in an aeolian sand dune field.

On Thursday and Friday our group went further into the Erg in order to extend measurements from the last years on a large star dune arm and then spent one night in a dune camp. Yesterday was the last day of field work in the Erg.The TLS group completed the data acquisition on a star dune and [...]

11.10.2018 10:30
HeidelErg - live from the Erg Chebbi in Morocco (#4): Exploring physical geography and 3D GIScience in an aeolian sand dune field.

During the last three days of field work we not only acquired a lot of data at different sites in the Erg Chebbi. We also experienced various weather conditions including two sand storms, rain and sunny and hot days. Yesterday, one group measured ground control points for satellite and photogrammetric point cloud data with an RTK [...]

09.10.2018 11:00
HeidelErg - live from the Erg Chebbi in Morocco (#3): Exploring physical geography and 3D GIScience in an aeolian sand dune field.

Data acquisition in the Erg Chebbi has now started. In different groups several measurement techniques (drilling, electrical resistivity tomography, ground penetrating radar, sediment analysis, RTK GNSS, terrestrial laser scanning) were applied. Find some impressions in the pictures below.

06.10.2018 18:15
HeidelErg - live from the Erg Chebbi in Morocco (#2): Exploring physical geography and 3D GIScience in an aeolian sand dune field.

After the participants of the practical field training had arrived in Fès yesterday and spent the evening there, the group is now on the way to the Erg Chebbi east of the Anti-Atlas mountains. Thereby, the group passes various gemorphologic landscape units including the Western Meseta, Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountains. Moreover, we crossed [...]

04.10.2018 11:00
HeidelErg - live from the Erg Chebbi in Morocco (#1): Exploring physical geography and 3D GIScience in an aeolian sand dune field.

As part of the practical field training and the small research group “Erg Chebbi”, 16 students will explore physical geography and 3D GIScience in an impressive aeolian sand dune environment in Morocco from 5 October to 15 October. The Erg Chebbi is one of the smallest Ergs in the Sahara and is situated within the [...]

02.10.2018 12:39
Open access publication of airborne laser scanning data of Arctic permafrost region

Airborne laser scanning (ALS) data of the Arctic permafrost research region Trail Valley Creek (TVC) has just been published for open access on the data library PANGAEA: Anders, Katharina; Antonova, Sofia; Boike, Julia; Gehrmann, Martin; Hartmann, Jörg; Helm, Veit; Höfle, Bernhard; Marsh, Philip; Marx, Sabrina; Sachs, Torsten (2018): Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) Point Clouds of Trail [...]

27.09.2018 17:54
3DGeo@Santiago de Compostela: Public CiTiUS lecture on Youtube available

If you missed the live stream, you can simply watch the lecture “Big Point Clouds == Deep Information? Current Progress in Geospatial 3D/4D Point Cloud Analysis” on the CiTiUS Youtube Channel, University of Santiago de Compostela, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wb4ozyTGVg

25.09.2018 10:00
Big Point Clouds == Deep Information? Current Progress in Geospatial 3D/4D Point Cloud Analysis

The Centro Singular de Investigación en Tecnoloxías da Información - CiTIUS of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Prof. Rivera) is hosting a workshop on 27 September 2018, which is dedicated to the current research progress in LiDAR data analysis and shall bring together academic research and industry. Prof. Bernhard Höfle, head of the 3DGeo [...]

11.09.2018 09:00
Capturing Flood Risk Perception via Sketch Maps

The flood risk perception of people living in areas at risk can be a valuable source of information for mitigation and preparedness within disaster management. We apply a method based on sketch maps and questionnaires to capture this flood risk perception during case studies in Santiago de Chile. Results of our study can be found [...]

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