3D Geospatial Data Processing Group
3D Geospatial Data Processing (3DGeo) Research Group
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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Did you ever consider planning and testing your LiDAR campaign in a computer simulation? Would you like a flexible means to generate 3D point cloud data for developing or testing methods? This is easily possible with the laser scanning simulation framework HELIOS (Heidelberg LiDAR Operations Simulator). There have been major new developments since the first version [...]
In our most recent 3DGeo publication, colleagues from KU Leuven together with us developed a new method to extract drainage ditches from LiDAR point clouds in a fully automatic process. Ditches are often absent in hydrographic geodatasets and their mapping would benefit from a cost and labor effective alternative to field surveys. We propose [...]
The deadline for registration for our Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2019 is approaching (30 November 2018). If you want to learn most recent close-range sensing technology from leading experts in an amazing environment and venue, the Ötztal Alps in Austria, you should definitely consider to apply for participation. All details regarding learning objectives, keynote [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]