Forschungsprojekt

Psychogeography

During the last decades, the epidemiological research has given indications that mental diseases including depressions and anxiety disorder can be related to socio-economic, as well as to environmental risk factors. In this project, geodata will be collected and maps showing the potential risk of mental stress in urban environments (urban stress) will be created. The aim is to address the relationship between mental stress and urban characteristics.

In order to address the relationship between mental stress and the urban environment, heterogeneous spatial data has to be collected from a various amount of sources. These include both public and private sources. In addition to that also crowd sourced data will be used. The approach is to first create a homogenous spatial data base that includes relevant socio-economic data (population density, crime statistics, migration- and unemployment ratio etc.) and data regarding the urban environment (noise, air quality, access to public green space, among others). In order to create a homogenous data base, the data from different sources have to be georeferenced, geocoded, transformed, tested for quality and projected in the same coordinate system. Eventually, this will offer a solid database for the study area which incorporates the Rhine-Neckar region, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen in southern Germany.

The relationship between mental stress and the urban environment will thereafter be addressed by correlating questionnaire data with the spatial urban environment data.

Selected Publications:
News
28.11.2022 16:40
OSHDB Version 1.0 Has Arrived

Featured Photo: Ohsome dashboard interface for Heidelberg, Germany. In the words of Confucius, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” As we release OSHDB (OpenStreetMap History Database) Version 1.0, we look back at versions 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, and all the other small improvements to our historical OpenStreetMap database as the [...]

28.11.2022 16:11
Job Opening for Postdoc / Senior Researcher on OpenStreetMap Road Quality Analysis

If you’re on the job market or know someone who is, check out this exciting new opening at GIScience. The offer is included as text below! You are interested in enhancing methods for analyzing & improving OpenStreetMap data? You are an experienced Spatial Data Scientist innovating geoinformatics methods & workflows? You have profound hands-on experience [...]

14.11.2022 20:07
Geography Awareness Week 14.-19.11.2022

Der Klimawandel, Grenz- und Wasserkonflikte stellen enorme Herausforderungen für die aktuelle und kommenden Generationen dar. In all diesen Bereichen und darüber hinaus bietet die Geographie einmalige Chancen, zielgerichtet Lösungen zu erarbeiten. Das Geographische Institut der Universität Heidelberg möchte gemeinsam mit der Fachschaft Geographie, dem HeiGIT(Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology), GeoDACH e.V. und anderen internationalen Partnerorganisationen Aufmerksamkeit auf das Fach Geographie und [...]

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 [...]

04.11.2022 14:56
Time to celebrate! oshdb has reached an object count of >10 billion!

As of 02.11.2022 we have reached objects 10,107,826,483* in our oshdb. As such, we think it is most definitely time to celebrate! *For information on the background this figure, read our Basic guide to OSM data filtering ;) This blog post is all about reaching 10 billion objects in OpenStreetMap. For the database to aggregate such a wonderful [...]

25.10.2022 13:47
Near realtime OpenStreetMap data and stats: OSHDB and ohsome API are now updated hourly

We have exciting ohsome news! As many of you know, past OSHDB updates happened weekly and led to a delay between the data in OpenStreetMap (OSM) and our database. Basically, you had to wait up to a week to see changes in OSM reflected in the OSHDB. From this point forward, that lag is a [...]

24.10.2022 14:18
ohsome Region of the month – Temporal OSM developments in Kyiv

Welcome back to our ohsome region of the month series! In this post, we’ll take a look at the temporal development of highways and added smoothness-information, as well as social facilities and updates on map development for Kyiv. Before we start, if you’re new to the series, make sure to check out previous installments of [...]

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 [...]

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