Wednesday, January 30, 2019

CopHub.AC - A space hub to foster innovation through the Copernicus Academy

In a 2-days Brussels visit the Salzburg CopHub.AC team had several in-depth discussions on how to best utilize the intended space hub to foster uptake and innovation and exploiting the distributed capacities within the emerging Copernicus Academy network. In dedicated sessions with the Copernicus Support Office and DG Grow, as well as with our Brussel-based project partners EARSC and Evenflow, we were looking into how membership to the Academy could benefit from a peer-to-peer evaluation system and various technical innovation means (knowledge landscape, research briefs 2.0, etc.). These measures shall be demonstrated within the project lifetime to stimulate further engagement and ensuring long-term sustainability of the Copernicus Academy.

Further info on the CopHub.AC project:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Call Open | Q&A Webinar: Copernicus Master in Digital Earth

Copernicus Master in Digital Earth (CDE) is a two year full-time integrated Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Programme. The current application window for outstanding students will close on March 14, 2019.
To support applicants we have scheduled an info & consultation webinar on Wed, Jan 23 from 3 – 5pm CET.

Interested candidates are welcome to explore current call details. An application handbook is guiding throughout the online application process.

EMCDE Programme Office

Friday, January 4, 2019

GeoS4S Modules launched for free and open access worldwide!

The consortium of 'GeoServices-4-Sustainability (GeoS4S)' project is pleased to launch 20 GeoS4S Modules on an ePlatform for free and open access worldwide!

GeoS4S project has been co-funded by the European Commission within ERASMUS+ programme for 3 years from 15 October 2015 to 14 October, 2018. The Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria is project coorditnaor and the GeoS4S consortium includes 9 more universities from Europe (3), China (3) and Thailand (3) as well as 3 associate partners from these regions.

The two major objectives of the GeoS4S project are to develop case study based teaching/learning resources for 20 innovative educational modules and making these available on an ePlatform for free and open access worldwide. Each of the 10 partner institutions is responsible for developing teaching/learning resources of two GeoS4S modules. The modules have been structured to meet international standards incorporating pedagogic elements to support their delivery in classroom based teaching as well as through online distance learning mode. Further attractiveness of the teaching/learning resources lies in the fact that these support self-guided learning process of students through lessons, self-assessed exercises and instructor evaluated assignments.

(Open Access to all the 20 GeoS4S Modules available on GeoS4S Moodle Cloud Platform)

This step marks completion of the activities planned within GeoS4S project and the consortium looks forward to Geospatial education community harnessing the benefits of these resources worldwide! 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Three successfull PhD defenses at Z_GIS

Just before the end of the year 2018 three PhD dissertations have been successfully defended at the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS.

Alfred Wieser investigated in his research “Semiautomatische Qualitätssicherung von hydrografischen Datenin which ways quality assurance of hydrographic sensor data can be automated in order that hydrographic measurement data becomes available?

A workflow for plausibilisation, verification, and classification of sensor measurement data for an entire life cycle was developed. The developed model was verified by means of implementation in a use case of the Hydrographic Service Provider of Carinthia. The application of this model proved that formalized expert knowledge together with existing concepts of error analysis and automation of quality assurance processes significantly increases the availability of verified sensor data.
Alfred is working at the University of Applied Sciences Carinthia.

Olaf Kranz successfully defended his PhD thesis “Earth observation in the context of conflict Earth observation for the assessment of environmental changes related  to conflict situations in Sub-Saharan Africa”. The thesis investigated opportunities and challenges of satellite EO technology for analysing root causes of human-induced crises with respect to natural and/or strategic resources and related conflict situations, and possibly detecting and mapping hot spots.. The published articles specifically focused on (i) monitoring and change assessment in support of foreign and security policy and humanitarian relief, (ii) population monitoring and environmental impact assessment in the vicinity of IDP/refugee camps, regional focus on Sudan, (iii) artisanal and small-scale mining and logging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Olaf is now with the British Embassy, UK Science & Innovation Network.

Fast-growing spatial expansion and merging of urban areas on a global scale generate new forms such as megacities, mega-regions or urban corridors. With populations exceeding tens of millions, extents of hundreds of kilometres as well as international boundaries, these areas pose new challenges to authorities including planning and administration. Isabel Georg examined in her thesis “A multi-source geodata approach to spatially delimit Urban Corridors – Unified concept and Global Analysis” the common usage of the term “urban corridors” and provided a global map. She further developed a method to delineate a sample urban corridor and extended that method to a larger area. Overall, this research provides a framework for a further understanding of the spatial structure of large urban areas based on a spatial analysis of their extent using different input datasets. It will also provide valuable information for urban management and planning institutions.

We wish Alfred, Olaf and Isabel all the best for their future career and endavours!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Stefan Lang presented at the ESA workshop on Earth Observation (ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium)

From Dec 10-14, the Earth Observation Remote Sensing Workshop 2018 of the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Programme, took place at ESEC-Galaxia in Transinne, Belgium. In this 5-days intensive course, 30 selected students from ESA member states received dedicated training on the principles of remote sensing, ESA’s EO satellite missions and issues of data fusion, delivered by experts from academic institutions, industry, and ESA.

Dr Stefan Lang, Z_GIS, held a lecture and practical exercise in the integrative field of “spatial image analysis”. He also shared first-hand experience on future GI/EO related job, user-oriented EO-based services, and the ambition of Copernicus to be (much) more than a data generation system. The investment into our future human capacity in this boosting sector was considered a highly rewarding activity, stimulated by knowledge exchange and mutual discussions.

 Contact: Stefan Lang