Thursday, July 18, 2019

Success Story of the Doctoral College@Z_GIS

Dr. Pablo Cabrera-Barona has been selected as Full Professor at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO), one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America and the Caribbean dedicated to research, teaching and spreading of social sciences. 

Pablo has graduated from the Doctoral College in GIScience@Z_GIS in 2017 with a dissertation on Multidisciplinary Spatial Frameworks for Health Inequalities Analysis with Emphasis on Deprivation and Healthcare Accessibility

He will be performing his full professorship at the Department of Public Affairs in the Programmes of Urban Studies and of Climate Change.

Congratulations and all the best for his academic career!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

EO Summit – Trends, Curricula, Skills Strategy for the EO*GI Sector


The EO Summit has been held together with the OGC Technical Committee Meeting in Leuven, Belgium between June 25 and June 27, 2019. The EO Summit was a dissemination event of the EO4GEO project, organized by KU Leuven. Three main topics have been in the center of discussion:

•    technological trends and the potential of a trends watch,
•    curriculum design rooted in work processes,
•    the space/geospatial sector skills strategy.

As Z_GIS leads the activities related to curriculum design, the provision of input for the discussions around this topic was in the hands of Z_GIS team members: Barbara Hofer, Jochen Albrecht and Florian Albrecht. Curriculum development in the EO4GEO project builds on illustrations of work processes that name performed tasks and involved stakeholders. From these illustrations, key occupational profiles are derived that require modest or comprehensive skills and competencies linked to the EO*GI domain. Curricula – for various qualification levels and for various forms of training – can then be designed taking the requirements of job profiles into consideration. Jochen Albrecht emphasized the potential for organizations of making work processes explicit as this may provide insights on the efficient use of resources. Florian Albrecht talked the audience through the specific work process example of landslide mapping.

In a break-out session, participants discussed work processes that EO4GEO should focus on with specific emphasis on the sub-sectors of the project: climate change, smart cities, integrated applications.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

E2mC ::: Final Review and Social Media based Hot Spot Maps


E2mC Final Review: Social Media Real-time Hot Spot Maps of Natural Disasters and their Applications

The final review meeting of the Evolution of Emergency Copernicus services (E2mC) project together with the last E2mC user workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 14 June 2019. The presented use cases by the E2mC consortium to the project officers led to discussions about the concrete exploitation of the impressive results – for instance, an integration into the existing Emergency Management Service (EMS). Additionally, the following user workshop showed the interest of a wide variety of stakeholders from different ecosystems (humanitarian, satellite mapping, or emergency management) in the project.

Particularly the real-time use cases Hurricane Michael and Florence showed the potential of the various modules of the new “Witness” component created in the E2mC project. For example, the social media based geospatial-semantic analysis module developed by the team of University of Salzburg produced hot spot maps within a day after the landfall of the hurricanes (s. figure below), supporting emergency services to delineate the affected areas. During hurricane Florence the team created further hot spot maps that show the temporal development of the disaster, allowing for more accurate predictions.

Due to its modular nature, the Witness component can be integrated into Copernicus EMS but also in other systems that monitor events for humanitarian aid.