Thursday, December 8, 2011
Z_GIS has been invited to organise a key seminar on 'Realtime Geoinformatics - Live Geography' and Prof. Josef Strobl (Director of Z_GIS) serves as the chair of this seminar. It will bring together industry leaders like Prof. Henk Scholten (CEO, Geodan, the Netherlands), Prof. Euro Beinat (VP, Location Solutions, Zebra Technologies, USA), Steven Ramage (Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, OGC) and many more.
As the premium global geospatial industry event, Geospatial World Forum will attract stakeholders, service providers, policy makers as well as end users to a common platform for debate, interaction and global networking.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Antonia Osberger is a recipient of a DOC-fFORTE-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Science for a period of three years. Her dissertation project has the topic: "Object-based image analysis for monitoring the impact of natural stressors in Alpine forest habitats".
The fellowship is financed by the Federal Ministry for Science and Research within the initiative “Women in Research and Technology – fFORTE”. The purpose of the programme is to enable young, excellent female doctoral candidates from the natural and life sciences, from mathematics, medicine and technical sciences to carry out their dissertation project.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Linking Geovisualization, Society & Learning
- Advanced visualization and cartography
- Visual analytics
- Spatial information & society
- Critical GIS / cartography
- Education for Spatial Citizenship
- Spatial thinking in education
- Spatial Data Infrastructures for education
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The second GIScience faculty development workshop on ‘Integrating Spatial Reasoning in Interdisciplinary Research and Education’ started on November 4th and was concluded on Nov 8th. During the inaugural function, Dr. Ranjit Singh Rey representing the Dean of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines (UP) highlighted the relevance of GIScience and technologies and congratulated the organisers for inviting 22 participants from leading universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.
Dr. Darlene Occena-Gutierrez, Head of Geography department, UP welcomed the participants and expressed immense pleasure and responsibility in hosting the workshop. Prof. Josef Strobl (Director, Z_GIS) delivered lectures on advanced spatial concepts and analytical methods and Dr. Shahnawaz (Z_GIS) guided the participants as how to integrate spatial reasoning and analysis in practical projects founded in a broad range of disciplines like Geography, Public Health, Economic Planning, Forestry, Environmental History, Anthropology etc.
The closing ceremony was chaired by Dr. Cristine DLR. Villagonzalo, Director, Extension Coordination office, UP. She witnessed the work of the participants through their presentations and distributed the certificates of successful completion to them.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Further Austrian partners contributed to the final Alp-Water-Scarce results. The Federal Institute for Agricultural Economics (AWI) reported on pan-alpine water scarcity impacts resulting from agricultural business while the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) was in charge of analyzing the impacts on water quality. The Federal Government of Styria was in charge of work package 5 "Water System Characterisation" while the Federal Government in Carinthia with its sub-contractors Joanneum Research, the Environmental Bureau Klagenfurt, and the Carinthian Lake Research institute was contributing to the Austrian/(Slovenian) pilot sites.
Monday, October 3, 2011
In the framework of the eContentplus programme (now called ICT PSP) the GS Soil project opened the GS Soil Portal for retrieval of seamlessly available soil data across Europe. The first testing phase has been successfully finished. Presently we are looking for volunteers further testing of the portal functionalities. We are also inviting all data providers to join our efforts towards a comprehensive soil portal, making soil datasets seamlessly searchable across Europe. In case you are interested please do not hesitate to contact the project coordinator Katharina Feiden.
In the framework of an Interreg IVa project LIDAR datasets have been recorded in the Austrian-Bavarian border region (Salzburg, Tyrol, and Berchtesgaden). The pre-processed LIDAR data result in Digital Surface Models (DSM) and Digital Terrain Models (DTM) from which vegetation heights as normalized canopy height model (nCHM) have been extracted by using Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA) techniques.
The objective is to calculate vegetation based shadow areas for different time periods. This will be an input parameter for the evaluation of existing and planned alpine skiing slopes. In cooperation with the Centre for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) a Snow Height Index (SHI) will be developed and spatially explicit represented for past, present and future snow heights at different years and times.
Duration: 04/2008 - 12/2011 (45 month)
Total Budget: 2 mio EUR
Monday, September 5, 2011
Besides covering IAMG core topics like geostatistics, reservoir modeling, 3D modeling or geo-process simulation, IAMG 2011 contributions address applied mathematical geosciences issues with a specific reference to alpine regions: simulation and modeling in hydrogeology and engineering geology as well as geohazard modeling.
The broad thematic range of IAMG 2011 is organized in 22 sessions with a total of 164 peer-reviewed contributions, which are available as open-access publications on www.iamg2011.at.
Robert Marschallinger & Fritz Zobl, ÖAW-GIScience
Monday, August 29, 2011
The project on "Capitalising Climate Change Knowledge for Adaptation in the Alpine Space" (C3-Alps) will synthesize, transfer, visualise and implement policy and practice results of previous Alpine Space climate change adaptation projects. The capitalisation approach aims at generating new and directly usable forms of state-of-the-art synthesis adaptation knowledge in the Alps. Harmonised findings and datasets across disciplinary sectors are made available for transparent and effective implementation of adaptation measures by decision-makers.
Effective, efficient and tailor-made communication and transfer of climate change impact findings are ensured to target groups in order to support governance frameworks and initiate cross-cutting adaptation processes, strategies, action plans and decision support in pilot regions and municipalities. To leverage sustainable impacts, the project will be driven by the information and user needs of target groups. By supporting bottom-up action. C3-Alps will contribute to implementation of national adaptation policies on regional and municipal levels and to advancement of national adaptation strategies.
Z_GIS will be active in spatially explicit decision support by collecting and synthesizing spatial datasets in a one-stop-shop Alpine portal.
Duration: 01/2012 - 12/2014 (36 month)
Total Budget: 3,1 mio EUR
Thursday, August 25, 2011
By 2017, the outputs from the research programme will be used nationally by stakeholders such as a regional authorities and will lead to better understanding of key aquifer systems. By 2020, national adoption of outputs from the research programme will have led to a demonstrable improvement in the management of groundwater and interconnected surface water systems.
Z_GIS will set-up an operational Sensor Observation Service in order to validate remote sensing applications done by partner institutions. Based on a harmonized Spatial Data Infrastructure of hydrological datasets a 3D WebGIS will be set-up and operating as a Decision Support System for New Zealand's stakeholders which a part of the project.
Duration: 07/2011 - 06/2017 (72 month)
Total Budget: 8,8 mio NZ$ (5,0 mio EUR)