These are some projects I am (or have been) involved in:

GMES4Mining – GMES-based Geoservices for Mining Areas in Support of Processes in Prospection, Exploration and Monitoring for Environmental Protection and Operational Safety

Duration: 01/2012 – 12/2014 (extended till 05/2015)

Spatial information is needed in all phases of the mining life cycle. Main issues are the economical prospection and exploration of deposits as well as environmentally friendly and safe mining activities from mine planning through mine development and mineral extraction to closure and reclamation. New information from GMES4Mining can support different processes: A faster and more accurate identification of mining areas, ground movement monitoring and observation of environmental protection.Therefore within the R&D project GMES4Mining, funded by Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, innovative multi sensorial analytical methods as well as geographic information technologies will be developed. In particular high resolution hyperspectral and multispectral data as well as radar data will be tested in combination with innovative in-situ measures, e.g. latest geophysical exploration methods, ground-based radar and geo information technologies. All used methods will be bundled as cross-technology geo services and will be optimized towards the real requirements from industry within pilot studies in selected mining areas in Germany and abroad. Final target is the strengthening the support to all processes in prospection, exploration and monitoring for environmental protection and operational safety in mining.

Herders coping hazards in Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia: A new research approach based on GPS-tracking

Duration: 05/201504/2018

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With climate change, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia are increasingly experiencing natural hazards. The livelihoods of herders are particularly affected by natural hazards, which render them vulnerable to poverty. The proposed project has two objectives: (1) to extend the available knowledge on how herders in Central Asia cope with natural hazards and (2) to improve the research capacity (concerning both methodology and data) within the Central Asian region. This project will collect and analyze a new database, bridging the disciplines of geoinformatics, development economics, spatial statistics, and geography. Using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the project will track the movements of semi-nomadic herders in Kyrgyzstan and of nomadic herders in Mongolia. Moreover, it will collect a socio-economic survey from the same herding households that particularly captures households’ exposure to natural hazards and the coping strategies applied by households. The novelty of the approach lies in combining geographic location data of (semi-) nomadic households with socio-economic survey data and additional input e.g. from remote sensing, and assessing the data jointly. The project will investigate to what degree mobility, land use patterns, the geographic environment at a household’s location, and access to markets mitigate the effects of natural hazards. The analyses will be comparative, combining insights and methods in Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia, thereby fostering trans-boundary cooperation in research.


Duration: 01/2010 – ongoing

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems (UAV/UAS) as highly flexible and low-cost sensor platform provide new opportunities of data acquisition for various environmental- and geoscientific purposes (e.g. environmental monitoring, forestry, geobase data etc.). The IFGIcopter group of the Institute for Geoinformatics is working on applications of UAV/S in various fields of GIScience. In particular, three different UAV/S systems (microdrones and mikrokopter, fixed wing systems) form the starting point of the ongoing research. The current areas of work and research topics of the ifgicopter group cover near-infrared aerial photography, thermal imaging and crowd mapping, real-time data processing and related geoservices, mapping of invasive species and other…

EDC – Esri Development Center at the Institute for Geoinformatics

Duration: 10/2009 – ongoing


The Esri Development Center (EDC) program is an initiative by Esri to support university departments with outstanding teaching and research in the GIS area. The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Münster became the first EDC in Germany in 2009 (see arcaktuell article 2/2010). The EDC at ifgi is implemented as essential part in research and teaching by the students and employees to establish strong ties between research and industry. This is achieved by the close cooperation of Esri and ifgi in several projects as well as the special resources offered by the EDC.