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Equipment and Facilities

Computer Labs

The two computer labs of the Chairs of GIScience and Remote Sensing are each equipped with 14 Windows PCs that are used for teaching lab classes to undergraduate and graduate students. The hardware is up to date and regularly upgraded. A comprehensive suite of software is available on all computers.


  • Current versions of Windows and Microsoft Office
  • Geosimulation: Netlogo
  • Remote sensing software in the remote sensing lab: eCognition, Envi, Erdas, Geomatica, PolSARpro
  • Statistics: R, SPSS
  • Numerical modeling: Matlab
  • Programming environments: Netbeans, R Studio
  • Programming languages: Java, Python, R, IDL

Computer Technology

Modern computer technology facilitates computationally intensive research and research-oriented teaching at the Chair of GIScience.

High Performance Computer

The complex environmental simulation models and modern machine-learning techniques used at the Chair of GIScience are computationally very intensive. The Chair therefore owns a high-performance computing facility that can be accessed by students, staff and external partners through a Web interface.

Web Servers

The Chair's Web servers host a variety of online services and platforms including project websites, communication platforms (e.g,. blogs, discussion forums) and Web-based information systems (e.g., River Basin Information System). Several data servers are available for storage and exchange of large databases (e.g., climate data) within ongoing research projects.

Monitoring Equipment and Laboratory

Environmental monitoring technology and a laboratory are available to facilitate the monitoring of Earth surface processes and the identification of parameters required for ecohydrological modeling. These facilities are used not only for research but also to introduce students to modern measuring systems for GIScience and environmental research.


Leica differential GPS receivers were recently purchased for precise measurrements of Earth surface dynamics (e.g., slope deformation or rock glacier movement). 20 Trimble Juno 3B GPS receivers are furthermore available for mobile mapping applications in teaching and research.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Two UAVs (fixed-wing and copter) are available in our group for the 3D reconstruction of surfaces (e.g., sinkholes, snow cover, vegetation) for academic research.

Monitoring Networks and Equipment

A variety of environmental sensors and monitoring stations are currently deployed in several study areas worldwide within research projects. Among these instruments are more than 10 Automatic Weather Stations, online water quality stations, soil moisture stations, Stevens hydroprobes and Onset HOBO temperature data loggers.


In the pF laboratory a pressure plate extractor facility is available to measure the relationship between pressure head and water contents in soils. This soil physical parameter is an important property that controls plant growth and describes the hydrological storage characteristics.