We, as Spatial Services GmbH, are partners in national and international research projects. Our project partners rely on our know-how, which we draw from close cooperation with the Department of Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg.

Our current research projects:


The number of displaced persons worldwide increases every year and reached 59.5 million by the end of 2014. Even higher record numbers can be expected for 2015.Humanitarian aid as a response to this crisis requires targeted, up-to-date and reliable information to meet this challenge. In the current FFG-ASAP project, Z_GIS is developing EO4HumEn (FE) -based solutions for the humanitarian sector and regularly supplies geoinformation products to MSF. The close co-operation with the humanitarian sector made the following clear: Although a large number of refugees and internally displaced persons are living in refugee camps, as in these projects, more than half the refugees under UNHCR mandate live in urban areas; Monitoring of environmental resources is high on the agenda of humanitarian actors …more


The cartographic delineation and designation of biotope and habitat types constitute a substantial professional and legal basis for nature conservation in Austria. Firstly, there is a direct link to the biotope and habitat types protected by the nature conservation laws and corresponding ordinances of the Länder others are directly related to the degree of vulnerability of the individual biotoptypes via the red lists of the biotoptyps of the federal states or the federal government. A special role is played here by the European protection areas, which are subject to a ban on the FFH habitat types under the Habitats Directive. In this context, the alpine zone is of special importance for nature conservation.


The considerable energy and climate policy need to face the commitment to achieving international climate protection targets as well as national energy and climate change strategies raises the question of the extent to which cities and municipalities can contribute to the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. So far, however, the elimination of action strategies at the municipal level in favor of an increased consideration of energy and climate policy premises is made difficult by the fact that there is no overview of the initial situation with regard to the total energy consumption and the total volume of greenhouse gas emissions from a municipality. The aim of the project is the development of a geobased database at the municipal level, which comprehensively presents energy-relevant structural data as well as the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of all Austrian cities and municipalities and enables decision-makers to assess development strategies in terms of their energy, mobility and climate relevance.


Damages caused by climate and weather extremes have increased over the last few decades and will likely only broaden with the progression of climate change and socioeconomic development. Austria is largely exposed to floods and droughts, which often bring grave social and economic consequences with them. Such climate-related risks are already being tackled and overcome within the framework of natural disaster risk management, as well as climate change adaptation. However, to manage these climate risks more effectively it is necessary to link natural disaster risk management and climate change adaptation to develop approaches more comprehensively …more

The overarching goal is to build an Austrian data & information cube. The project is a very relevant step towards this endeavor, exemplarily showing that semantic content based image and information retrieval is possible in big EO databases, allowing human users to query and analyse EO data on a higher semantic level (i.e. based on at least basic land cover units and encoded ontologies).


HUMAN + aims to contribute to ensuring humanitarian security and preparedness for migration, while at the same time fully considering legal, ethical and sociological conditions. The project approach described aims at the use of social media, as well as their integration with established methods of remote sensing to create an integrative real-time situational picture and a short-term prognosis. Thanks to the real-time situation picture obtained in this way, the emergency services are better prepared for migration waves and can make well-informed, tailor-made decisions.