Our current research projects:
The vision of the project CopHub.AC is to establish a long-term Copernicus hub to consolidate and sustain the Copernicus Academy as a knowledge and innovation platform. To fulfill this several nodes will be created – like a new form of research briefs, knowledge landscape, outreach and sustainability. It will focus and link ongoing R&D activities in Copernicus-relevant academic fields and sustain the innovation process from academia to business on a high scientific and technical level.
Project Partners: University of Salzburg Z_GIS, University of Basilicata, Evenflow, Climate-KIC, EARSC, KU Leuven, GISIG, University of Malaga, Rasdaman, Cyprus University of Technology, Klaipeda University
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.
Project Partners: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU, University of Salzburg Z_GIS
EO4GEO is an Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance gathering 26 partners from 12 countries from academia, private and public sector active in the education/training and space/geospatial sectors. EO4GEO aims to help bridging the skills gap between supply and demand of education and training in the space/geospatial sector by reinforcing the existing ecosystem and fostering the uptake and integration of space/geospatial data and services in end-user applications. EO4GEO will work in a multi-interdisciplinary way and apply innovative solutions for its education and training actions including: case based and collaborative learning scenarios; learning-while-doing in a living lab environment; on-the-job training; the co-creation of knowledge, skills and competencies; etc.
Project Partners: GISIG, KU Leuven, University of Salzburg Z_GIS, Climate-KIC, Universitat Jaume I (UJI), University of Zagreb (GEOF), University of Patras (UPAT), Friedrich-Schiller University Jena (FSU-EO), University of Twente (UT-ITC), University of Basilicata (UNIBAS), Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (IGiK), Planetek, IGEA Ltd., Epsilon Italia, NOVOGIT, GIB, EARSC, Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), UNEP/GRID, NEREUS, VITO, CNR-IREA, Institute for Environmental Solutions (VRI IES), ISPRA, ALFA Liguria
HUMAN+ is a project for ensuring humanitarian safety through real-time situational awareness for efficient management of migration movements. The aim is to detect and predict migration movements, create near-real time overviews about current migration movements including data analyses and short-term forecasting, as well as information and decision support in form of user dependent interactive information visualization, assessment of quality and interoperability.
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.
Project Partners: JOANNEUM RESEARCH, IFES, IFR, Die Johanniter, University of Salzburg Z_GIS, Universität Graz, Bundesheer, Fraunhofer IAIS, Universität Kassel, THW, VOMATEC, CrisCom, Universität Passau, Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei, Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz
The project Sen2Cube.at will be one step towards an Austrian data and information cube. The project will show that 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.
Project Partners: University of Salzburg – Z_GIS, AMA, ZAMG
The goal of 3D Vision is the development new methods and processes for the automated valorization of 3D point cloud data. The 3D point clouds are pre-processed with innovative evaluation methods, automatically classified and converted into high-quality, detailed vector models of buildings, vegetation and infrastructure as well as into digital plans. These results are picked up and further refined by the network partners for the creation of industry-specific new products, 3D viewers, augmented reality environments and innovative services.
Project Partners: Laserdata GmbH, GRID-IT, Arch. Stefan Rutzinger
The cartographic demarcation and designation of biotope or habitat types represent an essential technical and legal basis for nature conservation in Austria. The alpine zone has a special nature conservation significance. It is the habitat of many ecologically extremely sensitive biocenoses. The exceptionally high nature conservation value and the high sensitivity of the Alpine zone are also reflected in the legal anchoring of strict protection regulations for the habitats of the alpine zone in the nature conservation laws and nature conservation regulations of the alpine Austrian states. These factors mean that a comprehensive terrestrial terrain survey is technically difficult, time-consuming, very time-consuming and associated with correspondingly high costs. We are developing a multiphase biotope mapping methodology for the area above the permanent settlement area, combining the use of satellite imagery, aerial imagery and terrestrial survey methods for a multi-phased inventory, highlighting that the benefits of different inventory tools and procedures can be optimally exploited.
Project Partners: University of Salzburg Z_GIS, Naturraumplanung Egger e.U
POSITIM – Pre-Post evaluation of urban mobility interventions
The design or transformation of public space is considered an essential prerequisite for further promoting sustainable, active mobility. However, there is still a lack of a standardized methodology for evaluating the impact of urban mobility interventions. For this reason, the POSITIM research project aims at the creation of a generic methodology for impact assessment and evaluation of traffic planning interventions through the interdisciplinary linking of approaches from traffic sociology with data-based, spatial evaluation and monitoring routines. In addition to established approaches (qualitative surveys, GIS-based potential and environment analyzes, ego videos, urban videos), human sensorics data are also used as the central innovation element for the evaluation. Together with the associated cities / municipalities, the integrative methodology will be specifically evaluated and validated in several field studies. The project results will provide the opportunity to evaluate interventions in the mobility space using a structured, standardized and transferable methodology and to estimate their impact on mobility behavior (stress perception, acceptance, displacement effects, etc.).
Project Partners: University of Salzburg Z_GIS, con.sens verkehrsplanung zt gmbh, apptech ventures GmbH – FACTUM, i.n.s. – Institut für innovative Städte
SINUS – Sensor Integration for Urban Risk Prediction
The project ‘SINUS’ (Sensor Integration for Urban Risk Prediction) explores the feasibility of matching wearable physiological sensors with data interfaces of urban data ecosystems for improving the current state of the art of predicting risk patterns for vulnerable road users in urban road networks. Different sensor equipment and setups are used and evaluated in a test field in the city of Salzburg. Between the recorded sensor data and other, formerly isolated data sources, semantic interoperability is established. Based on the resulting data set, machine learning algorithms are applied and refined for a prediction model. To assess effects, viability and transferability of the developed approach, different ICT-supported information applications are developed and tested in a field study.
Project Partners: University of Salzburg Z_GIS, TraffiCon – Traffic Consultants GmbH, Kompetenzzentrum – Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (VIF), Know-Center GmbH (KNOW)
CESARE – CollEction, Standardization and Attribution of Robust disaster Event information
In the field of hazard documentation and assessment in the context of disaster risk management, a large number of databases or inventories exist in Austria. Often these event, damage and risk data are not comparable because they were collected for different purposes and above all with different requirements. The aim of this project is to develop a robust national incident and damage database as a semi-automated, autonomous technical system that allows data from different sources to be harmonized, presented and used for further analysis under uniform standards. Specifically, a demonstrator for two states (Lower Austria and Styria) and three hazard categories (storm, flood and mass movement) will be implemented for the period from 2005 to 2018. A systematized synopsis of event documentation enables the public authorities to perform their tasks including the preparation of national risk analyzes, compulsory reporting under the UNISDR Sendai contract and the effective assessment of disaster relief funds.
Project Partners: University of Salzburg Z_GIS, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), Joanneum Research (JR), Geologische Bundesanstalt (GBA)