Section 1.5: Geoinformatics
Head of Section: Prof. Dr. Doris Dransch
A broad and constantly growing data pool is nowadays available in the geosciences to investigate System Earth. This comprises measurement data gathered with powerful sensor networks and satellites, data from experiments and geoarchives as well as data generated by simulation models. Bringing together relevant data from different sources and the analysis of large, multidimensional and partly uncertain data are big challenges.
The research of the Section Geoinformatics aims at these challenges. On the interface between computer science and the geosciences, we develop methods and tools to support geoscientists in the analysis of manifold data. We adapt methods from data mining to spatio-temporal data and develop Visual Analytics concepts that combine interactive visual data exploration with automated data analysis. Further, we provide methods for the integration of heterogeneous data.
With our research, we support geoscientists in answering numerous questions. Examples in this regard are: Which relevant spatio-temporal patterns are contained in data from simulation models? How are results of simulation models and observed data correlated? How can information provided by the public over the internet be used to improve rapid damage assessment caused by natural disasters?