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Conference Themes & Topics

Geodata is nowadays used in all areas of research to address various questions. Two current projects, the Digital Atlas 2.0 and the EmissionsLandKarte (ELK), work intensively with geodata and already illustrate the high synergy potential, if actors from different disciplines cooperate.

The following research areas are lit up at GeoDPA Conference.

The space sector covers all topics related to space-based observations  and the associated analysis of data. The particular advantage of earth observation from space is the efficient retrieval of self-consistent data on a global scale which support the creation of services, for example to allow for immediate help in the event of disasters and emergencies.


  • Missions and sensors for earth observation (EO) from space.
  • Processing EO data from space and creating data cubes over the massive amounts of data.
  • Derivation of global and regional products.
  • Long-term observations, climate change, disaster preparedness and rapid disaster response.

Geodata allows danger spots and risk areas to be identified before crises occur and thus makes it possible to preventively mitigate the effects of crisis situations. In the event of a crisis, geodata providing emergency responders with important information about the scope of a crisis, allowing them to adapt their approach to the specific situations.


  • Emergency mapping provides information to first responders about the extent and impact of natural disasters.
  • Risk analysis enabling the mitigation of crisis impacts.
  • Identification of potential points of failure increasing the resilience of critical infrastructure.
  • Criminal investigators receive new insights about criminal sites and access to remote spots.

Earth observation data are an upcoming trend in energy applications, mainly in urban heat and electricity transition efforts. As well the European Union (EU) has expressed its commitment to greenhouse gas reduction and the promotion of renewable energies, setting clear milestones through various initiatives and policies.


  • Energy infrastructure detection from earth observation (EO) data.
  • Energy System Modelling applications enhanced with EO information.
  • Solar resources and availability of irradiance data.
  • Energy production forecasts derived from satellite and ground based meteorological data.

Geodata is an important data domain which is used in the transportation sector. Due to the digitalisation in diverse areas of our society and to the increase of IT-Ressources and miniaturization,  more and more geodata is becoming available, opening the possibility for working with new methods while also addressing new research questions.


  • Modelling of data schemes for the depiction of maps supporting automated driving on roads, rails and on water.
  • Methods for data fusion of geodata to create high-precision maps for automated and autonomous driving functionalities.
  • Use of simulation tools to evaluate traffic flows and mobility behaviour.


Geodata are a key source of information in the aeronautics sector, from flight planning and communication to modelling of aviation emissions and impacts, with implications for environmental aspects and aircraft engineering issues. Given its global scope, the aeronautics sector is not only a main application target but also a primary source of geodata, thanks to aircraft campaigns which provide unique data in the field of atmospheric measurements (supporting environmental and climate modelling) and high-resolution remote sensing data of the Earth surface for a wide range of applications, from vegetation modelling to transport infrastructure analyses.


  • Data acquisition and application from aircraft-based measurement campaigns.
  • Aviation emission inventories to support modelling of the climate impact of aviation.
  • Atmospheric model data for the life-cycle analysis of aircraft engines.
  • Modelling and mapping of aviation noise sources and their impact.