Capturing processes in spatial terms as they occur and monitoring plus analysing their change over time is an essential basis for many scientific investigations in mountain research today. New methods of capture with enhanced spatial and temporal resolution generate ever larger amounts of data. We need to develop and apply automated processing and analysing strategies to deal with these masses of data. Moreover, quality control of captured and derived information is needed to ensure trustworthy analyses in a scientific context.

The remote sensing and geomatics section focuses on observing and quantifying spatio-temporal processes in the natural landscape and in areas influenced or formed by humans and investigates cause and effect. We use methods of remote sensing, close-range sensing and spatio-temporal analysis from geomatics. An additional focus is on 3D and 4D geodata processing.

The methods and workflows developed here facilitate basic research and enhance long-term research, especially in the areas of geomorphology, natural landscape processes, natural hazard research, land-use and vegetation mapping, and tourism.