Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle
Institute of Geography
GIScience Research Group
Heidelberg University
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Phone: +49 6221 54-5594
Fax: +49 6221 54-4996

3D Geospatial Data Processing Group


3D Geospatial Data Processing Group (3DGeo)

IWR – Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing       HCE – Heidelberg Center for the Environment

We investigate the extraction of geoinformation from 3D/4D geodata (predominantly point clouds), which were acquired with cutting-edge Earth observation technology (e.g. 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry and SAR). Emphasis is put on the exploitation of multitemporal geographic 3D data, which enables near real-time 3D/4D mapping and observation. A major focus lies on the development of computational methods for 3D/4D geospatial data processing and analysis by making use of the full sensor data streams (e.g. LiDAR backscatter). It is aimed at increasing the understanding of geographical phenomena. Our methods and tools are applied to multi- and interdisciplinary research questions in the broad field of Digital and Computational Environmental Sciences. This covers landscapes dominated by physical processes (e.g. geomorphology), man-made landscapes (e.g. renewable energies) and strong human-environmental interactions (e.g. agriculture, natural hazards, health and geoarchaeology). Our research sites are spread all over the world: we perform in-situ measurements, program in the lab and simulate Earth observation in virtual environments.

Please check our recent publications and running research projects for further details.

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19.02.2018 00:00
3D micro-mapping: Towards assessing the quality of crowdsourcing to support 3D point cloud analysis

Crowdsourcing has been widely applied to extract information from 2D geodata sources such as satellite imagery. In this new study published in the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing we apply this technique to the growing field of 3D point cloud analysis. This work has been conducted in our 3D-MAPP Project which was funded [...]

14.02.2018 00:00
Trace element partitioning in fluvial tufa reveals variable portions of biologically influenced calcite precipitation

Freshwater tufas are widespread phenomena in karst environments denoting important terrestrial paleo-environmental and paleoclimate archives. Additionally, many tufa sites are UNESCO world natural heritages, which emphasizes their societal importance (e.g. Jiuzhaigou, China; Plitvice, Croatia) and the demand for comprehensive conservation and monitoring strategies. Formation of tufas is controlled by numerous factors. The latest publication - [...]

01.02.2018 00:00
Vorbesprechung GP/Übung: Physiogeographische Geodatenerfassung im Hochgebirge (Ötztal)

Die Veranstaltung “Physiogeographische Geodatenerfassung im Hochgebirge (Ötztal)” wird im Sommersemester 2018 zwischen 29.07.2018 und 04.08.2018 in Obergurgl, Tirol, Österreich, durchgeführt. Die verpflichtende Vorbesprechung findet am Fr. 02.02.2018, 11:30., R132/INF348, statt. Die Veranstaltung ist eine Zusammenarbeit zwischen Geoinformatik (Prof. Höfle, K. Anders) und Physiogeographie (Dr. Hecht) und bietet die einzigartige Möglichkeit verschiedenste Methoden der Geodatenerfassung [...]

30.01.2018 00:00
14. Modellierungstag Rhein-Neckar am 1. Februar 2018

1. Februar 2018 - 14:00 Uhr Mathematikon Im Neuenheimer Feld 205 Konferenzraum 5. Etage

25.01.2018 00:00
Highly Cited Paper in Geosciences: Eitel, Höfle et al. (2016)

Point clouds and our 3DGeo research in Heidelberg are going beyond 3D, such as the new research project Auto3Dscapes. A detailed analysis of this research frontier has been published in Eitel, Höfle et al. (2016): Beyond 3-D: The new spectrum of lidar applications for earth and ecological sciences. The paper has just become a highly cited [...]

13.01.2018 00:00
Zwei besondere öffentliche Vorlesungen zur Geodatenerfassung

Liebe Studierende aller Semester und Studiengänge, ich möchte Sie herzlich zu zwei besonderen Veranstaltungen im Rahmen der Vorlesung “Geodatenerfassung” in die Geographie einladen, die Sie sicher interessieren könnten:

02.01.2018 00:00
Workshop zu “3D-Geländemethoden in den Geowissenschaften” (15.-16.3.2018 in Heidelberg)

Die 3D-Initiative in den Geowissenschaften organisiert einen Workshop zu “3D-Geländemethoden in den Geowissenschaften” (14-16. März in Heidelberg) mit speziellem Fokus auf Workflows. Der Workshop wird von der Geoinformatik Heidelberg mitorganisiert. Willkommen sind alle Interessierten an 3D und Geo: ForscherInnen, Studis, PraktikerInnen, usw.. Eine kostenfreie Anmeldung ist aus organisatorischen Gründen zwingend nötig. Weitere Infos finden Sie [...]

02.01.2018 00:00
Abstract submission to EGU 2018 - 3D Point Clouds in Geosciences: Capturing, Analysis and Visualization (Deadline 10 Jan 2018)

Short abstract submission for the EGU General Assembly in Vienna 8–13 April 2018 is still open until 10 January 2018 (13:00 CET). We organize a session with special focus on 3D Point Clouds in Geosciences: Capturing, Analysis and Visualization. We would be very happy to receive your research and promote it in this special [...]

22.12.2017 00:00
Merry Christmas by GIScience Heidelberg

The GIScience Research Group with the 3D Geospatial Data Processing Group and the team at HeiGIT (Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology) at Heidelberg University do wish a peaceful Christmas time and all the best for a successful and prosperous new year 2018 to all of you!

15.12.2017 00:00
Auto3Dscapes Makes Environmental Monitoring Smarter

… by acquiring data only when and where changes occur. In this project on Autonomous 3D Earth Observation of Dynamic Landscapes (Auto3Dscapes), a novel strategy of permanent 3D observation will be developed incorporating observed topographic changes as feedback and dynamically adapting the acquisition parameters and analysis methods. Permanent 3D Earth observation is currently challenged by the strong [...]

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