Information technology

Geographic Information System (GIS) – 3D Visualisation

Members of the ROOTS Cluster have the possibility to assemble and integrate diverse historical, archaeological, and environmental facts into a dynamic picture of human development. The heterogeneity of data and observations, all focusing on the same object, yet using different methods, spatial resolutions, or scales, demands a strong unifying database. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are highly suitable since they provide established sophisticated techniques for the storage, retrieval, and processing of geodata coming from different sources.

GIS (Images: Rolf Gabler-Mieck, Landscape Ecology and Geoinformation).

Furthermore, GIS offer a wide range of specific tools, including 3D visualisation, for advanced spatial analyses and environmental modelling, making possible the identification and simulation of the complex interactions and feedbacks that underlie the spatial structure of landscapes on multiple spatial and temporal scales. To enable the integration of data from different projects, a metadata information system will be developed to facilitate queries to a common GIS-database that will merge new data sets from laboratory work, field research, and remote sensing with existing geoscientific meta-data.

GIS(Images: Rolf Gabler-Mieck, Landscape Ecology and Geoinformation).

A GIS laboratory is available to support projects dealing with GIS-based spatial reconstructions. In addition to the setup and maintenance of the GIS infrastructures, technical assistance and classes/tutorials are provided for PhD students.


Dr. Christoph Rinne

Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology
+49 431 880.3378

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Koch

Multimedia Information Processing Group
+49 431 880-4484

Hendrik Raese

IT and Data Management
+49 431 880-5922


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