Geospatial Information Research: State of the Art, Case Studies and Future Perspectives

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  • Ralf Bill - , University of Rostock (Author)
  • Jörg Blankenbach - , Geodätisches Institut der RWTH Aachen, Aachen (Author)
  • Martin Breunig - , Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Author)
  • Jan-Henrik Haunert - , Geoinformation, Institut für Geodäsie und Geoinformation, Universität Bonn, Bonn (Author)
  • Christian Heipke - , Leibniz University Hannover (Author)
  • Stefan Herle - , Geodätisches Institut der RWTH Aachen, Aachen (Author)
  • Hans-Gerd Maas - , Chair of Photogrammetry (Author)
  • Helmut Mayer - , Bundeswehr University of Munich (Author)
  • Liqui Meng - , Technical University of Munich (Author)
  • Franz Rottensteiner - , Leibniz University Hannover (Author)
  • Jochen Schiewe - , HafenCity University Hamburg (Author)
  • Monika Sester - , Leibniz University Hannover (Author)
  • Uwe Sörgel - , University of Stuttgart (Author)
  • Martin Werner - , Technical University of Munich (Author)


Geospatial information science (GI science) is concerned with the development and application of geodetic and information science methods for modeling, acquiring, sharing, managing, exploring, analyzing, synthesizing, visualizing, and evaluating data on spatio-temporal phenomena related to the Earth. As an interdisciplinary scientific discipline, it focuses on developing and adapting information technologies to understand processes on the Earth and human-place interactions, to detect and predict trends and patterns in the observed data, and to support decision making. The authors – members of DGK, the Geoinformatics division, as part of the Committee on Geodesy of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, representing geodetic research and university teaching in Germany – have prepared this paper as a means to point out future research questions and directions in geospatial information science. For the different facets of geospatial information science, the state of art is presented and underlined with mostly own case studies. The paper thus illustrates which contributions the German GI community makes and which research perspectives arise in geospatial information science. The paper further demonstrates that GI science, with its expertise in data acquisition and interpretation, information modeling and management, integration, decision support, visualization, and dissemination, can help solve many of the grand challenges facing society today and in the future.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-389
Number of pages41
JournalPFG - Journal of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

External IDs

Scopus 85138267226
WOS 000855215900001
PubMed 36158628
Mendeley 1b9de7bf-0fc9-3536-9d41-1efbfe291763



  • Geographic information systems (GIS), Geospatial information sciences, Grand challenges, Research perspectives

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