uni heridelberg transitWhen a devastating earthquake struck Nepal in the spring of 2015, the geoinformatics scientists at Heidelberg University leapt into action: The researchers and students set up an emergency route planner on the Internet, just as they had five years before after the earthquake in Haiti. Disaster workers were able to use the planner to identify roads that were still passable and determine the fastest route to the affected areas. They also obtained data on key points of contact such as hospitals, rescue centres and emergency camps. This humanitarian support through the development of disaster mapping technologies is just one example of the hands-on projects of the geoinformatics scientists at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. Their work is based on geographical data from a variety of sources that the scientists analyse from a variety of aspects. Read More