Department of Geography

Welcome to the CartoGIS website

In the CartoGIS research group, both fundamental and applied research on various aspects of cartography and geographical information science is conducted. Our research group focuses on five major research areas:

  • data quality (e.g. quantifying spatial errors; using data quality indicators as a support for recognition of object changes in the update process; objective quality definition of cartographical representations);
  • geographical information production, infrastructure, management and modelling (e.g. geographical information and cartography of World Heritage; fundamental and applied studies of map production and map production management);
  • risk analysis (e.g. information processing on flood risk; risk analysis and use of geographical information in managing disasters and disaster control);
  • analysis of moving objects (e.g. tracking of moving objects; modelling, representing, and reasoning about spatio-temporal information; cognition and linguistics of moving objects; time geography and accessibility analysis);
  • historical cartography (e.g. analysis of the production methods of maps, especially in the 16th and 18th century; worldview in the past and the visualisation of it on maps).


Sessions organised by Kristien Ooms at upcoming AAG 2016 meeting

2015-10-20 Permalink

Dr. Kristien Ooms, chair of the Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues of the Cartographic Association, organises special sessions during the Annual meeting of the American Geographers (AAG) – in collaboration with the ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Visualization and on Visual Analytics , which takes place from March 29 - April 2 2016 in San Francisco, USA. If you want to contribute, please have a look at this this Call for Papers (deadline: October 25th 2015!).

Field work Geography master student Lars De Sloover

2015-10-13 Permalink

Last month, master student Lars De Sloover carried out fieldwork in the scope of his master’s thesis and practical training in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. Together with prof. dr. Jean Bourgeois (UGent), prof. dr. Philippe De Maeyer (UGent), prof. dr. Alishir Kurban (XIEG) and the master students of XIEG and Turpan people, numerous karez were measured and inventorized, in order to gain more insights on their age and genesis and images of the Yar City Ruins were collected using UAV amongst other techniques. The preliminary results of the previous campaign (2014) can be consulted at

Multi-D event

2015-09-30 Permalink

From 20 October to 24 October, Ghent is hosting a Multi-D event in collaboration with AGIV, C3A and Ghent University. This event comprises sessions and workshops on various techniques (e.g. 3D scanning, 3D printing, CAVE, Sketchup, BIM,...). During the opening session, eight speakers will explain their ideas on the use of multi-D data. More information can be found on

Research campaign at archaeological site Honduras

2015-06-30 Permalink

Britt Lonneville (CartoGIS), Cornelis Stal (3DDA) and Jotka Verlee (Ma student) have left for a one-month field campaign at an archaeological site in Honduras. They will focus on acquiring 3D data through several acquisition techniques, e.g. UAV with NIR camera and total station. Afterwards, these data will among others be used to create 3D models and orthophotos. Follow Britt on twitter.

Prof. Alishir Kurban

2015-06-30 Permalink

At the cartoGIS cluster, we welcomed Prof. Alishir Kurban from the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG) of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). Due to the cooperation agreement between UGent and XIEG, he will stay in Ghent untill early August to discuss and develop an apporach for analysing long term time series data of ecosystem dynamics in the lower reach of the Tarim River (China) and 3D archaeological GIS in Turpan region. More information on the collaboration here.


2015-06-30 Permalink

For over 150 years the Society of Antiquaries of the Land van Waas (Koninklijke Oudheidkundige Kring van het Land van Waas, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, or KOKW) has been in the possession of a so-called 'Lafreri'-atlas. Recognized since 2012 as one of Flanders's masterpieces, the society is exhibiting the individual maps in the Mercator Museum until 19 July 2015. Ghent University (Department of Geography) took care of the publication: Lafreri. Italian Cartography in the Renaissance. More information can be found on these sites: and

Signed agreement with China

2015-06-30 Permalink

UGent, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography and Turpan Bureau of Cultural Heritage sign agreement. XIEG and the UGent are already collaborating since 2005 and have since 2007 a collaborative agreement to exchange staff and students. This collaborative agreement has now been extended with a MoU with the Turpan Bureau of Cultural Heritage as a new partner. More information:

International Map Year

2015-06-30 Permalink

International Map Year (IMY) is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world. Supported by the United Nations, IMY provides opportunities to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information. Visit these site to find out what is happening in Belgium ( and internationally (


2015-06-30 Permalink

GeoMobiel offers do-activities to the third grade of secondary education. In the academic year 2014-2015, the GeoMobiel staff visited the schools. Starting from 2015-2016, all the educational material will be made available online to the teachers.  More information can be found at the website of GeoMobiel:

Recent publications

Chavoshi, S. H., De Baets, B., Neutens, T., De Tré, G., & Van de Weghe, N. (2015). Exploring dance movement data using sequence alignment methods. PLOS ONE, 10(7).
Vanlommel, M., Houbraken, M., Audenaert, P., Logghe, S., Pickavet, M., & De Maeyer, P. (2015). An evaluation of section control based on floating car data. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART C-EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, 58, 617–627.
Fang, G., Yang, J., Chen, Y., & Zammit, C. (2015). Comparing bias correction methods in downscaling meteorological variables for a hydrologic impact study in an arid area in China. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES, 19(6), 2547–2559.
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