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).


Research campaign at archaeological site Honduras

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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

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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.


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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

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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

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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 (


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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

Fransen, K., Neutens, T., De Maeyer, P., & Deruyter, G. (2015). A commuter-based two-step floating catchment area method for measuring spatial accessibility of daycare centers. HEALTH & PLACE, 32, 65–73.
Frankl, A., Seghers, V., Stal, C., De Maeyer, P., Petrie, G., & Nyssen, J. (2015). Using image-based modelling (SfM-MVS) to produce a 1935 ortho-mosaic of the Ethiopian highlands. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH, 8(5), 421–430.
Ooms, Kristien, De Maeyer, P., De Wit, B., Maddens, R., Nuttens, T., Van de Weghe, N., & Vervust, S. (2015). Design and use of web lectures to enhance GIS teaching and learning strategies: the students’ opinions. CARTOGRAPHY AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE, 42(3), 271–282.
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