Projects

Creation and validation of: geodetic and tidal datums, acquisition tools at sea and in the intertidal zone

This project aims to develop a real time hydrodynamic model of the Belgian Continental Shelf, southern North Sea, and to determine an accurate and easily accessible 3D description of the Lowest Astro…

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Building Land Resilience in NW Ethiopia

The Land Resilience project is part of the larger VLIR IUC institutional cooperation with Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia, and aims at improving the resilience of the land in the framework of buildin…

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FASCINation

The objective of the FASCINation project is to strengthen collaboration and exchange expertise between the Department of Geography , the UFR de Géographie et Aménagement and the Earth and Life Instit…

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Valorization of ecosystem services from exclosures in the Tembien Highlands (Ethiopia)

Forest cover is key to tackle land degradation in relation to climate change. North Ethiopian exclosures deliver ecosystem services such as increased groundwater and carbon, and can deliver non-timber…

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Systemic analysis of dam-driven transitions of downstream alluvial plains in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, many big dams are constructed to increasingly provide electricity and irrigation agriculture for its population . These dams have very important implications for the downstream alluvial p…

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Flood Impact and Risk Assessment for Urban City Ghent

Previous studies have reported that Ghent and regions nearby are insufficiently protected against storm surge events from the North Sea, whether combined with high upper drainage by abundant rainfall…

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HBIM model of the church of Saint Barbara in Bois du Luc

The last few years the Building Information Modeling process improved through the development of innovative technology and approaches of working practices, especially in the field of documentation of …

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Simulation study on the response of ecosystem carbon cycle to global change in Central Asia

This project includes three main contents: field investigation, data collection and model simulation. Physiological ecological parameters and validation data are investigated by field investigation. D…

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SoleWay: Let's create a wiki for indoor navigation

Today, many navigation problems have been solved, but the question remains on how to perfectly find your way indoors. There are still several major issues with indoor navigation. How do we get an accu…

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Estimating the demand for business areas in West-Flanders

The demand for business area in West-Flanders has been assessed in 2006 by P. Cabus and W. Vanhaverbeke. Nine years later the Province of West-Flanders decided to redo the exercise for the periods 201…

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DYNAcity: The smartest city for mobility

The DYNAcity project researches from the standpoint of the end-user which information and mobility sources a city needs to have a successful dynamic mobility management. The city of Ghent is the offic…

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Public transport and spatial development patterns

This PhD research, funded by IWT and in collaboration with Cosmopolis , deals with the identification of differentiated development opportunities for the public transport nodes in Flanders and its adj…

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CREST: Climate resilient coast

More than 634 million people, or approximately 8.7% of the world's population, live in low-elevation coastal areas below 10 m. These zones are vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise and an increa…

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Evaluation of the usability of neogeography maps

So-called 'neogeography maps' on the Internet are often not created by cartographers and were never evaluated by the actual end users. Consequently, besides accuracy, their usability is also questiona…

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Mobility Panel Flanders

A mobility panel analyses different measures on various scales which can lead to transitions in mobility patterns. Doing so enables us to investigate travel behaviour of individuals and households ove…

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Mobility budget

The fiscal attractiveness of company cars acts as a decisive catalyst for mobility problems in Flanders, such as congestion, parking problems and increasing CO2 emissions. Today, in Belgium, over 500.…

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Policy- and decision-making processes in Belgrade

A study on the policy- and decision-making processes regarding the urban megaproject Belgrade Waterfront, particularly focusing on the interaction between different levels of scale. This project, whic…

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Urban networks in Southeast Asia

This project tries to reveal spatial and temporal patterns of intercity connections in different dimensions of the urban network and incorporating innovative modeling, analytical, and visualizationtec…

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International land deals, local people's livelihood, and environment nexus

Following the global raise in demand for food and bio-fuel production, companies are acquiring large scale agricultural land in developing countries. The government of Ethiopia is supplying millions o…

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Capturing archaeological sites and finds in Honduras

Researchers of the Department of Geography have been invited by Dr. Cameron McNeil of Lehman College to join the PARAC project, investigating the reasons for the collapse of the Mayan civilization. T…

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Travel behaviour, residential location choice and attitudes

This study analyses differences in travel behaviour between urban and non-urban residents. Travel-related attitudes, however, can affect this relation as persons can have a preference for a specific n…

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Ghent-Lille geomorphological investigations: hydrogeomorphology in the Aa river basin

The GeLiGeo project is a research cooperation between the Physical Geography group of Ghent University and the UFR de Géographie et Aménagement of the University Lille I . The Aa valley has been selec…

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STREAM: Spatiotemporal research infrastructure for early modern Flanders and Brabant

STREAM intends to develop a spatio-temporal research infrastructure for early modern Flanders and Brabant. The infrastructure consists of a GIS and database in which original and harmonized statistica…

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NOMOB: a research map on noblemen's mobility in the Austrian Netherlands

The all-in-one research map examines both knowledge on the historical landscape based upon a retrogressive map analysis and 18th century geographical data on transport and mobility in maps and letters…

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Rapid land use and cover changes and the hydrogeomorphic impact in rural western Shoa, as driven by the proximity of Addis Ababa city (Ethiopia)

Addis Ababa is one of the largest cities in Africa South of the Sahara, and is growing rapidly both in terms of population and economic activity. To support the urban demands, the rural hinterland of …

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Development of software for flood simulation

In this research, the LATIS software is further extended. LATIS is a modelling software that was developed in collaboration with Flanders Hydraulics Research to measure flood damage and flood risk. Th…

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Automated analysis of sports team movement tactics

With the use of QTC , the movements of the players are being converted to an internal data format. With QTC, interactions between players can be analysed in a qualitative way to reveal tactical patter…

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Geometric modelling for a 3D archaeological GIS

The use of 3D models in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage is focussed on in this research. These 3D models are generated through highly accurate acquisition techniques such as photo model…

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Spatial and spatio-temporal data analysis based on the CSTM

Based on the CSTM , this research try to develop a theory framework and some algorithms for multi scale spatio-temporal data analysis. Different from existing GIS analysis framework and algorithms, th…

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Tracking of moving objects

These days a lot of people own a device which is capable to connect wireless with other devices through Bluetooth or WiFi. With Bluetooth and WiFi scanners the MAC-address, unique identifier, of these…

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3D Modelling of Historic Topographic Equipment

The department of Geography owns a wide collection of historic topographic equipment . These artefacts are used in exhibitions to show the rich history of land surveying and geomatics. The 3D data re…

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Modeling and inventorizing heritage in Xinjiang (China)

In the Chinese Xinjiang region, different field campaigns were set up to collect data using various land survey techniques of the Yar City ruins on the one hand and the numerous karez on the other h…

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Talus slope geomorphology as impacted by permafrost thaw (Valais, Switzerland)

Talus slopes are one of the most common landform in high mountain environments and an important debris storage. Therefore, they're often subjected to geomorphological processes, such as different type…

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Monitoring tides at open sea

The Flemish Agency of Maritime and Coastal Service is responsible for a safe and smooth shipping traffic from and to Flemish harbours. Other main objectives of this governmental organization are coas…

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Lafreri: Italian cartography in the Renaissance

In September 1862, Willem d'Hanens-De Wolf, alderman of the City of Sint-Niklaas, presented an 'atlas de vieilles cartes' to the Society of Antiquaries of the Land van Waas . That rather bland descrip…

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Risk analysis in small island developing states

This research investigates the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States . These developing countries are extremely vulnerable to natural hazards. An adequate risk assessment is necessary to com…

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3D Archaeology in the Altai Region in Siberia (Russia)

Since 2005, the 3D Data research group supports the field surveys, of the Department of Archaeology, to the Altai Region in Siberia, Russia. This region is a very important archaeological heritage are…

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Integrated data-acquisition for hydrographic applications

This project examines how the integration of all kinds of sensors and inertial navigation systems ) can be optimized. It also aims to develop a low cost system for the mobile mapping of hydrographic …

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Planning space via spatio-temporal accessibility studies

Because traditional accessibility metrics do not fully consider personal and temporal restrictions, more dynamic accessibility measures are needed. Geographic Information Systems address this issue b…

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CHeriScape Cultural Heritage in Landscape

We are a landscape-focussed network funded as part of the transnational pilot call of the European Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage. Landscape and cultural heritage are tightly and cl…

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Non-invasive landscape Archaeology of the Great War

The complex interaction between human activities with the surrounding physical environment shaped the landscape through centuries and forms the fundamental approach in the domain of landscape archaeol…

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Strongbow: Environmental changes in Southern Ethiopia

The expansion of agriculture at the expense of natural forest may not be a problem if the agricultural land use system is implemented in sustainable way, however such is not the case in the Bench Maji…

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Eye tracking for studying the natural wayfinding behaviour in buildings

Eye tracking can shed more light on the features that are distinctive and salient in an environment and how the spatial structure of a building is analysed by an observer. In this way, more informati…

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Indoor landmarks: the study and implementation of navigational aids

When formulating route instructions people refer to salient objects along the route . These objects are called landmarks and allow the observer to locate himself and to point out directions. They help…

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Patterns and perception processes of spatial transformations in rural landscapes

For several decades already in Flanders, farmland has been under pressure to be developed for other land uses. Knowledge about the spatial structure of the Flemish farmland and the evolution of the ag…

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Historical and spatial dynamics & processes of mountain landscapes and its actors.

The majority of European landscapes are represented by a continuous and endless interaction between its natural and anthropogenic components. Through time, a shift from more ‘traditional’ towards post…

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Methodological advancements for space-time analysis of animal habitat use patterns

This project applies spatiotemporal analysis methods that are commonly used in geographical sciences on ecological data. More specifically, studies mainly focus on exploration of spatiotemporal patter…

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Integrating data sources for route planners

In this research, the question is asked how the contemporary vast set of Geographic Information can be used to improve online route planners. As these have become part of our daily lives, more and mo…

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Predictive modeling of spatiotemporal phenomena in GIS using Machine Learning

This research focuses on modelling spatio-temporal phenomena from sensor-network data. This research originated in the quest to model pedestrian behaviour, crowdedness and crowd flows at mass-events, …

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Graben: Integrated geographical research for sustainable land management in the closed basins along the Rift Valley in northern Ethiopia

The project concerns a major development corridor of Ethiopia, the closed basins at the interface between the Highlands and the Rift Valley. Such basins are sensitive to environmental changes on the s…

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SeArch

The SeArch – Archaeological heritage in the North Sea – Project aims to develop an efficient assessment methodology and approach towards a sustainable management policy and legal framework in Belgium.…

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Developping a 4D archaeological GIS

This research project attempts to take a first step towards the development of a 4D archaeological GIS. Archaeological data consist of thematic and spatial elements, which are currently not managed an…

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The use of GIS in health research

A recently described fundamental problem in studies examining the effects of area-based attributes on individual behavior is the Uncertain Geographic Context Problem . The UGCoP states that findings o…

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The Vassivière Project: an Erasmus Intensive Program in Hydrography and Geomatics

The Erasmus Intensive Program in Hydrography and Geomatics enabled students from 3 European graduate schools to work on the cartography of the Vassivière Dam reservoir. The project concerned a hydrog…

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3D modelling of historical globes

During this project the 3D modelling techniques were used to reconstruct two historical globes. A large number of images were used for the digital representation of two 16th century globes, made by Ge…

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Integrated Geomatics Internship in Bois-du-Luc

Since 2013 the Department of Geography has established a partnership with the Walloon government to document the mining site of Bois-du-Luc in the municipality of La Louvière. Each year, an intensive…

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Water and sediment budgets of Lake Tana for optimisation of land management and water allocation (Wase-Tana)

This project, in northwest Ethiopia, will increase the understanding of hydrology and sediment in order to develop tools and strategies that would contribute to proper planning and management of land…

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Geomorphological mapping, land degradation and resilience in the western Balkans

In terms of landforms, the western Balkan shows a great variability, ranging from sand and rock coasts , karst plateaus, large poljes, high mountains holding a glacial imprint, canyons, and more. In …

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A closer look at the Ferraris maps of the Austrian Netherlands

Between 1770-1778, the Belgian territory was homogeneously mapped on a scale of 1 : 11,520 under the guidance of count de Ferraris. This Cabinet map is considered to be the oldest topographical map of…

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Spatiotemporal analysis for sport events

This research focuses on the spatio-temporal analysis and mining of data of moving objects. Specifically, various spatio-temporal data analysis and mining approaches are adopted in order to analyse, d…

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Tunnel Ovalisation Monitoring

This research project answered the question how laser scanning, as a typical example of innovative 3D measurement techniques, can be used to contribute to tunnel ovalisation monitoring. A measurement…

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Modelling Mexican Mayan temples in 3D

Two successful field campaigns have been undertaken by our department to map Mexican Mayan temples in 3D. At the sites of Calakmul and Edzna, the archaeological structures were photographed from diff…

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Liber Floridus: the world in a book

Liber Floridus 1121. The World in a Book takes us into the world of a medieval encyclopaedist. Through the eyes of the author, Lambert of Saint-Omer, we are introduced to the intellectual world of his…

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Landscape perception, landscape experience, landscape and health

The PhD of Lien Dupont focused on the use of eye tracking in landscape perception research and aimed at analyzing how people observe landscapes. Therefore, experiments were performed with a remote RE…

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Landscape Character Assessment in Tra Khuc River Basin, Vietnam

This research has been motivated from the need and condition of spatial planning and integrated river basin management in Vietnam, particularly the selected area for case study, Tra Khuc River Basin. …

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GeoMobiel

GeoMobiel offers teaching materials about geomatics for students of the 3th grade of secondary school, so they get in touch with the possibilities and opportunities of geography and geomatics. The pro…

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Cartographic usability evaluations based on eye tracking studies

This research focuses on map users and more specifically how they can read and interpret the visual information on maps. In turn, this information can be used to improve their design: colours, layout…

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Land degradation and resilience in natural and renatured areas in north-west Europe

The research group on Physical Geography at Ghent University carries out research on land degradation and particularly resilience in natural and renatured areas in north-west Europe. This includes a w…

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iGUESS: Integrating GIS use in education

GIS learning in Europe is lagging behind compared to the use of GIS applications in everyday life, like car navigation systems, interactive maps on the Internet, etc. Progress could be made by initiat…

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Environmental changes in the Northern Ethiopian Highlands since the late 19th century

The research group on Physical Geography at Ghent University carries out research on medium- and long-term environmental changes in the Northern Ethiopian Highlands, upper Tekezze basin. This involves…

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SYGIAP: integrated management system for the protected areas

The total lack of available recent cartography and reliable geographic information for all World Heritage sites at DR Congo was an enormous problem for conservation planning and implementation. It was…

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Scientific map creation

Scientifically justified maps are realised for third parties by the CartoGIS research group. One of the examples is the collaboration in the desing of ‘Atlas De Boeck’. During the realization of these…

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