The research area develops and uses data-intensive and data-integrating approaches to describe, interpret and evaluate trends in settlement and open space development at different spatial levels and at high resolution. To this end, we focus on innovative research fields such as Spatial Data Science and Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI).
In cooperation with different stakeholders, we generate socially robust knowledge and provide transformative decision support. We use co-design approaches to develop digital tools and generate alternative future scenarios of spatial developments. To this end, a nationally and internationally networked research data centre (IOER-RDC) is being established and operated, based on the existing "Monitor of Settlement and Open Space Development (IOER Monitor)". The overarching goal of the IOER-RDC is to contribute to the understanding of complex spatial relationships and dynamics through the action-oriented development and interpretation of rapidly growing and heterogeneous data sets.
Our guiding questions are: