Focus Of Research

Research activities at the Geodetic Institute (GIK) focus on the fields of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, and range from basic research to the development and application of new technologies. Students have the opportunity to get involved and participate in research very early on in their studies. Research at the Geodetic Institute is closely associated with the KIT Centre for "Climate and Environment" as well as the Gradute School KIT-GRACE.

The Geodetic Institute is divided into three departments that define the key research areas:



Prof. Dr. rer. nat. M. Breunig

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Geodätische Erdsystemwissenschaft
Geodetic Earth System Sciences

Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Kutterer

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Geodätische Messtechnik und Sensorik
Geodetic Measurement and Sensor Technology

Prof. Dr. C. Harmening

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The research focus in Geoinformatics is currently particularly concerned with the development of methods for spatio-temporal geodata management, the further development of 3D/4D geoinformation systems and the investigation of topological questions for applications in the natural and built environment. The management of Big Geospatial Data is also investigated. Furthermore, methods for communication and data management in geosensor networks are currently being researched. Finally, practical applications in the research field of mobile geoinformation systems are being tested at the Department of Geoinformatics.

In the research area Geodetic Measurement and Sensor Technology, measuring instruments and techniques are evaluated and developed for challenging measurement tasks for engineering and industry areas. To ensure a high standard of quality of the survey equipment, special attention is paid to the compliance with internationally recognized standards and norms. For this purpose, test methods are designed to account for the range of possible interference. Today, we are still unable to detect the effects of sensor refraction, which represents the major limiting factor to the accuracy of geodetic measurements. Therefore, the development of efficient methods to determine the effects of refraction forms another main focus of this research.

Research undertaken in the field of Geodetic Earth System Sciences mainly concentrates on the building of models for the evaluation of satellite and terrestrial geodetic measurements as well as their application in geodynamics. Measurement technology is a major focus of Satellite Geodesy. The use of geodetic GPS is another research area as well as GPS observation methods for polar research. Physical Geodesy focuses mainly on issues of boundary values and problems in association with vertical datums.