Habilitation

Habilitation

The Habilitation thesis was submitted on May 18, 2015 in order to obtain the Associate Professorship position.

The cumulative Habilitation thesis on an "Automated Geosynthesis: A transdisciplinary framework for real-time integrated holistic landscape analysis and decision support" explores how existing spatio-temporal information can be generalised, expressed and formalised in computer models as an extended contribution to the Leitbild concept developed prior to this Habilitation thesis. An Open Geospatial Consortium web services orchestration framework combines existing geospatial methods and techniques to deliver additional value with the 'Automated Geosynthesis' approach detailed in this publication. Going beyond the technical developments the author demonstrates that environmental information can be immediately made available and post-processed towards indicator development for decision making as proposed in the Leitbild concept. Based on a wireless sensor network, planned and realised by the author of this thesis, the methods developed are applied to the western part of the Mondsee catchment in Austria and also tested in a groundwater aquifer characterisation programme in New Zealand. The results show, that international standards provide the basis for cross-domain implementations allowing complex multi-purpose tailored information delivery to those who need them. According to stakeholders, performance, efficiency and effectiveness in discovering, accessing, (pre-)processing and visualisation has been increased and brought intended added value for the (near real-time) decision making process.

Keywords: Modelling, GIS, standards, OGC, automation