4D-EARTH aims at solving societal en environmental problems on related to earth resources management, exploration and exploitation, natural hazards and disaster risk management, by combining knowledge on earth surface and geological processes with relevant geo-information.

Acquisition and quality of geo-spatial information (ACQUAL)

Developments in sensor and web technology have led to an increase in earth observation data from many sensors. Advanced methodology is needed to make the most out of the data and to integrate the large amounts of data such that they are easily and rapidly available for decision making. For more information about ACQUAL visit their website.

Forest Agriculture and Environment in the Spatial Sciences (FORAGES)

The Department of Natural Resources comprises three knowledge clusters: Agriculture; Environment and Forestry with a focus on biodiversity, food security and forest biomass. The mission is the sustainable management and meeting of societal needs from the green cover (biosphere) by applying and developing geo-information, earth observation and spatio-temporal analytical tools. Spatial information is used to assess, monitor, plan and manage natural resources. Cross-cutting topics include human impacts as well as technology applications including hyperspectral remote sensing, physical modeling, infrastructure (cloud computing, wireless etc.) as well as sensor networks. NRS is active in spatial environmental health as well as natural resource security. For more information about FORAGES have a look at their website.

Spatio-temporal analytics, maps and processing (STAMP)

The research within Spatio-temporal analytics, maps and processing (STAMP) is concerned with the following question: How to process spatio-temporal data through cycles of analysis and visualization into valuable and accessible geo-information that can be used to improve our understanding of complex and dynamic processes to support decision-making at a variety of scales and of use and user contexts?

Water Cycle and Climate (WCC)

Water, food and energy security and environmental safety are key challenges to our societies. “Information on water quantity and quality and their variation is urgently needed for national policies and management strategies, as well as for UN conventions on climate and sustainable development, and the achievement of the Millennium Goals”. For more information have a look at the Water Cycle and Climate website.