Thomas Blaschke 2024

Thomas Blaschke
Professor for Geoinformatics | Director Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS

Schillerstrasse 30, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 (0) 662 / 8044 – 7525
Fax.: +43 (0) 662 / 8044 – 7560

Roles and functions

  • Director
  • Head:  GIScience Division
  • Member of Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Chair of PhD curricular committee of DAS Faculty
  • Vice-President Association for Geoinformatics,  GeoIT and Navigation
  • Co‐Chair ISPRS Working  ICWG III/IVb: Remote Sensing Data Quality

Research Interests

Integrating methods and domain knowledge into spatial analysis and GIS-based spatial decision support systems. Technically, I contribute to bridging object-based image analysis and Geographic Information Science (GIScience).


Main PhD supervisions


  • Sepideh Tavakkoli: Data Fusion Scenario to trustworthy spatial modelling of natural hazards
  • Mona Bartling:  The impact of map use context on the design of mobile maps 


  • Sansar Raj Meena: Rapid generation of event-based landslide inventory and susceptibility assessment using state of the art approaches
  • Omid Ghorbanzadeh Evaluation of knowledge-based and machine learning models for Earth Observation and Geoinformatics applications
  • Daniel Hölbling: Object-based image analysis for integrated landslide mapping
  • Thimmaiah Gudiyangada Nachappa: Geoinformatics methods for multi-hazards susceptibility mapping and assessment
  • Lixia Chu: Assessing the influence of human activities on terrestrial environmental variables using big Earth observation data 


  • Lixia Chu: Assessing the influence of human activities on terrestrial environmental variables using big earth observation data
  • Anna Kovács-Győri: Defining and assessing urban livability – A GIScience perspective


  • Emmanuel Papadakis: Bridging place and space in GIScience. Formalization and integration of place in Geographic Information Systems
  • Arthur Lehner: Remote Sensing Derived Building Structure and Parameters for Urban Planning Applications


  • Isabel Georg:  A multi-source Geodata approach to spatially delimit urban corridors – Unified concept and global analysis
  • Gyula Kothencz: Data and information development methodologies for green urban area optimisation


  • Johannes Kapser: Modeling of thermal lifts: Techniques for mining thermal eddies from aerial movement Data
  • Chunzhu Wei: Multi-scale spatial analysis methods from neighborhood to megacity
  • Pablo Cabrera Barona: A multidisciplinary spatial framework for health inequalities analysis with emphasis on deprivation and healthcare accessibility


  • Ivan Tomljenović: Transferable and Robust Building Extraction from Airborne Laser Scanning Data Using Object-Based Image Analysis Paradigm


  • Diana Maria Contreras: Spatial indicators of recovery after earthquakes
  • Eva Haslauer: GIS-based Backcasting: An innovative method for parameterization of sustainable spatial Planning and resource management


  • Michael Hagenlocher: Integrated spatial indicators for modeling, exploring and visualizing vulnerability to vector-borne diseases 
  • Sebastian d’Oleire-Oltmanns: Monitoring soil erosion in the Souss Basin, Morocco, with a multiscale object-based remote sensing approach using UAV and satellite data
  • Bakhtiar Feizizadeh: Uncertainty, sensitivity and fuzzy sets in GIS Multi Criteria Decision Analysis
  • Ingrid Schardinger: Räumliche Modellierung und Optimierung regionaler Energiesysteme


  • Clemens Eisank: An object-based workflow for integrating spatial scale and semantics to derive landforms from Digital Elevation Models


  • Günther Sagl: Spatio-temporal analyses of environmental and social in situ sensor data
  • Lubna Rafiq: Earth observation for disaster risk reduction in Pakistan.


  • Dulal Roy: Flood risk and vulnerability assessment and mitigation plans for Bangladesh – A GIS based approach.
  • Alam Khan: Remote sensing of aerosol characteristics and radiative forcing in Pakistan.
  • John Richard Otukei: Monitoring animal preserves with Radar remote sensing data. A case study of Bwindi Impenetrable National, Uganda.


  • Stefan Kienberger: Spatial vulnerability assessment: methodology for the community and district level applied to floods in Búzi, Mozambique.
  • Dirk Tiede: Bridging remote sensing and GIS – from rapid information extraction to 3D GIS visualisation.


  • Andreas Lermann: Military utilization of satellite navigation for European Armed Forces.


  • Hermann Klug: Holistic landscape planning using a transdisciplinary German speaking Leitbild methodology.


  • Stefan Lang: Image objects and landscape objects. Interpretation, hierarchical representation and significance.
  • Tobias Langanke: Monitoring strategies for European nature conservation. Object based image processing and structural analysis.