Christoph Traun

Christoph Traun
Director of studies UNIGIS professional

Schillerstr. 30, 5020 Salzburg
Tel.: +43/0662/8044-7519

Research Interests

Cartography and Geovisualisation, spatial analytics, (online)-Didactics


Teaching at the University of Salzburg:

  • WT 11, ST 13, ST 14, ST 15, ST 16, ST 17, ST18, ST19, ST20, ST21: Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization (lecture)
  • ST20, ST21: Visual and Spatial Analytics (lecture & lab)
  • ST20, ST21: Spatial Reference Systems, topographic Maps and aerial Images (lab)
  • WT 13, WT 14, WT 15, WT 16, WT17, WT18, WT19, WT20: Geo-Communication (proseminar)
  • WT 16, ST 17, WT17, ST18, WT18: Thematic Cartography for Teachers (lab)
  • ST 07, ST 08, ST 09, WT 10, WT 11, WT 12: Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization (lab)
  • WS 02, WS 03, WS 04: “Academic Work” (lab)
  • UNIGIS lecturer on spatial analysis (since 2005)

Project related training workshops, seminars and Summerschools in Salzburg, Tashkent, Almaty, Krakow, Bishkek and Phuentsholing covering the following topics:

  • GIS in environment
  • spatial analysis
  • surface models
  • cartography & 3d visualization
  • coordinate systems and projections


Award for Excellence in Teaching 2015 (together with my collegue Martin Loidl) granted by the University of Salzburg. 


  • Traun, C., M.L. Schreyer & G. Wallentin (2021): Empirical Insights from a Study on Outlier Preserving Value Generalization in Animated Choropleth Maps. In: ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 10 (4), 208.  link
  • Traun, C. (2018): Impulse aus der Praxis –Bereicherung von Forschung und Lehre aus berufsbegleitenden GI-Bildungsangeboten. In: Kersten, T.P., E. Gülch, J. Schiewe, T.H. Kolbe, U. Stilla (Hrsg.), 38. Wissenschaftlich-Technische Jahrestagung der DGPF und PFGK18 Tagung in München – Publikationen der DGPF, Band 27: 461-464.  pdf
  • Traun, C. & C. Mayrhofer (2018): Complexity reduction in choropleth map animations by autocorrelation weighted generalization of time-series data. In: Cartography and Geographic Information Science 45 (3), 221-237.  link
  • Traun, C., H. Klug & B. Burkhard (2017): Mapping Techniques. In: Burkhard, B. & J. Maes (Eds.): Mapping Ecosystem Services., Pensoft Publishing: 55-62.  link
  • Loidl, M., Traun, C., Wallentin, G. (2016): Spatial patterns and temporal dynamics of urban bicycle crashes – A case study from Salzburg (Austria). In: Journal of Transport Geography 52, 38-50.  link
  • Traun, C. (2016): Statistik in Karten – Flächenkartogramme verstehen. In: Gryl, I. (Hrsg.): Reflexive Kartenarbeit. Methoden und Aufgaben, Westermann Verlag: 60-80.  pdf
  • Traun, C. (2015): Wahrnehmungsorientierte Kartengestaltung. In: Hennig, S. (Hrsg.): Online-Karten im Fokus. Praxisorientierte Entwicklung und Umsetzung., Wichmann Verlag: 71-88.  pdf
  • Wallentin, G., B. Hofer & C. Traun (2015), Assessment of workforce demands to shape GIS&T education. In: Transactions in GIS 19 (3), 439-454.  link
  • Traun C. (2013). Digital = Different? New Purposes of Maps. In: A. Chymyrov & A. Assylbekova (Eds). Proceedings of the 7th Central Asia GIS Conference – GISCA’13., 33-40.  pdf
  • Traun C., T. Jekel, M. Loidl, R. Vogler, N. Ferber & I. Gryl (2013). Neue Forschungsansätze der Kartographie und ihr Potential für den Unterricht. In: GW-Unterricht 129, 5–17.  pdf
  • Traun, C. & Loidl, M. (2013). Cartography rocks! – Eine Wissenschaft im Wandel. In: Koch, A., Bill, R. & Donaubauer, A. eds. 18. Münchner Fortbildungsseminar des Runden Tisch GIS, München: Wichmann, 61-71.
  • Loidl, M. & C. Traun (2013): The effect of ACRC on the results of cartographic classification depending on spatial autocorrelation. In: International Journal of Geoinformatics 9(2), p. 29-36.  pdf
  • Traun, C. & Loidl, M. (2012): Autocorrelation-Based Regioclassification – A self-calibrating classification approach for choropleth maps explicitly considering spatial autocorrelation. In: International Journal of Geographical Information Science 26(5), 923-939.  pdf
  • Loidl M., Fischer F. & C. Traun (2011): Transactional Map Symbols – At the crossroads of cartography? In: A. Car, G. Griesebner and J. Strobl (Eds.): GI Forum. Salzburg, Wichmann Verlag: 51-61.  pdf
  • Loidl M., Fischer F. & C. Traun (2011): Unveiling the Conceptual Design Framework Behind Transactional Map Symbols. In: A. Schwering, E. Pebesma and K. Behncke (Eds.): Geoinformatik 2011 “Geochange”. Münster, AKA Verlag: 229-236.  pdf
  • Traun, C. (2009): Continuing Professional Education Requirements and Offers in GI within Europe. In: Jekel, Koller, Donert (Eds): Learning with Geoinformation IV. -Heidelberg, p. 212-219.  pdf
  • Lindner-Fally, M und C. Traun (2008): VESTA-GIS: Vocational Education and Sectoral Training network on GIS and GI-Application domains. In: Future Prospects in Geography, HERODOT Conference Proceedings, 4-7th Sept. 2008. Liverpool Hope University. Geography in European higher education 7. -Liverpool, S. 93ff.
  • Traun, C. und M. Fally (2007): Problemorientiertes kollaboratives Lernen in online basierten Geoinformatik-Fernstudien. In: T.Jekel, A. Koller, J. Strobl (Hrsg.), Lernen mit Geoinformation II. – Heidelberg, S. 204-215.  pdf