Research

The interdisciplinary research performed by the Geomatics at UWB focuses on both applied and basic research.

Applied Research

The research group provides applied and interdisciplinary research in different thematic areas. The disciplines include geography, astronomy, geophysics, informatics, cybernetics and mathematics. The key thematic areas include:

  • spatial and urban planning and smart cities,
  • transport planning including smart mobility,
  • agriculture and precision/autonomous farming,
  • landscape and rural development,
  • cultural heritage including historical maps,
  • environmental protection, disaster management and climate change.

The research group …

  • spatial data modelling including 3D (https://kgm.zcu.cz/aktualni-projekty/3dgis/),
  • spatial data processing including big data,
  • spatial data harmonisation and integration following the following standardisation initiatives:
    • INSPIRE
    • ISO
    • OGC
    • W3C
  • SDI building following the INSPIRE, Copernicus and GEOSS initiatives,
  • spatial data analysis and visualisations (cartographic design and online publication),
  • open geographic data publication.

Basic Research

The basic research is predominantly in the area of geophysical modelling, in particular Earth’s gravity field modelling. The study of the external Earth’s gravity field is one of the key pillars of modern geodesy. Knowledge of the Earth’s gravity field plays an important role in geosciences, e.g. in the study of the structure and dynamics of lithosphere, interpretation of tectonics, changes in sea levels and ocean currents, variations of hydrological conditions in larger streams, melting of icebergs in polar areas and implementation of position-reference systems.

The current priorities of the research team are as follows:

  1. Development of mathematical apparatus for gravity field modelling
  2. Utilisation of terrestrial, aerial and satellite data to model gravity field
  3. Alternative options of gravity field mapping