Master level course in Physical Geography at Marburg University

One could claim that the fact living on the surface of the earth and only get to know a small space through direct personal experience is the most important motivation for most of the geographic work. Compensation for this lack of direct experience has been and is being made, especially in scientific geography, with the help of efficient spatio-temporal techniques of abstraction.

Knowledge of spatial and/or temporal aspects of our environment is increasingly in demand for action-relevant relationships. Whether we ask as tourists, consumers, producers or planners spatial information, or even knowledge.

Geographic Information Science (GIS) is based on versatile and powerful software tools that are used in modeling, analysis, data mining merging and numerous other spatio-temporal applications. Nevertheless the most powerful tool is our mind developing the concepts and developing the necessary algorithms.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this course you should be able

  • to understand, adapt and develop geographic information science methods
  • to design workflows suitable to solve common spatio temporal data-related issues
  • to deploy your workflows using geo-information science tools, R scripts and collaborative code management platforms for task management and issue tracking
  • to critically evaluate your spatiao-temporal analysis
  • to communicate your workflow and analysis results

Preparation and prerequisites

The courses assumes basic knowledge and skills in R Remote Sensing and GIS.

It is intended as a blended learning module in our study program although the provided introductions, explanations and examples might be useful for self-study, too. Data and examples in this course focus on Marburg Open Forest - the open research and learning forest of Marburg University - and are related to the LOEWE Priority Programm Nature 4.0.


The graded course certificate will be based on a portfolio hosted as a repository on GitHub. The individual portfolio items are defined in the respective course assignments along with the information if they will be marked or not. Marked portfolio items encompass the presentation and peer-review the paper which inform about the results of two problem solving assignments related to the computation and analysis of the remote sensing and geographic information systems products.


Chris Reudenbach

Marburg University


Thomas Nauss

Marburg University

Chris Reudenbach

Marburg University