Geoinformatics Research Group at Aalborg University Copenhagen

Our group conducts research on geoinformatics and geographic information science in areas such as spatial data infrastructures, geospatial environmental modeling, smart societies, as well as open data and big data. We are part of 's Department of Planning and based on AAU's beautiful Copenhagen campus. Our team participates in trans-European research projects and runs the international Master's program in geoinformatics.


Welcome Lina! More

16. May 2018

We're happy to welcome Lina Eklund, who just started as our new Assistant Professor for Geoinformatics. Lina's research will be primarily in the FLOW project, where she will help us with her expertise in migration.

BalticRIM project joined More

16. January 2018

We have joined the BalticRIM project as partner, which deals with Baltic Sea Region Integrated Maritime Cultural Heritage Management. It is funded by the EC's Interreg Baltic Sea Region program and will run until October 2020.

FLOW project funded More

14. December 2017

Our internal application for the FLOW project has been selected for funding by the AAU rectorate. The transdiciplinary 3-year project will investigate scenarios for global flows of migrants and their impact on North European welfare states.

Welcome Ida! More

26. October 2017

A (slightly belated) welcome to Ida Maria Reiter, who has joined us as PhD student this fall. Her research will focus on different design aspects in regards to designing marine decision support systems with the purpose of supporting ecosystem-based maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea.


Henning Sten Hansen

Henning Sten Hansen


Lise Schrøder

Lise Schrøder

Associate Professor

Carsten Keßler

Carsten Keßler

Associate Professor

Jamal Jokar Arsanjani

Jamal Jokar Arsanjani

Associate Professor

Lina Eklund

Lina Eklund

Assistant Professor

Ida Maria Reiter

Ida Maria Reiter

PhD Student

Tinsley Wolfs

Tinsley Wolfs

Research Assistant


Ongoing projects

  • FLOW

    The goal of FLOW is to contribute systematic and interdisciplinary analyzes of: 1) migrant flows of the future, especially as consequences of climate change; 2) the impact of immigration on developed northern European welfare states; and 3) opportunities for improving both the socio-economic and socio-cultural integration of immigrants. Financed by the AAU strategic fund, 2018–2020.
  • BalticRIM

    BalticRIM will analyse the relationship between Maritime Cultural Heritage and Maritime Spatial Planning. On regional level the two stakeholder groups will collaborate to find out more about minimum criteria. Different classifying types of heritage sites will be elaborated for solid planning. Databases will be compared and improved for a better knowledge of each other's approach. Financed by Interreg; 2017–2020.

    The objective of the project is to develop integrated and innovative solutions for Maritime Spatial Planning from the local to the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) scale through a decision-support tool building on interactive information technology, and aiming at informing multi-level governance systems for their management of ecologically and socio-economically sound network of protected marine areas in the Baltic Sea. Funded by BONUS, 2017–2020.
  • Baltic LINes

    The project seeks to increase transnational coherence of shipping routes and energy corridors in Maritime Spatial Plans in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). This will prevent cross border mismatches and secures transnational connectivity, as well as efficient use of Baltic Sea space. Funded by Interreg, 2016–2019.
  • NorthSee

    The NorthSEE project aims to achieve greater coherence in Maritime Spatial Planning (processes) and in Maritime Spatial Plans (capturing synergies and preventing incompatibilies. It also aims at creating better conditions for sustainable development of the area in the fields of shipping, energy and environment protection. Funded by Interreg, 2016–2019.

    The challenges related to data volume, variety and velocity are similar in astronomy and Earth observations, with computer science as the common denominator. The BIG SKY EARTH Action aims at boosting the communication within and between disciplines by identifying and clustering relevant common solutions developed within research and industrial environments. These solutions can be aided by methodologies and tools for large distributed data management and processing, developed by computer scientists in academia or industry. COST Action, 2014–2018

Completed projects

  • GI-N2K

    GI-N2K aims to answer the question on how the education and vocational training in the domain of GI S&T can match with the actual job requirements in the job market. GI-N2K builds upon the existing Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge (GI S&T BoK) that was developed by the American University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. The BoK’ will be updated and brought into line with the new technological developments and the European perspective (e.g. importance of INSPIRE in Europe). The renewed BoK will apply an ontological approach and will take the form of a dynamic e-platform (wiki-based format) including tools to use, explore the BoK, to define curricula, training opportunities and courses and to define job profiles. Funded by the ERASMUS Lifelong Learning Programme, 2013–2016

    BLAST - Bringing Land and Sea Together - was a regional project for better integration of information across the coastal margin in the North Sea region. Over three years, 17 partners from 7 countries, including governmental organisations, universities and private companies, collaborated on the harmonisation and integration of land and sea data. Funded by INTERREG, 2009–2012.

    The project WATERPRAXIS – From theory and plans to eco-efficient and sustainable practices to improve the status of the Baltic Sea – aimed to improve the status of the Baltic Sea by assisting the implementation of river basin management plans into practice in the region. Funded by the Interreg IVB Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007–2013, finalized in 2012.

    Ex-ante impact assessment is increasingly used to facilitate policy-making for sustainable development. SENSOR was an integrated project designed to substantiate the impact assessment process. It brought together 39 research partners from 15 European countries, China, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. SENSOR developed a broad view across policy arenas and land use sectors, which allows the user to simulate the impacts of fundamental changes of policy orientation, such as the complete redirection of Common Agricultural Policy financial support towards research and development. Funded by EU FP 6, 2004–2009.

Study Geoinformatics @ AAU CPH


The two year Master of Science program in Geoinformatics at Aalborg University Copenhagen is directed at students with a bachelor’s degree in surveying, land management, urban planning, environmental planning, geography or study programs with similar contents interested in understanding the concepts and obtaining the necessary skills to manage various kinds of digital geographic information. Our goal is to introduce graduate students to the potentials of modern geographic information technology to strengthen their professional approach to solving real world problems in their specific field of interest. The program is conducted in English and traditionally attracts a very international group of students. They are introduced to geoinformatics by participating in project works (50%) and course works (50%), following AAU's problem-based learning approach. Furthermore the educational programme offers the opportunity of an internship or/and an external study during the 3rd semester.

Study Program

1. Semester

The first semester in the program covers the courses Geospatial Information Technology and Modern Data Acquisition Technologies, followed by a group project in the area of GI Technology and information Systems. Students not familiar with problem-based learning participate in a short introductory course before the projects start. The semester description contains more details on which topics the courses cover, workload, etc.

2. Semester

The second semester starts off with courses on Geocomputation and Spatial Analytics and Geovisualisation, followed by a group project in the area of GI – Integration, Applications and Society. In the second half of the semester, students also start contacting companies to make arrangements for the internships in the following semester. See the semester description for details on the second semester.

3. Semester

The third semester is dedicated to professional development. Most students complete an internship in a company or administration office. These internships often lead to further cooperation on a thesis topic and eventually employment. Alternatively, it is also possible to conduct a long, 1-year thesis.

4. Semester

In the final semester of the program, students complete their Master's thesis project. The goal is to demonstrate that the students can independently address a research question in a scientific manner. The program ends with the oral exams on the thesis at the end of June, followed by the graduation ceremony shortly after.


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