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 Aalborg University'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.


Application deadline for MSc students starting in Autumn 2017 is on April 1st More

11. January 2017

The deadline for applications to our MSc program in Geoinformatics is on April 1st, 2017, for students starting in Autum 2017. Read about our program and find out how to apply on the AAU website.

Project BONUS BASMATI will be funded, starting 1. July 2017 More

15. November 2016

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) requires a spatially explicit framework for decision-making. The objective of the project is to develop integrated and innovative solutions for MSP 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. The project builds upon existing knowledge, identifies and involves relevant actors as well as addresses different spatial scales ranging from local, national to the macro-regional level. Specific objectives are to: a) analyse governance systems and their information needs regarding MSP in the BSR for developing an operational, transnational model for MSP, while maintaining compliance with existing governance systems; b) develop methods and tools for assessments of different plan proposals based on an approach including spatially explicit pressures and effects on maritime ecosystem services; c) create a spatial data infrastructure for the BSR facilitating broad access to information; d) design and develop an innovative web-based decision support system providing easy access to information through intelligent discovery. The impact of the project is facilitated and assessed in transnational case studies, where integrated solutions are required – e.g. the Fehmarn Belt, and the Gulf of Finland.

19 new students starting in Autumn 2016 More

1. Septemer 2016

We are happy to welcome 19 new students to our MSc program in Geoinformatics. This year's crowd is very international again, with students from Australia, Greece, Brazil, to name but a few.


Henning Sten Hansen

Henning Sten Hansen

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Lise Schrøder

Lise Schrøder

Associate Professor
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Carsten Keßler

Carsten Keßler

Associate Professor
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Jamal Jokar Arsanjani

Jamal Jokar Arsanjani

Assistant Professor
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Morten Fuglsang

Morten Fuglsang

External Lecturer
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Ongoing projects

  • 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.