Universität Innsbruck

Summer School 
Sensing Mountains – Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2024

The main goal of the Summer School is to provide participants with innovative practical and methodological skills to characterize complex terrain and object features using close range and remote sensing techniques for investigating mountain phenomena.

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Certificate of the University of Innsbruck

7 days / 5 ECTS-Credits

22.09.2024 - 28.09.2024
(Final agreement by the Senate of the University of Innsbruck pending)

500 EUR
(subject to change)


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Qualification profile

  • learning of innovative practical and methodological skills
  • characterize complex terrain and object features using close range and remote sensing techniques
  • interdisciplinary set-up for investigating mountain phenomena
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Target group

  • students of the University of Innsbruck
  • students from university of the AURORA network
  • students of any other institution of higher education in and outside Austria
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  • completed master degree
  • motivation letter
  • one page CV
  • abstract of the participants‘ current work
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Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Martin Rutzinger

Department of Geographie
Innrain 52f, 7th floor
6020 Innsbruck

+43 512 507-54050 alpine-research-2022@uibk.ac.at

Magnus Bremer (PhD)

Andreas Mayr (PhD)

Thomas Zieher (PhD)

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle

Anders Katharina (MSc)

Assoc. Prof. Roderik Lindenbergh

Assoc. Prof. Francesco Pirotti

Assoc. Prof. Marco Scaioni

Ass. Prof Sander Oude Elberink

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anette Eltner


22.9. – 28.9.2024


  • Theoretical lectures will be complemented by fieldwork assignments and hands-on data processing sessions using different novel software. The assignments will be divided into two different tracks, one focusing on mountain research, the other on sensor and data processing techniques.A variety of sensor systems will be available for data acquisition in the high mountain surroundings of the summer school venue, including terrestrial laser scanners, remotely piloted aircraft systems and spectral cameras.
  • A poster session on the participants' current research interests and work will stimulate open exchange and discussion between students and lecturers in a relaxed atmosphere. Thematic focus will be on mountain research including geomorphology, vegetation characterization and natural hazard research.
  • Technical focus will be on sensor and data aspects, such as sensor modelling, calibration, data acquisition, 2D and 3D data fusion, methods for information extraction from point clouds and (multispectral) images and data quality assessment. Theoretical focus will address critical steps within a processing chain, such as impact of registration, choice of stand points during data acquisition and derivation of deformation vectors, change detection, time series analysis, issues related to multispectral image analysis, etc.
  • Practical exercises using predominantly open source software, deepen the conveyed knowledge and help all participants establish a workflow for their research.


University Centre Obergurgl
Gaisbergweg 5
6456 Obergurgl


General Information for Course Registration.

The participants have to take care of their insurances
(health, accident and liability insurance) themselves.

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