Climate Protection and Humanitarian Aid: Support from Geoinformatics


The climate crisis is the greatest challenge facing us today. Humankind is struggling with the consequences of climate change for the environment and for society around the globe. Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more severe, and are causing humanitarian crises on a global scale. Government institutions and humanitarian organizations need information on specific local situations that is as detailed as possible: Only then can they deploy their resources efficiently and initiate preventive measures – especially when it comes to protecting vulnerable population groups. Integrating locally specific data and technologies into important decision-making processes can significantly help to make societies more resilient to the challenges of climate change and, not least, reduce the impact of natural disasters.

In this lecture, examples from cooperation with international aid organizations in crisis situations were presented that highlight the relevance of the intelligent interaction of geographical data regarding climate change, critical infrastructures, and the affected population.


Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf studied mathematics and geography at Heidelberg University, where he received his doctorate in 2000. After holding positions at the universities of Mainz and Bonn, in 2010 he was appointed to the Chair of Geoinformatics at his alma mater. Since 2019, he has been Scientific Director of the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology.


Facts in Domhof Hall
September 23, 2023, 6 p.m.
Domhof Hall of the City of Lademburg
-Public lecture-

Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf
University of Heidelberg