Modellierung dynamischer und räumlicher Prozesse

Winter Semester 2009/2010

Lecture material


  1. The full course will be graded by a single mark.
  2. The grade will be computed from the final test (50%) and the assignment (50%).
  3. Presence during exercises or lectures is recommended, but not compulsory.
  4. In order to pass you need: 50% of hand ins (where only correct submissions or serious attempts count), hand in the assignment within 14 days after the last day of the Vorlesungszeit, and have at least a 4.0 as test grade.
  5. Hand-in time for the exercises is Monday, 10:00, following the day that the exercises are dealt with in class.
  6. Exercises will be corrected randomly (i.e., not all of them).
  7. Details about the assignment/mini project will follow.

Lecture slides

Lecture slides are found here; the file is updated shortly before each lecture.

Exercise material

The exercises use the open source statistical environment R (an implementation of the S language for data analysis). You can find introductory/tutorial material through its respective web sites.

Austal2000 material

Exercise and model input are found here


If needed, these two books can be borrowed from me.

Data and scripts


The test will be held Tue, 02.02.2010 10:00 s.t., Seminar room, third floor, ifgi 2.0 Weseler Str. 253 (where the lecture is held).


Hand-in deadline is Mar 15, 2010 12:00 (will be handled strictly).

The assignment will be a written report of max 5 pages (regular fonts/margins/page size, including figures and/or tables) on a modelling topic taken from the list with suggestions below, or otherwise approved by me. The minimum requirements are (i) data should be analyzed, and (ii) the analysis should explicitly address spatial variation, temporal variation, or spatio-temporal variation.

The written report should include an introduction, a central research question, a description of the data, a description of the analysis and the results, and concluding remarks answering the central research question. Write in scientific style. It is allowed to do the research in couples, but the written report should be made individually. German is allowed, English is encouraged (but does give bonus points). If you have used R, please attach the R script used as appendix (additional to the max. 5 pages).

For each topic: take care that you do not compute Euclidian distances based on long/lat coordinates. See the KML example in the exercises on how to (re)project data.

list with possible topics: