Student Geodesy, Geography or similar: Optimization of an Landform Analysis Tool

Your mission:

In recent years various approaches for classifying digital surface models were developed. One of these algorithms is the so called topographic position index. The results of this algorithm are used for describing and explaining different real world phenomena, like the movement of wildlife or the position of archeological sites. In order to achive good classification results, different parameters and extensions have to be taken into account, for example:

  • Topography of area of interest
  • Geometric resolution of digital surface model
  • Different radii for kernel map
  • Extension of algorithm with slope angles 

The goal of this thesis is to analyze and extend an existing algorithm. The result of the classification shall determine regions, which are strongly endangered by extreme rains and wind speeds  due to their spatial exposition. Statistical analysis of the classification results has to be done, using different data sources and data types. Programming work has to be done in Python.


  • Get an overview of the classification algorithm and the parameters used
  • Search and analyze multiple data sources for the specific task, like meteorological data, geomorphological data, and evaluate the results of the algorithm with these data
  • Create a classified terrain map, which shows endangered regions, based on statistical analysis

Your qualifications:

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Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

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DLR Remote Sensing Technology Institute

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Peter Fischer

Remote Sensing Technology Institute Tel: +49 8153 28-1561

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