Project in a Nutshell

MontEO is a joint effort between the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), Austria, the Austrian Tourists’ Club (Österreichischer Touristenklub – ÖTK), the German Alpine Association (Deutscher Alpenverein e.V. – DAV), Germany, and MJP Ziviltechniker GmbH, Austria, and led by Florian Albrecht. The research is supported by several cooperation partners from Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

The Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS is an interdisciplinary department dedicated to fundamental and applied research, integrated spatial analysis, outreach activities, and education. Z_GIS focuses on satellite remote sensing, image analysis, GIS, spatial modelling, digital cartography and GI-based communication. By fostering new technologies for Earth Observation (EO) based analysis, spatial decision support and policy implementation Z_GIS is actively promoting the European Copernicus programme. The landslide research group, as part of the object-based image analysis (OBIA) lab, deals with the development of semi-automated OBIA methods for detecting and classifying landslides by the integrated use of optical, radar and DEM data, the development of web-based tools for landslide investigation, and the spatio-temporal monitoring and modeling of surface morphology changes.

The Austrian Tourists’ Club ÖTK was founded in 1869 and is the third largest alpine association in Austria. With its sections, the ÖTK is active in Austria and its neighbouring countries. The ÖTK operates 60 mountain huts and, in Austria, takes the responsibility for almost 20,000 km of hiking trails. Further, the ÖTK operates a mountaineering school, an event centre and the largest climbing hall in the city centre of Vienna. The ÖTK sections perform the management and maintenance of their alpine infrastructure of trails and huts, with volunteered activity from trail and hut keepers

The German Alpine Association DAV is the largest mountaineering club of the world. With their 1.2 million members, they are one of the largest sports and nature conservation associations in Germany. The DAV maintains mountain trails in the Bavarian and Austrian Alps and is responsible for a trail network of approximately 15,000 km hiking and mountaineering trails in 142 work districts in Austria. The DAV division for huts and trails (Ressort Hütten und Wege) manages the trail maintenance and supports the DAV sections in their maintenance work. They generally achieve this with volunteer activity from trail and hut keepers. The support is not only in securing of funding but also in the provision of supporting tools for trail management. The DAV division also contributes to the improvement of maintenance activities, e.g. by providing material like the guidelines for the trail keepers (Wegehandbuch der Alpenvereine).

MJP Ziviltechniker GmbH is a state authorised and court-sworn civil engineer company for geology and hydrogeology, geotechnics, structural engineering, natural hazards and environment. Among others, the company is specialised in the field of gravitational mass movements, especially in rockfalls and debris flows. The company is located in Gmunden (OÖ), Saalfelden and Oberalm (SBG) and operates in Austria and internationally, for example in Germany, Indonesia, and Thailand.

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