The first summer school of its kind on Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain took place in Obergurgl, Ötztal Valley, Austria, from July 5 – 11 2015. The event was co-hosted by the ISPRS, the main organizer University of Innsbruck and several other European universities including the GIScience Group of Heidelberg University.
More than 40 participants and more than 10 internationally recognized lecturers and keynote speakers came together in the highest permanent settlement of Austria on ca. 2000 m a.s.l, in order to exchange scientific experiences, recent technological developments and hands-on practice. The participating students performed extraordinary research progress in a very short time. Individual small groups worked e.g. on thermal imaging, terrestrial LiDAR of glaciers, rockglaciers and landslides as well as bathymetric LiDAR, photogrammetry from ground and UAVs.
The Tyrolean newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung (TT) was reporting on our summer school in a short report: http://www.tt.com/panorama/katastrophe/10251350-91/katastrophen-besser-lesen-lernen.csp.
From Heidelberg, Bernhard Höfle was member of the organization committee, Martin Hämmerle and Benjamin Kraus actively participated as student members.
We congratulate Martin Rutzinger for the perfect organization and the successful Summer School in a most beautiful mountain environment.