RiCoLa is a joint effort between the Department of Geography and Geology and the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), Austria, and co-led by Günther Prasicek and Daniel Hölbling. The research is supported by several cooperation partners from Austria, Taiwan, New Zealand and Nepal.
The Research Group Geomorphology is part of the Department of Geography and Geology. Research at the department covers a large variety of topics in the natural and social sciences, and is divided in in three working groups. Research in the field of geomorphology focusses on earth surface dynamics and human impacts on landscapes in various environments. The research group applies and develops state-of-the-art lab and field methods and modeling techniques, focusing on the evolution of landscapes, surface and subsurface analysis, process dynamics and dating techniques. Research is embedded into a network of national and international scientists, consulting companies and local authorities.
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.