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S27-01 GIS-based data integration for mapping paleoenvironments

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GIS-based data integration for mapping paleoenvironments

Christian Willmes, Daniel Becker, Michael Märker, Volker Hochschild, G. Bareth

Maps depicting environments as they were in a certain time of the past, are a very useful tools for researchers working on questions concerning these time periods. Those paleoenvironment maps contextualize data in a defined spatio-temporal frame. For example, to visualize an archaeological finds database containing data of the Alleröd-Interstadial time period, it is desirable to contextualize the find sites on a map displaying according topographic features like glaciation extends and coast lines, and if possible climatic and vegetation regimes of the given time in the region of interest. 
Paleoenvironmental studies, and according facts (data) are abundantly published in the scientific record. But GIS based paleoenvironmental datasets are relatively scarce. For the here presented project, we present how to acquire and produce GIS datasets from published non-GIS based facts and informations, such as analogous maps, textual informations or figures of scientific publications, and collect them in a database. This database consists of the metadata describing the paleoenvironmental data sources, that allows to query for spatial and temporal features.
This way we aim to make more paleoenvironmental data accessible for GIS based analyses and map creation. Another benefit of the GIS approach is the access to well developed data exchange and data integration techniques, known as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Open Web Services (OWS). 
Based on these OGC OWS a collaboration (MÄRKER ET AL. 2015) between the CRC806-Database (WILLMES ET AL. 2014) and ROCEEH ROAD (MÄRKER ET AL. 2009) is setup, to exchange GIS data. The presentation will detail technicals of the collaboration between ROAD and CRC806-Database, and will show the data collection workflows and details of data management, as well es some paleoenvironment maps, that were produced in this endeavour. 

MÄRKER, M., KANAEVA, Z. & HOCHSCHILD, V. (2009): Multidisciplinary Integrative Georelational Database for Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Expansion Dynamics of Early Humans. In: FRISCHER B. & GUIDI, G.: Proceedings of CAA, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. 18.-22.03.2009.
MÄRKER, M., WILLMES, C., HOCHSCHILD, V., BARETH, G. (2015): How to exchange data between DB Systems on Early Humans. A case study based on the SFB 806 DB and the ROCEEH ROAD system. CRC806-Database, University of Cologne, DOI: 10.5880/SFB806.11
WILLMES, C., KÜRNER, D. AND BARETH, G. (2014), Building Research Data Management Infrastructure using Open Source Software. Transactions in GIS, 18: 496–509. doi: 10.1111/tgis.12060.


Volker Hochschild

Head of Geoinformatics, University of Tübingen

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Christian Willmes

Researcher, University of Cologne

Wednesday March 30, 2016 15:30 - 15:55 CEST
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