WAVE Seminar Geodesign Tutorials

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"Geodesign is changing geography by design.” Steinitz 2010
"Geodesign is a design and planning method which tightly couples the creation of a design proposal with impact simulations informed by geographic context and systems thinking normally supported by digital technology.”

Flaxman 2010, amended by Stephen Ervin

In other words, geodesign is a participatory planning approach, which is based on 1) Thinking in scenarios 2) Informing the workshop process through geoinformation 3) Conducting a structured process with diagram creation, synthesis, assessment and negotiations. For an outlook into the future of geodesign, please refer to the following video of a keynote by Jack Dangermond in 2020:

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Open Geodata Theory

An introductory lecture about "open geodata" is under construction. Until then, I would like to refer you to the following, excellent (but partly in German) open online course, which is funded by the German government: OpenGeoEdu

Open Geodata on Watersheds in Europe

Copernicus Europe´s Eyes on Service

Open access data overlay in QGIS

Copernicus land services need both satellite images and in-situ data in order to create reliable products and services.

Satellite imagery forms the input for the creation of many information products and services, such as land cover maps or high resolution layers on land cover characteristics. Having all the satellite imagery available to cover 39 countries of EEA (EEA39), the individual image scenes have been processed into a seamless pan-European ortho-rectified mosaics. The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service also provides access to Sentinel-2 Global Mosaic service.

EU-DEM is a pan-European digital surface model and EU-Hydro provides a photo-interpreted river network and a modelled drainage network for EEA39 countries.

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OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative "Citizen Science" project to create open source editable maps. Completeness and accuracy of the data vary across different regions but generally, they are not worse than most commercial products as several studies showed. Using the geofabrik download service, it is particularly easy to extract building footprints, roads, waterways and much more as Shapefiles (.shp) for the use in ArcGIS or QGIS.

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Access to digital data, figures and facts about existing websites of the federal government, the states and the river basin communities. Link to Wasser-DE, the central information node for water management in Germany

StoryMaps as interactive visual tools to Storytelling in Geodesign

Landing page of StoryMap about the heathland north of Munich (Schroth 2020)

ESRI Story Map is a tool for the presentation of interactive online maps based on geospatial data as narrative and enriched with various visual media by ESRI. Previous research suggests that this presentation form has high potentials to facilitate the understanding of complex spatial topics. Although the code is not open source, the use is for free.

Selected examples of StoryMaps addressing landscape questions

Ecopolitical Story Maps Collection

2020 StoryMaps Competition Award Winners

National Geographic Explorer StoryMaps

Komm mit in die Heide! - A StoryMap about the heather landscape north of Munich

Getting started with StoryMaps

A basic guide to using the StoryMaps Editor

StoryMaps Resources to Creating Your Own StoryMap


Schroth, O., & Mertelmeyer, L. (2020). Telling the Story of a Landscape Plan Online Literature: Representing Landscape Planning. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 5, 558–566. https://doi.org/10.14627/537690057

Geodesignhub as process-oriented collaborative tool for geodesign workshops

Screenshot of the Heidelberg Green Belt project in geodesignhub (Schroth 2020)

Geodesignhub is a map-based project management software that facilitates negotiations and implementation of negotiated outcomes. It was implemented by Hrishi Ballal, PhD student of Carl Steinitz, and allows any maps of the project area to be seen at several scales with prepared underlying data. On this basis, policies and projects can be located and designed collaboratively in the form of simple diagrams. Geodesignhub