Environment & Climate

Environment and climate are central themes reported on a daily basis in the media - newspapers, television news or online portals. Since founding this company we have worked on both national and international projects contributing to the protection of people and the environment by the use of GIS and remote sensing methods. Risk analysis, and the preparation of expert reports, especially those relating to climate change and the links to resulting environmental changes and natural disasters, form the basis of our work. In cooperation with scientific institutions and technical partners, we predominantly work on international cooperation projects. A detailed overview of the various projects and clients is included in our references section. For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Scope of services

  • Use of GIS and remote sensing methods in the analysis of environmental topics (environmental protection, monitoring etc.)
  • Vulnerability analyses on environmental and climate change
  • Preparation of terrain models, geomorphological and hydrological analyses using current models and scenarios, 3D and 4D simulations and modeling
  • Analysis of natural hazards, risk management and preparation of expert reports
  • Preparation of topographic and thematic maps including data capture, mapping and monitoring
  • Capacity building and international consulting
  • Web-based visualisation of risk management, implementation of web portals (e.g. Ushahidi etc.)
  • Participation in research projects with respect to geomorphological, hydrological and climate issues

Project Examples

Madagascar Dashboard
PLAE IV, Madagascar - GIS-based identification of intervention zones and impact monitoring of reforestation and erosion safety measures

geoSYS engaged in the development of a forest and risk management system. A smartphone application and a dashboard were developed to let users record, edit and upload spatial and attribute data, as well as visualize existing data. The smartphone application functions offline and data is locally stored in a SQLite / SpatiaLite database that synchronizes with a server-side PostgreSQL / PostGIS database once internet connection is obtained. Once uploaded the data can be visualized, filtered and queries in an online dashboard.

The GIS and analysis part of the project includes remote sensing analysis and classification of selected areas, by paying special attention to forest cover (extensive deforestation) and the directly linked erosion.

The possibilities of data collection, supported by the GIS and remote sensing analyses, make up a powerful monitoring system to identify risks and danger for local populations and natural areas as well as to support reforestation planning. Different groups of users of the mobile application and the dashboard were trained in Antananarivo and surrounding regions, introducing them to real-world scenarios and demonstrating offline functionality and multi-language support.

Client / Project Partners

GFA Consulting Group GmbH, KfW

UNESCO Kafa Biosphere Reserve, Ethiopia

In June 2010, the Biosphere Reserve situated in the southwest highlands of Ethiopia, was officially recognised by UNESCO. The zoning of the biosphere reserve was conducted under patronage of NABU e.V. and with the expertise of geoSYS. The main aim of the project is the protection of the afro-montane cloud forest in the Kafa zone. An emphasis on sustainable forestry management aims to reduce deforestation and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. Protection of the forest also safeguards a considerable carbon storage capacity, and the livelihoods of local residents with respect to the different forestry functions is preserved. The main areas of responsibility of geoSYS in this project include:

  • Analysis of forest coverage („Forest Benchmark Map“, „Change Detection“) with the aid of remote sensing techniques and GIS analyses
  • Analysis of the conflict potential between stakeholders and BR. Conducted with the aid of empirical case studies, workshops and cooperation with local partners
  • Identification of suitable afforestation sites and „action sites“ that are interesting in terms of balancing the carbon cycle. In this respect, remote sensing techniques were used as well as in situ analyses.
  • Training of the people involved in GIS and GPS data capture
  • Preparation of a webmapping application for the project

Client / Project Partners

UNESCO, FAO, Naturschutzbund e.V., GTZ, GEO schützt den Regenwald e.V., Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde

metadata catalogue
Metadata Catalogue for Climate Data in Tunisia

The International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to develop an inventory of methods and tools for identifying and analyzing climate change impacts and prioritizing adaptation needs and measures in cooperation with international partners.

Client / Project Partners


Prebetatest and Betatest for the Climate Information System ci:grasp

ci:grasp, climateimpacts: global and regional adaptation support platform is a web-based climate information service of GIZ and the Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung, who aim to support decision makers and scientists in developing countries with the planning and implementation of suitable adjustment strategies to climate change. Prior to the start of the platform comprehensive tests, such as a pre-Betatest and a Betatest, were carried out. The Betatest comprised of the development of an online-questionnaire and the supervision of approx. 200 Betatests conducted worldwide.

Client / Project Partners

GIZ GmbH, Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung

conservation management QGIS plugin
QGIS Plugin for conservation management agreements for the Landesamt für Umwelt in Brandenburg

geoSYS has created a QGIS plugin for the Landesamt für Umwelt, Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz Brandenburg. The plugin's purpose is the administration of conservation management agreements. This new solution replaces the former PEP-GIS, which had to be used in ArcView.

The following points portray major components or functions of the plugin:

  • Entry and maintainance of conservation management agreements
  • Local saving of data and geometries in a SpatiaLite database
  • Merging and synchronization of multiple local databases
  • Automated and customizable SQL queries
  • Import and export of central databases to local databases
  • Automated creation of PDF documents, based on data entry
  • 1-click creation of maps with point/line/polygon geometries

Client / Project Partners

Landesamt für Umwelt (Brandenburg)

biodiversity hotspots
Mapping and Cartography of Biodiversity Hotspots

Data collection, processing and cartography of biodiversity hotpots in the Tana biosphere preserve. The maps were part of an extensive report covering the state and offering suggestions about the topics of deforestation and ecosystem performance. The project’s infrastructure was Esri-based, including the use of ArcGIS to process data and the use of ArcGIS for Server to publish spatial web services.

Client / Project Partners

NABU International