Gambling Ghanaians

Posted on Mar 5, 2017

In recent years, gaming and betting bars have become an omnipresent feature in the typical formation of commercial and residential areas in Cologne. The shady bars and studios even tend to replace well running restaurants and other businesses and sometimes one might wonder how the inflationary increase of businesses is profitable. Nevertheless, in the last …

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Msitu iko wapi? – 2

Posted on Jan 11, 2016

Classifying Landsat data is a well proven approach of extracting land use classes from satellite frequency bands. This post of the series will present how you can use QGIS to perform this work flow, visualize my results and also jump into a first discussion of data and methodological issues. Due to the high fragmentation of farms, …

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Msitu iko wapi? – 1

Posted on Dec 17, 2015

Msitu iko wapi is Kiswahili and means ‘Where is the forest?’ It fits well to introduce my upcoming series as I am currently working on a project to practice my abilities of utilizing satellite data. I expect to publish several posts covering the project in the coming weeks. I will be using Landsat 5 and Landsat 8 …

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A climate comparison

Posted on Sep 8, 2015

Most outdoor activities are influenced by the climate conditions and so is trekking and camping. In March 2015 we walked the European hiking trail E6 from Ljubljana, Slovenia to Rijeka, Croatia. The weather in early spring was quite challenging as we were walking with a lot of equipment, slept in tents and cooked with our stuff. …

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Mapping for Nepal

Posted on Aug 15, 2015

After the devastating earthquakes close to Kathmandu, Nepal, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team once again activated mappers from all over the world to create basemap data and to analyze the earthquakes’ impacts. To support the project and contribute data, we were able to host a mapathon at the Institute of Geography – University of Cologne. We …

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Beep…Beep…Beeeeeeeee

Posted on Aug 14, 2015

When a heart stops beating (asystole), there are only few minutes left for reanimation. The last effort to come back to life is much more successful when using a defibrillator or done by experts. Recently, there were several defibrillators installed in Cologne that can be operated even by an amateur and should increase the survival …

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