Mapping the (un)measurable – knowledge through spatial integration

Global challenges require an advanced spatial and integrated understanding of potential harm. To measure, monitor and represent the constantly increasing complexity of environmental and societal processes, ‘Integrated Spatial Indicators’ (ISI) develops innovative spatial methods, which consider true spatial characteristics, as well as quantitative and qualitative notions.

ISI aims to identify patterns and integrates holistic approaches. We contribute to the required transformation of human society towards sustainability, equality and evenly shared well-being and happiness.

GIScience:   Integrated Spatial Indicators   |   Spatial Analysis   |   Earth Observation   |   Visualization and Knowledge Transfer
Themes:   Risk and Vulnerability Assessments   |   Disaster Risk Reduction   |   Climate Change Adaptation   |   Public Health

The research area “‘integrated spatial indicators” (ISI) develops methods to spatially represent multi-dimensional and complex phenomena at different spatial and temporal scale levels. The aim is to develop new indicator-based approaches, which consider true spatial distributions, are hierarchical and decomposable, but also provide an integrated view of a specific phenomenon. ISI builds on new and established concepts in GIScience, such as object-based analysis, composite indicator development, systems thinking as well as spatial statistics and analysis.

Benefits will arise from a new way of approaching multi-faceted challenges in the context of disaster risk reduction, public health, landscape ecology and quality of life. Building on, but not limited to these application domains, it will provide decision makers with relevant tools to tackle the “big picture” rather than looking at isolated aspects only. Current and future activities create a sound conceptual approach for integrated spatial indicators, enhance associated workflows and tools, and develop concepts for visual and cartographic exploration.

A key interest of ISI is to engage with a number of different users, ranging from scientific partners, to the private sector towards NGOs and governmental as well as international organisations (UN etc.). ISI has research and project experience in African, Asian, Latin American and European countries.

Dr. Stefan Kienberger
Coordinator ‘Integrated Spatial Indicators’ @ Z_GIS

ISI supports and is partner of :

ISI is founding member of the INQUIMUS workshop series:

ISI supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals ( and contributes through its work to the specific goals:

  • SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development