Geoinformatik / GIS

Dr. Christian Sommer

Geographisches Institut
Universität Tübingen
Rümelinstr. 19-23
D-72070 Tübingen
Westbau 1. OG / Raum W401

Forschungsprojekt ROCEEH: The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans
Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
Hölderlinstr. 12
D-72074 Tübingen
Raum S237


Sprechzeiten: Nach Vereinbarung


2017 - heute
ROCEEH Projekt

Anstellung als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im ROCEEH-Projekt der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaft. Zunächst als Promotionsstudent, jetzt als Post-Doc.

Dr. rer. nat.

Abschluss der Promotion an der Uni Tübingen mit dem Titel: "Reconstruction of the Pleistocene Landscape of Southern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa by means of GIS, Remote Sensing and Geomorphological Techniques".


Abschluss des Masterstudiums "Landscape System Sciences" am Lehrstuhl für Physische Geographie und Geoinformatik der Uni Tübingen.


Abschluss des Bachelorstudiums der Physischen Geographie an der Uni Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.



Eine aktuelle und vollständige Liste aller Publikationen finden Sie unter

Kandel, A. W., Sommer, C., Kanaeva, Z., Bolus, M., Bruch, A. A., Groth, C., Haidle, M. N., Hertler, C., Heß, J., Malina, M., Märker, M., Hochschild, V., Mosbrugger, V., Schrenk, F., & Conard, N. J. (2023). The ROCEEH Out of Africa Database (ROAD): A large-scale research database serves as an indispensable tool for human evolutionary studies. PLOS ONE, 18(8), e0289513.

Fischer, L. M., Sommer, C., & Fitzsimmons, K. E. (2023). An open-source GIS approach to understanding dunefield morphologic variability at Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), Central Australia. Frontiers in Earth Science, 11(1196244).

Dapschauskas, R., Göden, M. B., Sommer, C., & Kandel, A. W. (2022). The Emergence of Habitual Ochre Use in Africa and its Significance for The Development of Ritual Behavior During The Middle Stone Age. Journal of World Prehistory, 35(3), 233–319.

Omran, A., Schröder, D., Sommer, C., Hochschild, V., & Märker, M. (2022). A GIS-based simulation and visualization tool for the assessment of gully erosion processes. Journal of Spatial Science, 0(0), 1–18.

Kandel, A. W., Haidle, M. N., & Sommer, C. (Eds.). (2022). Human Origins – Digital Future: An International Conference about the Future of Archaeological and Paleoanthropological Databases. Propylaeum.

Sommer, C., Kandel, A. W., & Hochschild, V. (2022). The use of prehistoric ‘big data’ for mapping early human cultural networks. Journal of Maps, 18(4), 674–685.

Will, M., Bader, G. D., Sommer, C., Cooper, A., & Green, A. (2022). Coastal adaptations on the eastern seaboard of South Africa during the Pleistocene and Holocene? Current evidence and future perspectives from archaeology and marine geology. Frontiers in Earth Science, 10(964423).

Bader, G. D., Sommer, C., Conard, N. J., & Wadley, L. (2022). The final MSA of eastern South Africa: A comparative study between Umbeli Belli and Sibhudu. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 57(2), 197–238.

Rodríguez, J., Willmes, C., Sommer, C., & Mateos, A. (2022). Sustainable human population density in Western Europe between 560.000 and 360.000 years ago. Scientific Reports, 12(1), Article 1.

Zakerinejad, R., Sommer, C., Hochschild, V., & Maerker, M. (2021). Spatial Distribution of Water Erosion Using Stochastic Modeling in the Southern Isfahan Province, Iran. Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria, 44(2), 183–196.

Hochschild, V., Braun, A., Sommer, C., Warth, G., & Omran, A. (2021). Visualizing Landscapes by Geospatial Techniques. In D. Edler, C. Jenal, & O. Kühne (Eds.), Modern Approaches to the Visualization of Landscapes (pp. 47–78). Springer Fachmedien.

Sommer, C., Braun, A., Hanold, M., Rosner, H.-J., & Hochschild, V. (2020). A Mobile Application to Visualize Historic Land Use along Hiking Trails in Southern Germany. GI_Forum 2020, 8(2), 45–54.

Haidle, M. N., Bolus, M., Bruch, A. A., Hertler, C., Hochschild, V., Kanaeva, Z., Sommer, C., & Kandel, A. W. (2020). Human Origins—Digital Future, an international conference about the future of archeological and paleoanthropological databases. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews, 29(6), 289–292.

Bosino, A., Bernini, A., Botha, G. A., Bonacina, G., Pellegrini, L., Omran, A., Hochschild, V., Sommer, C., & Maerker, M. (2020). Geomorphology of the upper Mkhomazi River basin, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, with emphasis on late Pleistocene colluvial deposits. Journal of Maps, 0(0), 1–12.

Maerker, M., Schillaci, C., Melis, R. T., Kropáček, J., Bosino, A., Vilímek, V., Hochschild, V., Sommer, C., Altamura, F., & Mussi, M. (2019). Geomorphological processes, forms and features in the surroundings of the Melka Kunture Palaeolithic site, Ethiopia. Journal of Maps, 15(2), 797–806.

Kanaeva, Z., Hochschild, V., Märker, M., & Sommer, C. (2018). Digital Data and Tools in Archaeology: The ROCEEH Out of Africa Database (ROAD). GI_Forum 2018, 6(2), 3–12.


Axen, S. D., Gessner, A., Sommer, C., Weitzel, N., & Tejero-Cantero, Á. (2022). Spatiotemporal modeling of European paleoclimate using doubly sparse Gaussian processes (arXiv:2211.08160). arXiv.

Omran, A., Schröder, D., Sommer, C., Hochschild, V., & Maerker, M. (2022). A GIS-based Simulation and Visualization Tool for the Assessment of Gully Erosion Processes. Research Square.

Tagungen und Konferenzen

2023/07 | 21st Conference of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), Rome, IT.

2023/07 | FPCUP Summer-School and Workshop "Copernicus for Cultural Heritage", German Aeorospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, DE. Poster

2023/04 | 50th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Amsterdam, NL. Presentation

2022/08 | 49th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Oxford, UK. Presentation

2022/06 | Joint conference by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte (DGUF) and NFDI4Objects, Franfurt/Main, DE. Presentation

2022/05 | ESA Living Planet Symposium, Bonn, DE. Presentation

2021/11 | Mid European Geomorphology Meeting (MGM 2021), Munich, DE. Presentation

2021/10 | EUROPEANS Workshop "Simulating Human Behavior - Targeted design of agent‐based models", virtual. Presentation

2021/07 | 48th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), virtual. Presentation

2020/10 | Workshop of the Academies' Union, "Fair & Co", virtual. Presentation

2020/06 |  ROCEEH Conference "Human Origins – Digital Future: An International Conference about the Future of Archaeological and Paleoanthropological Databases", virtual. Presentation, Proceedings, Article

2020/05 | EGU Generaly Assembly 2020, virtual. Presentation

2019/04 | 47th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Kraków, PL.

2019/01 | The 22nd conference of the Southern African Society of Quaternary Research (SASQUA), Mossel Bay, ZA.

2018/06 | Symposium for Geographic Information Science (GI_FORUM), Special Session on Digital Humanities, Salzburg, AT.

2018/03 | 46th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Tübingen, DE.

2016/09 | Modelling Environmental Dynamics and Hominin Dispersals Around the Mid-Pleistocene Revolution (METHOD), Sassari, IT.

2016/09 | Jahrestagung der Arbeitskreise „Fernerkundung“ (DGfG) und „Auswertung von Fernerkundungsdaten“ (DGPF), Halle/Saale, DE.

2013-2019 | AGIT Symposium & GI_Forum, Salzburg, AT.


Sommer, C., & Axen, S. D. (2023). Building a consensus model of paleoclimate with machine learning. ROCEEH Newsletter, 22, 8–9.

Sommer, C., Kandel, A. W., & Hochschild, V. (2022). Mapping a macroscale image of prehistoric cultural networks. ROCEEH Newsletter, 21, 2–3.

Sommer, C. (2021). The evolution of the landscape surrounding Sibhudu Cave – and its implications for early occupants. ROCEEH Newsletter, 19, 2–4.

Sommer, C. (2019). Geomorphological field campaign in KwaZulu-Natal (RSA) in spring 2018. ROCEEH Newsletter, 15, 5–6.


Universitäre Lehre

Jährlich wechselnde Kurse an der Uni Tübingen. Da sich die Zuständigkeiten jedes Semester ändern, entnehmen Sie die aktuellen Dozenten bitte direkt der Modulseite.

  • GEO 25: Statistik (B.Sc.)
  • GEO 31: Physische Geographie II: Geländepraktikum (B.Sc.)
  • GEO 51: Integratives Projekt (B.Sc.)
    • 2017: Geomorphologie des Oltrepo-Pavese, Italien
    • 2021: Streuobstwiesen im Klimawandel
  • GEO 54: Geographische Methoden II (B.Sc.)
  • GEO 76: Angewandte Geographische Informationssysteme (M.Sc.)
  • GEO 87: Angewandte Fernerkundung (M.Sc.)

Betreute Abschlusarbeiten

  • Löhle, Vanessa. (2023). The possibilities for supporting the assessment of the ecomorphological status of rivers through the use of UAVs and an object-based image processing approach (OBIA) based on the LAWA approach [M.Sc. Thesis]. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.
  • Ameli, Firouzeh (2023). Create a 3D model of the Geißenklösterle site and connect it to a Microsoft Access database in ArcGIS Pro version 3.0.0. [Abschlussarbeit im Rahmen der Ausbildung zur Archäotechnikerin für Archäologiewissenschaften]. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.
  • Fischer, Lorenz M. (2022). Remote-sensing based analysis of aeolian-fluvial interactions in the Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) Basin, Australia, using open-source GIS [B.Sc. Thesis]. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Publiziert in Fischer et al. (2023).
  • Nübel, Manuel (2022). GIS-gestützte Least-Cost-Modellierung des Mobilitäts- und Ressourcenraumes früher Jäger und Sammler [M.Sc. Thesis]. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

Berufsbegleitende Lehre

Kurse im berufsbegleitenden Zertifikatsstudium Geodatenmanager/in am Zentrum für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildug der Uni Tübingen.

  • Geographische Informationssysteme I
  • Fernerkundung II (aktuell)
  • Kartographie