Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Kosice - Faculty of Science


Laboratory of geographic information systems

The laboratory is dedicated for research and development of methods for acquisition, processing, analysis and visualisation of geospatial data, such as:

  • optimizing strategies for 3D data collection in high resolution,
  • integrating 3D geospatial data,
  • spatial interpolation for digital modelling of landscape surfaces,
  • modelling of spatially distributed natural phenomena, for example, solar irradiation, surface temperature, overland water flow, soil erosion;
  • optimizing geospatial methods by paralelization;
  • interactive modelling and visualisation by physical 3D model of landscape and image projection (Tangible landscape);
  • developing open-source tools GIS tools.


  • Dr. Michal Gallay
  • prof. Jaroslav Hofierka (leader)
  • Dr. Ján Kaňuk
  • prof. Vladimír Sedlák

Lab administrator: doc. RNDr. Ján Kaňuk, PhD.

Research infrastructure

  • Tangible Landscape – the kit comprises a desktop PC with OS LINUX Ubuntu and GRASS GIS, xBox 1 Kinect, data projector, kinetic sand and table;
  • GNSS toolkit TOPCON EPP Set – Hiper ll: Digital UHF 410-440 MHz s GSM/GPRS
  • Unpiloted aerial system Aeroscout Scout B1-100 with dedicated control system, lidar system Riegl VUX-1 and a passive hyperspectral system SPECIM AISA Kestrel  10;
  • Terrestrial lidar Riegl VZ-1000 with integrated digital camera NIKON D-700;
  • Photogrammetric workstation PHOTOMOD v5.2 RACURS for processing aerail stereo imagery;
  • Unpiloted aerial system DJI PHANTOM 4 with Parrot Sequoia mutlispectral camera, RGB camera,
  • Plotter HP DesignJet Z2100 Photo.
  • GIS software: ArcGIS Pro, GRASS GIS, Quantum GIS, LAStools, ENVI, RiScan Pro, RiAcquire, RiProcess

Selected papers

  1. HOFIERKA, J., GALLAY, M., ŠAŠAK, J., BANDURA, P. (2018). Identification of karst sinkholes in a forested karst landscape using airborne laser scanning data and water flow analysis. Geomorphology, 308, 265-277.
  2. KAŇUK, J., GALLAY, M., ECK, C., ZGRAGGEN, C., DVORNÝ, E. (2018). Technical Report: Unmanned Helicopter Solution for Survey-Grade Lidar and Hyperspectral Mapping. Pure and Applied Geophysics. 175(9), 3357-3373.
  3. SEDLÁK, V., HOFIERKA, J., GALLAY, M., KAŇUK, J. (2018): Specific solution of deformation vector in mining subsidence for GIS applications to reclamation of the abandoned mining territory in East Slovakia. Archives of Mining Sciences, 63(2), 511-531.
  4. ONAČILLOVÁ, K., GALLAY, M. (2018). Spatio-temporal analysis of surface urban heat island based on LANDSAT ETM+ and OLI/TIRS imagery in the city of Košice, Slovakia. Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 13(2), 395 - 408.
  5. HOFIERKA, J., GALLAY, M., KAŇUK, J., ŠUPINSKÝ, J., ŠAŠAK, J. (2017). High-resolution urban greenery mapping for micro-climate modelling based on 3D city models. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (ISPRS Archives), XLII-4/W7, 7-12.
  6. HOFIERKA, J., LACKO, M., ZUBAL, S. (2017). Parallelization of interpolation, solar radiation and water flow simulation modules in GRASS GIS using OpenMP. Computers & Geosciences, 107, 20-27.
  7. GALLAY, M., ECK, C., ZGRAGGEN, C., KAŇUK, J., DVORNÝ, E. (2016). High resolution airborne laser scanning and hyperspectral imaging with a small uav platform. Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B1, 823-827, doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B1-823-2016, 2016.
  8. GALLAY, M., HOCHMUTH, Z., KAŇUK, J., HOFIERKA, J. (2016). Geomorphometric analysis of cave ceiling channels mapped with 3D terrestrial laser scanning, Hydrolology and Earth System Sciences, 20, 1827-1849.
  9. GALLAY, M., KAŇUK, J., HOCHMUTH, Z., MENEELY, J., HOFIERKA, J., SEDLÁK, V. (2015): Large-scale and high-resolution 3-D cave mapping by terrestrial laser scanning: a case study of the Domica Cave, Slovakia. International Journal of Speleology. 44(3), 277-291.
  10. KAŇUK, J., GALLAY, M., HOFIERKA, J. (2015): Generating time series of virtual 3-D city models using a retrospective approach. Landscape and Urban Planning, 139, 40-53.
  11. HOFIERKA, J., KNUTOVÁ, M. (2015): Simulating Spatial Aspects of a Flash Flood Using the Monte Carlo Method and GRASS GIS: a Case Study of the Malá Svinka Basin (Slovakia). Open Geosciences, 7(1), 118-125.
  12. GALLAY, M., KAŇUK, J., HOFIERKA, J. (2015): Capacity of photovoltaic power plants in the Czech Republic (Kapacita fotovoltických elektrární v Českej republike). Journal of Maps, 11(3), 480-486.

Related projects and grants

  • SURGE: Simulating the cooling effect of urban greenery based on solar radiation modelling and a new generation of ESA sensors (contract with the European Space Agency)
  • UrbanHist (grant programu EÚ Horizon 2020 výzva Inovative Training Networks, MSCA-ITN)
  • TOKAJGIS (SKHU/1601/4.1/052)
  • APVV-15-0054: Physically based segmentation of georelief and its geoscience application (SEGMENT)
  • APVV-0176-12: New methods of spatial modeling with laser scanning data and 3-D GIS  (SPATIAL3D)
  • VEGA 1/0963/17: Landscape dynamics in high resolution

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Last update: 06.11.2018