Markus Neteler

Markus NetelerMarkus Neteler is co-founder and senior consultant at mundialis GmbH & Co. KG, Bonn, Germany.

Markus received his MSc degree in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology from the University of Hannover in Germany in 1999. He worked at the Institute of Geography as Research Scientist and teaching associate for two years. From 2001 to 2007, he was a researcher at FBK-irst (formerly ITC-irst), from 2005-2007 also at Centro di Ecologia Alpina. From 2008 to 2016 he was employed as head of the GIS and Remote Sensing Unit at Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento (Italy). In 2015 he joint mundialis, a Bonn/Germany based business which specializes in the analysis of remote sensing data and the processing of voluminous geodata using cloud based processing.
His main interests are remote sensing for environmental risk assessment and Free Software GIS development. He is author/co-author of two books on the Open Source Geographical Information System GRASS and various papers on applications in GIS. He is founding-member of GRASS Anwender-Vereinigung e.V. and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation ( In September 2006, he was honored with the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS). In 2010, he obtained the the degree of a Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physical Geography. Since 1998 he coordinates the GRASS GIS development.

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Referee for Agrometeorologia, Applied Vegetation Science, Boreal Environment Research, Computers & Geosciences, Ecology and Society, International Journal of Geoinformatics, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Remote Sensing, Transactions in GIS, Remote Sensing of Environment, and others. He is member of the scientific boards of various GIS related conferences.

Selected projects:

  • H2020/BESTMAP (agriculture, 2019-2023, grant agreement 817501)
  • EU CEF/Geo-Harmonizer (geospatial data harmonization, 2019-2022, grant agreement 2018-EU-IA-0095)
  • H2020/MOOD (infectious diseases, 2020-2024, grant agreement 874850)
  • H2020/openEO (A Common, Open Source Interface between Earth Observation Data Infrastructures and Front-End Applications, 2017-2020, grant agreement 776242)
  • LExEM: Laboratory of Excellence for Epidemiology and Modeling. Facing the introduction and spread of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) into the territory of the Autonomous Province of Trento – LExEM (2013-2016)
  • GIS analysis and development and Remote Sensing
  • EDENext EU/FP7 (Biology and control of vector-borne infections in Europe, 2011-2014)
  • EuroWestNile EU/FP7 (Improving the knowledge of the biology, ecology and epidemiology of the West Nile virus in Europe, 2011-2014)
  • RasterVet project (2009-2012)
  • GFOSS-TN3 project (2011-2012)
  • RISKTIGER: 3 years project on tiger mosquito risk assessment in Trentino, Italy (2007-2010)
  • ACE-SAP Biodiversity Project (2008-2011)
  • EDEN EU IP/FP6 (Emerging Diseases in a changing European Environment, an Integrated Project of the European Commission in FP6, 2004-2010)


  • Remote sensing: Analysis of remote sensing data for landscape ecology and epidemiology, business
  • Cloud based geospatial analysis with actinia
  • GIS in Environmental Modelling, Open source GIS development
  • Contributing to GRASS GIS development (since 1998 as developer). This software is a fully featured raster, vector and point data geographical information system (GIS), released as Free Software.Openhub profile for Markus Neteler
  • Open Source Geospatial Foundation (co-founder)

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