Michael Vetter
Tel.: +43-1-58801-406659

Centre for Water Resource Systems,
Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13/222, A-1040 Vienna, Austria




Vetter, M., Höfle, B., Rutzinger, M., Mandlburger, G. 2011. Estimating changes of riverine landscapes and riverbeds by using airborne LiDAR data and river cross-sections. In: Pfeifer, N., Roncat, A., Stötter, J., Becht, M.: Laser Scanning Applications in Geomorphology. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie/Annals of Geomorphology 55(2), 51-65.

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Michael Vetter


Research Interests


• Airborne laserscanning
• Terrestrial laserscanning
• Remote sensing
• Geoinformatics
• Hydrology


Michael obtained his Diploma in Geography at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) in 2008. His Diploma thesis entitled, “Punktwolkenbasierte Ableitung von Wasseroberflächen aus Airborne Laser Scanning Daten - Unter Verwendung von Radiometrie- und Geometrieattributen”, within he developed a method to classify water surface using geometry and radiometric information of the 3D LiDAR (light detection and Ranging) point cloud. From October 2008 until the end of September 2009 he worked as a Project Assistant in two projects at the University of Innsbruck (Institute of Geography). The main focus of the projects was on an improved understanding of the use of airborne laser scanning (ALS) technology in glaciology and hydrology.

In the Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems Michael will work in the field of Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics. His studies for the Ph.D. thesis will be done by using full-waveform (FWF) ALS data for terrain and land cover modelling. The main goals of the thesis are to develop novel methods for digital terrain model (DTM) modification, roughness classification and parametrization for hydraulic and hydrological studies.

Key Facts


Michael completed his Diploma thesis with honors in Geography at the University of Innsbruck (supervised by Prof. Johann Stötter - Innsbruck, Prof. Norbert Pfeifer - Vienna, Dr. Bernhard Höfle - Heidelberg, Dr. Martin Rutzinger - Enschede). During his academic studies he started to work with laser scanning data and water. In his Diploma thesis, in several publications and presentations at national and international conferences he shows the ability to use ALS data to improve hydraulic and hydrological studies.