Christian Sommer



The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans
University of Tuebingen
Hölderlinstraße 12
72074 Tübingen
+49 7071 29-77505

Curriculum Vitae


Main research interests

  • Geoinformatics and remote sensing
  • Landscape evolution and geomorphology
  • Use of data mining and machine learning techniques on cultural and scientific databases
  • The Late Pleistocene of Eastern South Africa


Since 09/2016 research assistant in maintaining and completing the ROAD-Database (Roceeh Out of Africa Database). Analisys of paleo landscapes and geomorphology using GIS and remote sensing.
02/2016 – 08/2016 student research assistant for GIS analysis and cartography. Implementation and maintenance of a geographical database for web services and metadata.


2016 M.Sc. in Physical Geography: geoinformatics and remote sensing, University of Tübingen.
2012 B.Sc. in Physical Geography, University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.


04/2019 47th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Kraków, PL.
01/2019 The 22nd conference of the Southern African Society of Quaternary Research (SASQUA), Mossel Bay (ZA).
06/2018 Special Session on Digital Humanities at the Symposium for Geographic Information Science (GI_FORUM), Salzburg (AT)
03/2018 46th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Tübingen, DE.
09/2016 Modelling Environmental Dynamics and Hominin Dispersals Around the Mid-Pleistocene Revolution (METHOD), Sassari (IT).
09/2016 Jahrestagung der Arbeitskreise „Fernerkundung“ (DGfG) und „Auswertung von Fernerkundungsdaten“ (DGPF), Halle/Saale (DE).
since 2013 AGIT Symposium & GI_Forum for applied geoinformatics, Salzburg (AT).

Ausgewählte Publikationen und Vorträge


  • Hochschild V., Braun A., Sommer C., Warth G., Omran A. (2021): Visualizing Landscapes by Geospatial Techniques. In: Edler D., Jenal C., Kühne O. (Eds.): Modern Approaches to the Visualization of Landscapes. RaumFragen: Stadt – Region – Landschaft. Springer VS, Wiesbaden. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-30956-5_4
  • 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. DOI: 10.1002/evan.21870
  • Bosino, A., Bernini, A., Botha, G.A., Bonacina, G., Pellegrini, L., Omran, A., Hochschild, V., Sommer, C. & M. Maerker (2020): Geomorphology of the upper Mkhomazi River basin, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, with emphasis on late Pleistocene colluvial deposits. Journal of Maps (online). DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2020.1790435
  • Märker, M., Schillaci, C., Melis, R.T., Kropáček, Bosino, A., Vilímek, V., Hochschild, V., Sommer, C., Altamura, F. & M. Mussi (2019): Geomorphological processes, forms and features in the surroundings of the Melka Kunture Palaeolithic site. Ethiopia Journal of Maps 15 (2) 797-806. Informa UK Limited. DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2019.1669497
  • Kanaeva, Z. & Hochschild, V. & Maerker, M. & Sommer, C. (2018): Digital Data and Tools in Archaeology: The ROCEEH Out of Africa Database (ROAD). 1. 3-12. 10.1553/giscience2018_02_s3. 

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