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Dr. Christian Willmes


Dr. Christian Willmes

Südbau, Raum 0.11

Otto-Fischer-Straße 4
50674 Köln

Telephone +49-(0)221-470-6234
Fax +49-(0)221-470-7152
E-mail c.willmes(at)


Current Project:

Scientific Staff for Project CampusGIS2, Virtual Campus & Lecturer (GIS & Spatial Analysis)

Former Projects:

  • Lecturer and Scientific Staff (2022 - ...) - Teaching 6 SWS and Systemarchitect for CampusGIS2 und Virtueller Campus projects
  • Scientific Staff (2010 - 2022) - Geospatial Datamanagement, Collaborative Research Center 806
  • Student Assistant and Diploma thesis (2009-10) - CampusGIS-3D
  • Student Assitant (2006-08) - SeismoGIS
  • Student Assistant (2006) - @ RRZK Abt. Systeme
  • Student Assistant (2005-06) - Meteosat/Eumetsat data receiving station

Research interests:

My main research interests are in the folowing topics:

  • GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • Web based GeoInformation Systems (WebGIS)
  • Network analysis, (Indoor-)Routing
  • 3D Geoinformation & Visualization
  • Environmental Modelling
  • Spatio-Temporal Data Modeling
  • Open Science (Open Data, Open Source, Open Access)
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI)
  • Research Data Management
  • Climate Change


  • WS 23/24: Spatial Analysis I, Virtueller Campus (MSc Kurs in Web/GameEngine 3D-Geoinformatik), CampusGIS2 Kartierpraktikum
  • SoSe 23: Einführung GIS (BSc), Introduction to GIS (MSc course in english), CampusGIS2 Kartierpraktikum
  • WS 22/23: Spatial Analysis I, CampusGIS2 Gelände- & Kartierpraktikum
  • SoSe 22: Introduction to GIS (IMES & CEA), Einführung GIS (BSc Geographie)
  • WS 21/22: Räumliche Analysen I / Spatial Analysis I
  • SoSe 21: Einführung GIS; Introduction to GIS (IMES & CEA)
  • WS 20/21: Räumliche Analysen I
  • SoSe 20: Einführung in GIS
  • WS 18/19: Free & Open: Erfassung, Verwaltung, Analyse, Präsentation frei verfügbarer Geodaten mit QGIS und Co.
  • WS 16/17: Lektüreseminar Klimawandel
  • WS 11/12: Anwendung mathematischer Verfahren
  • SoSe 11:   Einführung in GIS
  • WS 10/11: Servicelearning: Openstreetmap für Köln-Kalk 


Willmes, C., Canals, L., Ganser, C., Mennecke, D., Phillipps, F. L., Pietsch, A.-K., Reichenau, T., Reuhl, E., Schildkamp, P., Stempel, M., Wickeroth, D., Wieners, J., and Eide, Ø. (2024): The Technology Stack and System Architecture of the University of Cologne Virtual Campus, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLVIII-4/W11-2024, 153–160,,

Felix Henselowsky, Christian Willmes & Mike Smith (2023) PaleoMaps: representations of quaternary paleoenvironments, human–environment interaction and human dispersal, Journal of Maps, DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2023.2165378

Rodríguez, J., Willmes, C., Sommer, C., Mateos, A.. Sustainable human population density in Western Europe between 560.000 and 360.000 years ago. Sci Rep 12, 6907 (2022).

Felix Henselowsky, Karin Kindermann, Christian Willmes, Dorothee Lammerich-Long, Georg Bareth & Olaf Bubenzer (2022) Palaeoenvironments and landscape diversity in Egypt during the Last Interglacial and its implications on the dispersal of Homo sapiens, Journal of Maps, DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2022.2064779

Ericson Hölzchen, Christine Hertler, Christian Willmes, Iwan P. Anwar, Ana Mateos, Jesús Rodríguez, Jan Ole Berndt, Ingo J. Timm (2022): Estimating crossing success of human agents across sea straits out of Africa in the Late Pleistocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 110845, ISSN 0031-0182,

Willmes, Christian (2022): PaleoMaps – Creating, Collecting and Compiling Geospatial Paleoenvironment Data for Culture-Environment-Interaction Modeling Applications, in Kandel, Andrew W., Haidle, Miriam N. und Sommer, Christian (Hrsg.): Human Origins – Digital Future: An International Conference about the Future of Archaeological and Paleoanthropological Databases, Heidelberg: Propylaeum, 2022, S. 34–35.

Mateos, Ana, Willmes, Christian und Rodríguez, Jesús (2022): Matching Datasets and Palaeoenvironment to Frame Human Palaeoecology in Europe around MIS 11 , in Kandel, Andrew W., Haidle, Miriam N. und Sommer, Christian (Hrsg.): Human Origins – Digital Future: An International Conference about the Future of Archaeological and Paleoanthropological Databases, Heidelberg: Propylaeum, 2022, S. 48–49.

Stephanie Kusch, Gesine Mollenhauer, Christian Willmes, Jens Hefter, Timothy I. Eglinton, Valier Galy (2021): Controls on the age of plant waxes in marine sediments – A global synthesis. Organic Geochemistry, Volume 157, pages 104259, doi:

Rodríguez, Jesús, Christian Willmes, und Ana Mateos (2021): „Shivering in the Pleistocene. Human Adaptations to Cold Exposure in Western Europe from MIS 14 to MIS 11“. Journal of Human Evolution 153, 102966.

Gehlen, B., Zickel, M., Affolter, J., Vogl, K., Willmes, C. (2021): Potential raw material sources for the production of lithic artefacts in  western Central Europe - GIS-data for the Rhineland, Westphalia, and the  Benelux countries. Elsevier – In: Quaternary International, DOI: .

Willmes, C.; Niedziółka, K.; Serbe, B.; Grimm, S.B.; Groß, D.; Miebach, A.; Märker, M.; Henselowsky, F.; Gamisch, A.; Rostami, M.; Mateos, A.; Rodríguez, J.; Limberg, H.; Schmidt, I.; Müller, M.; Hölzchen, E.; Holthausen, M.; Klein, K.; Wegener, C.; Weninger, B.; Nielsen, T.K.; Otto, T.; Weniger, G.-C.; Bubenzer, O.; Bareth, G. (2020): State of the Art in Paleoenvironment Mapping for Modeling Applications in Archeology—Summary, Conclusions, and Future Directions from the PaleoMaps Workshop. Quaternary, 3, 13. URL:

Willmes, Christian; Viehberg, Finn; Esteban Lopez, Sarah; Bareth, Georg (2018): "CRC806-KB: A Semantic MediaWiki Based Collaborative Knowledge Base for an Interdisciplinary Research Project." Data 3, no. 4: 44. URL:

Willmes, C., Becker, D., Verheul, J., Yener, Y., Zickel, M., Bolten, A., Bubenzer, O., Bareth, G. (2017): PaleoMaps: SDI for open paleoenvironmental GIS data. IJSDIR, Vol. 12, 39-61, DOI: 10.2902/1725-0463.2017.12.art3 , URL:

Becker, D., de Andrés-Herrero, M., Willmes, C., Weniger, G., Bareth, G. (2017): Investigating the Influence of Different DEMs on GIS-Based Cost Distance Modeling for Site Catchment Analysis of Prehistoric Sites in Andalusia. MDPI – In: ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. , Vol. 6(2), DOI: 10.3390/ijgi6020036

Willmes, C., Becker, D., Brocks, S., Hütt, C. and Bareth, G. (2017): High Resolution Köppen-Geiger Classifications of Paleoclimate Simulations. Transactions in GIS. 21, 57- 73. doi:10.1111/tgis.12187 [Link] [CRC806-Databse]

Willmes, C., (2016): CRC806-Database: A semantic e-Science infrastructure for an interdisciplinary research centre. PhD Thesis, University of Cologne. url:

Willmes, C., Becker, D., Verheul, J., Yener, Y., Zickel, M., Bolten, A., Bubenzer, O., Bareth, G. (2016): An Open Science approach to GIS-based paleoenvironment data. ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci. III-2, 159- 164 . DOI: 10.5194/isprs-annals-III-2-159-2016. [Link]

Willmes, C., Yener, Y., Gilgenberg, A., Bareth, G. (2016): CRC806-Database: Integrating Typo3 with GeoNode and CKAN. Geographisches Institut der Universität zu Köln, Kölner Geographische Arbeiten, Vol. 96, DOI: 10.5880/TR32DB.KGA96.17

Curdt, C., Willmes, C. (2016): Proceedings of the 2nd Data Management Workshop, 28.-29.11.2014, University of Cologne, Germany. Geographisches Institut der Universität zu Köln - Kölner Geographische Arbeiten, Vol. 96, DOI: 10.5880/TR32DB.KGA96.1

Märker, M., Willmes, C., Hochschild, V., Bareth, G. (2016): How to Exchange Data between DB Systems on Early Humans. A Case Study Based on the CRC806-Database and the ROCEEH ROAD System. Geographisches Institut der Universität zu Köln, Kölner Geographische Arbeiten, Vol. 96, DOI: 10.5880/TR32DB.KGA96.9

Becker, D., Willmes, C., Weniger, G., Bareth, G. (2016): A plugin to interface openModeller from QGIS for species' potential distribution modelling. ISPRS. ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., Vol. III-7, DOI: 10.5194/isprs-annals-III-7-251-2016

Viehberg, F. A., Willmes, C., Esteban, S., Vogelsang, R. (2015): A semantic wiki as repository to review published palaeo-data in East Africa. CRC806-Database, University of Cologne, Collaborative Research Centre 806, DOI: 10.5880/SFB806.10

Willmes, C., Kürner, D. and Bareth, G. (2014): Building Research Data Management Infrastructure using Open Source Software. Transactions in GIS. doi: 10.1111/tgis.12060 [Link]

Willmes, C., Brocks, S., Hoffmeister, D., Hütt, C., Kürner, D., Volland, K., Bareth, G. (2012): Facilitating integrated spatio-temporal visualization and analysis of heterogeneous archaelogical and palaeonvironmental research data. ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci. I-2, 223-228. DOI: 10.5194/isprsannals-I-2-223-2012. [ISPRS] [PDF]

Willmes, C. and Bareth, G. (2012): A data integration concept for an interdisciplinary research database. In: Proceedings of the Young Researchers forum on Geographic Information Science - GI Zeitgeist, ifgiPrints 44, Münster, Germany, March 2012, ISBN: 978-3-89838-663-0, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft AKA, Heidelberg, pp. 67 - 72. [PDF]

Willmes, C., Brocks, S., Hütt, C., Kürner, D., Volland, K. und Bareth, G. (2012): Forschungsdatenmanagement mit Open-Source-Software. In: Tagungsband FOSSGIS 2012, Dessau 20.-22.3., FOSSGIS e.V., pp. 24 - 28.

Willmes, C., Baaser, U., Volland, K. and G. Bareth (2010): Internet based distribution and visualization of a 3D model of the University of Cologne Campus. In: Bandrova, T. and Konecny, M. (eds.): Proceedings of the DIGITAL EARTH SUMMIT, Nessebar, Bulgaria, June, 12-14 2010. [PDF]

Willmes, C., Weskamm, J., Baaser, U., Hinzen, K.-G., Bareth, G. (2008): SeismoGIS: A tool for the visualization of earthquake data. - Proc. XXI ISPRS Congress, Pages 1239-1244, 3-11 July 2008, Beijing, China.

Willmes, C. und Weskamm, J. (2007): SeismoGIS - Ein GISTool zur Analyse von Erdbebendaten für die Erdbebenstation der Universität zu Köln.In: Strobl, J., Blaschke, T., Griesebner, G. (eds): Angewandte Geoinformatik 2007, Wichman Verlag, Heidelberg, ISBN: 978-3-87907-451-8, pp. 858 - 866.