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Peter Löwe

Location: Potsdam, Germany

Peter is a physical Geographer. He learend the ropes of GIS at UT Austin in 1994 (Geographers Craft Project by Ken Foote) and ventured into FOSS GIS during his PhD study (Radarmeteorology/Soil Erosion in South Africa), which relied heavily on GRASS GIS.

In 2000 he became the first member to actually join the newly founded german Grass User Society (now:

After receiving research prices for his PhD and spin-off work, he founded (now:, producing GISIX, the first portable FOSSGIS workbench based on on a live-linux CD/DVD.

He also worked as a Ranger in the UNESCO Geopark Bergstrasse-Odenwald (south of Frankfurt a.M., Germany), developing prototype WebGIS-solutions and Globe-Browser interfaces for the trail network.

For the development of crisis management and early warning systems triggered by the Sumatra Tsunami of 2004, he joined the National German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam in 2006. After a two-year excursion into the remote sensing satellite industry (, developing GRASS/Google Earth based visualisation tools, he returned to GFZ in 2011. There he continues work on FOSSGIS-based business process workflows (ITIL), large scale FOSSGIS computing on the GFZ High Performance Cluster and knowledge modelling.

He actively advocates FOSSGIS in Science in the Earth and Space Informatics (ESSI) chapters of both the European Geoscience Union (EGU) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Current reach out activities also include the launch and hosting of the annual GFZ GISDAY in November, which comes with a strong FOSSGIS flavour.

On the side, he supports the Geoinformatics Department of the U of Potsdam by teaching Computational Visualisation and does FOSSGIS-related consulting.

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  • Member of German Chapter [1] since 2000.
  • Member of GRASS GIS (Add-on Developer) [2]

Email: peter DOT loewe AT gmx DOT de
Spoken Language(s)
German (native speaker), English (fluent), Spanish (basic), Hessian, Lisp, Python, Perl, Java
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Born and raised in the lovely Odenwald (Michelstadt) on 24 June 1969, now living in Potsdam, Germany.

Present position

Researcher / Senior Geoinformatics Troubleshooter Centre for Geoinformatics Technology (CeGIT) at the German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ), Potsdam, Germany.

Work experience

  • 2008 - 2011: Project Manager in the Product Development Group of Rapideye AG
  • 2007 - 2008: Scientific Project Manager (Distant Early Warning System Project: DEWS) at the German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ)], Potsdam, Germany.
  • 2006 - 2007: Geoinformatics Specialist (German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System: GITEWS) at the German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ)], Potsdam, Germany.
  • 2003 - now: General Manager ofürzburg)/ (Potsdam), Germany.
  • 1999 - 2002: Research Assitant (Geography / Computer Sciences) at the University of Würzburg, Germany.


  • Masters thesis knowledge-based reomte sensing classification: "Knowledge based classification of geographic spatial elements applied to a test site in southern Namibia", Geography Department, University of Würzburg, 1998.
  • 1994/95 Exchange Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Focus: GIS (The Geographers Craft), Urban Studies, Geoarcheology.

Computer skills and related activities

  • Languages: Python, Perl, Lisp, R, C, Java, bash, SQL, COOL.
  • Software: GRASS GIS, Quantum GIS, Clips, POV-Ray, Blender, Google Earth, R
  • LSF-based High Performance Clusters
  • Memberships:
    • American Geophysical Union
    • European Geosciences Union
    • Interessengemeinschaft Odenwald (IGO)

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