What is the GIS marketplace

Software for remote sensing data

Various programs are required for reading out certain data formats, processing and using remote sensing data or for detailed spectrum analyzes. Some of this software is only commercially available, while many can also be obtained in comparable open source formats. The following list of programs gives the basic details, any differences to other software, information on installation and the key points for use. Some of this software can be installed and / or learned with the help of two Moodle courses from the Faculty of Geosciences.

1) Use of the CIP infrastructure of the LMU Faculty of Geosciences: This course was created by the CIP team and offers download and installation information for some software as well as the possibility of using it via a remote connection to the CIP rooms of the university. A detailed list of the rooms with existing software was also provided and an introduction to remote desktop is also provided.


(Moodle path: Home> My courses> 20 Faculty of Geosciences> Use of the CIP infrastructure of the LMU Faculty of Geosciences)

2) BlocG courses: Blended learning concepts for computer-based work in the geosciences: This course offers instructional videos on the use of certain software. These include Python, MATLAB, GIS and some text / graphics processing programs.


(Moodle path: Home> My courses> 20 Faculty of Geosciences> BlocG courses: Blended learning concepts for computer-based work in the geosciences)


The ArcGIS software from ESRI is used to create geographic information systems. Mainly ArcGIS PRO or ArcGIS Desktop are used here. The software is chargeable, but students have the opportunity to use the software temporarily free of charge as part of their studies. In addition, the Faculty of Earth Sciences has licenses in the CIP rooms or offers licenses for certain courses.

Today ESRI is one of the market leaders in the GIS application industry and offers one of the most powerful mapping software and spatial analysis applications. Well-known companies and state institutions use the software for their own work. During the corona pandemic, for example, COVID19 case numbers and the general distribution were shown in an ArcGIS dashboard by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and Johns Hopkins University.

Further information on purchasing and installing ArcGIS applications can be found on the ESRI website, as can courses and training.






The QGIS project offers a freely available open source geographic information system to create, design, analyze and edit spatial data. The visualization and publication of the geodata is also possible with QGIS.

Further information on the open source software, as well as the installation, can be found on the following pages:



ERDAS Imagine

Global Mapper




Sentinel toolboxes


SMOS toolbox


Proba-V toolbox


PolSARpro Toolbox


CAD programs