Call for papers: Geospatial Data and Geographical Information Science

Conference theme: Getting ready for the unexpected – IS for Crisis Management in a complex and uncertain world
Conference Dates: May 24-27 2015

TRACK 5: Geospatial Data and Geographical Information Science

Download this call for papers:05-ISCRAM2015_GIS_CfP

Introduction to the track

Recent advancements in the field of geoinformation/geospatial technologies (GIT) which includes GIS, mobile mapping, volunteered
geographic information (VGI), remote sensing and spatial analysis, in line with increased global awareness of the topic (see UN International
Strategy for Disaster Reduction) have resulted in a strong promotion of an integrated and applied perspective on GIScience in disaster risk
research. Locational aspects have increasingly been considered essential in the aim of building disaster-resilient communities through
coordinated international action by promoting increased situational risk awareness as an integral component of sustainable development.
With disasters and disaster management being an “inherently spatial” problem, geographic information and related tools and technologies
applied for data interpretation and information dissemination can provide insight and decision support in all aspects of integrated
disaster risk and crisis management, as well as offer the basis for estimating and mapping risk, for determining damage potentials and
impacted areas, for evacuation planning, for resource distribution during recovery, and for risk communication to involved stakeholders.
Applications and challenges that GIScience and GIT are able to tackle in that regard include the representation, analysis, and cognition of
geographic information, as well as associated spatio-temporal dynamics and uncertainties. Recent improvements in information and
model interoperability as well as inter-accessibility through new data sharing, crowdsourcing, and integration initiatives add to this agenda.
In line with this year’s conference theme, this track particularly welcomes submissions addressing aspects of time-sensitivity in
disaster risk and crisis research. This includes spatio-temporal modeling, near-real-time mapping, situational awareness, VGI, and
other related aspects. Track topics are therefore focused on but not limited to the following list. Solid student contributions are welcome.

Track topics (non-exhaustive list)

  • Time-sensitivity in a spatially-explicit context for disaster risk and crisis research
  • Spatio-temporal modeling
  • Near-real time mapping for response
  • Promotion of situational awareness in terms of communicating the actual spatial aspects and associated implications in a crisis context
  • Crowdsourcing and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in a disaster and crisis context and related geospatial and temporal modeling aspects
  • Remote sensing for disaster risk and crisis related aspects
  • Integrative spatial modeling using spatially-explicit and ancillary space-related data
  • Exposure, vulnerability, and risk modeling for decision support
  • Risk communication supported by geospatial mapping techniques
  • Crisis mapping and Geovisualization
  • Location technologies
  • Novel data options and database design in the geospatial domain
  • Data sharing initiatives for crisis and disaster management
  • Interoperability aspects regarding disaster-related geodata
  • Disaster and crisis related issues in spatial data infrastructures
  • Webmapping for disaster and crisis support
  • Challenges for GeoInformation management in a context of crisis

Track Chair and Co-Chairs

Christoph Aubrecht*
*Corresponding Chair
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Energy Department, Vienna, AUSTRIA & The World Bank, Urban and Disaster Risk Management

Washington DC, USA

Sérgio Freire
European Commission – Joint Research Centre, (JRC), Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), Global Security and Crisis Management Unit
Ispra, ITALY