The 12th International Symposium for GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management (CoastGIS 2015) will take place in the Western Cape, South Africa, from April 22-24 2015. This event will be held back-to-back with 7th meeting of the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN).
The Symposium theme “Rich Data, Poor Data: Geospatial Creativity and Innovation for Managing Changing Coastal Systems” refers to the increasing demand on decision-makers and managers to be aware of changes in the coastal and marine environment. Not only must there be a much greater emphasis on the measuring of change, but also increasing and creative options for data poor and rich environments alike, to act on the observed changes, which may have either positive or negative societal impacts. In other words, how can CoastGIS 2015 contribute to the understanding of coastal change, and how can the powerful tools we use, as a scientific and management community; help us make better decisions, especially in data-limited environments? Can we demonstrate how the excellence, passion and creativity in the various disciplines encompassed by CoastGIS be used to improve the use of science for decision-making relating to coastal management?
Planned sessions include:
- Analysing and modelling coastal and marine processes
- Spatial information and observation systems
- Coastal risk and vulnerability
- Advances in data visualization
- Advances in geographical information technologies
- Decision-support and spatial planning
- Innovative application of geospatial technologies in coastal environments
- Coastal mapping and monitoring
- Coping with data scarcity in coastal and marine management
- Coastal and marine spatial data infrastructure (SDI)
- Application of geospatial technologies to support climate change adaptation in coastal regions
Abstract submission for the CoastGIS2015 Symposium is open and instructions on how to submit an extended abstract can be found on the website at www.coastgis2015.co.za. The abstract submission deadline is 24 October 2014. The Symposium venue is the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge near the Cape Town waterfront and in the shadow of icon Table Mountain. The City of Cape has many accommodation options, a vibrant inner-city social scene with numerous restaurants, bars and cafes.