Research Fellow: Geographical Information Systems, London Metropolitan University – Cities Institute

A Research Fellow in GIS Analysis is sought for the Cities Institute – a London-based, world leading centre for research into cities and urban environments (

The postholder will join an inter-disciplinary team undertaking a range of national and international research projects on urban economic, environmental, social, and cultural themes. A good first degree and Masters level training in GIS or related social/environmental science are required and completion of doctoral research is preferred. The post will be expected to demonstrate potential for publication and generating research ideas and research proposals, as well as team working and the provision of GIS technical expertise. Informal enquiries about the post can be made to cities.

Fixed-term: 3 years renewable

Salary: £25,695-£38,469 per annum inclusive

Closing date: 4 January 2010

To apply for the post and for further information, please visit our website at the link below and quote reference number 9A1109FXN.

National Science Foundation TeraGrid Workshop on Cyber-GIS, Washington, DC, 02-03 February, 2010

The NSF Cyber-GIS workshop will take place in conjunction with the 2010 UCGIS Winter Meeting at Doubletree Hotel, Washington, DC. The workshop will focus on the following themes and topics:

  • Complex geospatial systems and simulation of geographic dynamics
  • Computational intensity of spatial analysis and modeling
  • Data-intensive geospatial computation and visualization
  • High-performance, distributed, and/or collaborative GIS
  • Geospatial ontology and semantic web
  • Geospatial middleware, Clouds, and Grids
  • Open source GIS
  • Participatory spatial decision support systems
  • Science drivers for, and applications of Cyber-GIS
  • Spatial data infrastructure

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Call for Papers: INSPIRE Conference, Krakow, Poland, 23-25 June 2010

The INSPIRE Conference 2010 will take place from 23 to 25 June 2010 in Krakow, Poland. On 22 June pre-conference workshops will be organized. The theme of this year’s edition is “INSPIRE as a Framework for Cooperation”.

The INSPIRE Conference will be organised through a series of plenary sessions addressing common policy issues, and parallel sessions focusing in particular on applications and implementations of SDIs, research issues and new and evolving technologies and applications and poster presentations.

Participation in the INSPIRE Conference is open to all individuals interested in or working in the field of SDI development and implementation. Abstracts must be received by the deadline will be considered for program placement under the standard review process.

Topics for which contributions are sought include, but are not limited to,

  • INSPIRE Implementation: Legislative measures, coordination and organisational models
  • INSPIRE and the global context: Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, Global Earth Observation System of Systems, United Nations SDI
  • Thematic communities
  • Licensing frameworks
  • GeoPortals and registries
  • Social and economic impacts
  • Education and awareness raising
  • Trans-national SDI projects (including EU (co-)funded projects)
  • New policies, new requirements, new stakeholders
  • New and Evolving tools and technologies

We are particularly interested in accounts of what works, and what does not work, what are perceived benefits for policy, public administration, citizens and the private sector. Proposals will be evaluated by the programme committee and those accepted will be included in the on-line conference proceedings.

Article Selection for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Research (IJSDIR)

A post-conference special edition of the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure Research (IJSDIR) will be published. Full papers can be submitted for peer review to the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 February 2010.

Application of Multiple-point Geostatistics on Modelling Groundwater Flow and Transport in a Cross-bedded Aquifer

Hydrogeology Journal, 12/2009, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp.1901-1911

Huysmans, Marijke; Dassargues, Alain

“Sedimentological processes often result in complex three-dimensional subsurface heterogeneity of hydrogeological parameter values. Variogram-based stochastic approaches are often not able to describe heterogeneity in such complex geological environments. This work shows how multiple-point geostatistics can be applied in a realistic hydrogeological application to determine the impact of complex geological heterogeneity on groundwater flow and transport. The approach is applied to a real aquifer in Belgium that exhibits a complex sedimentary heterogeneity and anisotropy. A training image is constructed based on geological and hydrogeological field data. Multiple-point statistics are borrowed from this training image to simulate hydrofacies occurrence, while intrafacies permeability variability is simulated using conventional variogram-based geostatistical methods. The simulated hydraulic conductivity realizations are used as input to a groundwater flow and transport model to investigate the effect of small-scale sedimentary heterogeneity on contaminant plume migration. Results show that small-scale sedimentary heterogeneity has a significant effect on contaminant transport in the studied aquifer. The uncertainty on the spatial facies distribution and intrafacies hydraulic conductivity distribution results in a significant uncertainty on the calculated concentration distribution. Comparison with standard variogram-based techniques shows that multiple-point geostatistics allow better reproduction of irregularly shaped low-permeability clay drapes that influence solute transport.”

Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) Announces 2010 Scholarship Program

Each year, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) sponsors two scholarships to students whose research and accomplishments support the mission of CaGIS. The scholarships recognize academic achievement and encourage the continuing success of outstanding cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and geographic
information science (GIScience) students. The scholarships also recognize achievement or potential for achievement in original research advancing the specific disciplines of cartography or GIScience. Winners are selected based on academic achievement, particularly in the calendar year prior to the award. Applications are reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee, and awards are announced in February or March. Information on other CaGIS-sponsored awards is available at

CaGIS Masters Scholarship Award ($500): This award is to be granted to a student enrolled in, or accepted into, a Masters’ degree program during 2009 or 2010. The winner will have demonstrated excellence in cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research. Outstanding undergraduates seeking to support Masters’ level research in GIScience are also eligible to apply (see below).

CaGIS Doctoral Scholarship Award ($1000): This award is to be granted to a student enrolled in, or accepted into, a PhD degree program during 2009 or 2010. The winner will have demonstrated excellence in cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research.

Winners are invited to present their research at an upcoming CaGIS-sponsored conference (such as AAG, GIScience, or AutoCarto) and may be eligible for limited travel or registration support if they choose to present.

Candidates must be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program during 2009 or 2010, studying cartography, geographic information science, or a closely related field. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member attesting to these eligibility requirements and to scholarly achievement and potential is required. Membership in CaGIS is not required, though professional and service activities such as participation in CaGIS is one of the selection criteria (see below). Prior scholarship winners are eligible to apply in subsequent years if all appropriate criteria are satisfied. Undergraduate applicants who have not yet been accepted into graduate school should request that their faculty advisor assess their potential for graduate study in their reference letter.

Selection Criteria
Valid applications for CaGIS awards (see below for application procedures) are reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee, which will use the following criteria to judge applications:

  • 50% academic record;
  • 20% applicant’s statement;
  • 20% letter of recommendation;
  • 10% professional activities (CaGIS membership, conference participation, publications, community service, etc.).

Level of financial need will be considered, if necessary, to break ties, after the primary criteria have been considered. The committee can choose to award no scholarships.

Application Procedure

  • Go to and complete the application form.
  • Compile the following:
    • the completed application form
    • a 400-word statement of educational objectives, future study or research plans and professional activities, and relationship of activities and/or research to mission of CaGIS
    • a digital transcript showing records for 2009
    • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor familiar with your work
  • E-mail these documents; see instructions on form. Applications must arrive no later than 5:00pm CST on JANUARY 15, 2010.

Notification of Winners
The selected applicants for the scholarships will be notified on or near February 15, 2010. The winners are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony at the 2010 AAG conference or the 2010 AutoCarto conference (see for more information).

GeoDesign Summit: Preliminary Presentation Schedule

The world’s first GeoDesign Summit will be held 06-08 January 2010 at ESRI in Redlands, California. The summit will be a gathering of pioneering professionals and academics involved in transforming technology, engineering, and planning in a rapidly changing world.  The presentation schedule below is preliminary and is subject to change.  For more information on the GeoDesign Summit, visit

Day 1 (Wednesday, 06 January 2010):

Opening statement by Jack Dangermond

Tom Fisher: What is GeoDesign and Why Its Time has Come

Will Rogers: GeoDesign in Conservation Planning: Stakeholder Driven Geoprocessing through Greenprinting

Mike Goodchild: Spatial by Design: Understanding the Special Role of GIS

Kim Tanzer, Visualizing complex systems: The role the National Academy of Environmental Design in advancing evidence-based design research

Lightning Talks: (view abstracts)

  • Geodesign: Fundamental Principals and Routes Forward
  • Participatory GeoDesign
  • Site Selection for Solar-Electrical Powerplants from a regional level to a Community location using GIS processing – and scetching tools
  • GeoDesign in environmental analysis and planning: an example
  • GeoWeb 2.0
  • 3D Visualizations of Cyber Security Events
  • GeoGames – Board Game Metaphors for GIS
  • Landscape Design with Tangible GIS
  • Lessons learn from geodesign applications by communities and farmers employing GIS and relational databases in landscape planning and management
  • GeoDesign Utilization in a Participatory Land Use Planning Process
  • Ge@Design: a multimedia design studio for geospatial collaboration

Day 2 (Thursday, 07 January 2010):

Carl Steinitz: Complexity, collaboration and scale in geographic design and planning

Ron Stoltz; Karen Hanna: Conceptualizing Geo-Design in the University Curriculum

Chris Overdorf and Grant Jones: Private Stewardship Networks: GIS Tools that Promote Conservation Corridors

Lightning Talks: (view abstracts)

  • Geospatial Campaign Design for COIN Civil Affairs
  • Real-time, sketch-based GIS database updates to support crisis command and mobile resource deployment.
  • Object-Oriented Diagrams in Geo-Design
  • Practical Considerations for Integrating BIM and GIS
  • Building Interior Space Optimization and GIS/RDBMS Space Management tools
  • Site Engineering Design – Live start to finish using ArcPad
  • Using GIS to Facilitate the Design of a Sustainable City
  • Building high fidelity 3D landscapes in a design charrette setting with participants using GIS, CityScape, and Augmented Reality
  • Open Exchange for Semantically Rich City Models

Make a Difference Outside your own Backyard

….from the 2009 Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping Workshop held by the Illinois State Geological Survey…

Ian Jackson

“In this paper “outside your own backyard” is going to be used in two ways. The first refers to geoscience modellers making a difference within our own, geoscience, community. The second way relates to the need for modellers to improve their interactions with the wider world. The paper largely pertains to the work of geological surveys, with which I am most familiar, but some of the points will have relevance beyond.”

Use of Remote Sensing Coupled with a Vegetation Change Tracker Model to Assess Rates of Forest Change and Fragmentation in Mississippi, USA

International Journal of Remote Sensing, Volume 30, Issue 24 2009 , pages 6559 – 6574

Mingshi Li;  Chengquan Huang;  Zhiliang Zhu;  Weisong Wen;  Da. Xu; Anxing Liu.

“Mapping forest disturbance history is essential for assessing forest fragmentation conditions and the effectiveness of management approaches, and it is crucial for the understanding of terrestrial and atmospheric carbon flux. In this study, our analysis maps and characterizes the wall-to-wall forest change patterns in Mississippi over the time period 1987-2005, by interpreting 132 Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) or Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) scenes using a vegetation change tracker (VCT) model. Our analysis revealed that a gradual decelerating forest fragmentation during the time period 1987-1993 gave way to an accelerating fragmentation during the period 1994-2005. This unique trend in forest fragmentation was a consequence of forest logging, regeneration practices and natural disturbance regimes. In addition, for the most part of the 1990s and between 2000 and 2005, Mississippi lost about 2% of its forest on an annual basis, but many of the losses were offset by forest regeneration from previous disturbances. Forest spatial change information derived from this analysis has provided valuable insights regarding regional forest management practices and socioeconomic impacts, which will be beneficial for land managers to develop ecologically sustainable forest management strategies and biodiversity conservation practices.”

Evaluating the Effects of Land-use Development Policies on Ex-urban Forest Cover: An Integrated Agent-based GIS Approach

International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Volume 23, Issue 9 September 2009 , pages 1211 – 1232

D. T. Robinson; D. G. Brown.

“We use a GIS-based agent-based model (ABM), named dynamic ecological exurban development (DEED), with spatial data in hypothetical scenarios to evaluate the individual and interacting effects of lot-size zoning and municipal land-acquisition strategies on possible forest-cover outcomes in Scio Township, a municipality in Southeastern Michigan. Agent types, characteristics, behavioural methods, and landscape perceptions (i.e. landscape aesthetics) are empirically informed using survey data, spatial analyses, and a USDA methodology for mapping landscape aesthetic quality. Results from our scenario experiments computationally verified literature that show large lot-size zoning policies lead to greater sprawl, and large lot-size zoning policies can lead to increased forest cover, although we found this effect to be small relative to municipal land acquisition. The return on land acquisition for forest conservation was strongly affected by the location strategy used to select parcels for conservation. Furthermore, the location strategy for forest conservation land acquisition was more effective at increasing aggregate forest levels than the independent zoning policies, the quantity of area acquired for forest conservation, and any combination of the two. The results using an integrated GIS and ABM framework for evaluating land-use development policies on forest cover provide additional insight into how these types of policies may act out over time and what aspects of the policies were more influential towards the goal of maximising forest cover.”

Symbolizing Trees in ArcGIS: Assigning Each Species a Different Symbol

…from the ESRI Mapping Center blog

“Tree symbols are a great way to enhance the appearance of a large scale, detailed map. To make attractive point symbols for trees, you need a good place to start from and thankfully all of us ArcGIS users have that. Using multi-layer character marker symbols, the variety of tree symbols you can create is endless. This blog is meant to introduce (or reintroduce) you to the ESRI US Forestry 2 font. It is also meant to give you some tips for creating a variety of tree symbols to use on your maps.

“The most important part of the process to understand is the Symbol Property Editor and the capabilities/functionalities that are available to you in this dialog. If you aren’t familiar with the Symbol Property Editor dialog, a good starting point to learn more about it is a previous Mapping Center blog post: Customizing Multi-Layer Symbols.”