Call for Papers


Geospatial Data & Geographical Information Science


Christoph Aubrecht

  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology & The World Bank
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Sérgio Freire

  • European Commission - Joint Research Centre
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Recent advancements in the field of geoinformation/geospatial technologies (GIT) which includes GIS, mobile mapping, volunteered geographic information (VGI), remote sensing and spatial analytics, in line with increased global awareness of the topic 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.

Disasters and disaster management are 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. A special issue in a geospatial disaster risk and/or crisis management related journal is envisaged based on this track. A similar effort is currently being edited in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, see info here


  • Spatio-temporal modeling,
  • near-real-time mapping,
  • situational awareness,
  • crowdsourcing & VGI,
  • remote sensing,
  • integration of spatial and ancillary data,
  • exposure/vulnerability/risk mapping,
  • geospatial mapping for risk communication,
  • crisis mapping,
  • SDI for DRM,
  • web mapping for disaster and crisis support,
  • geovisualization and visual analytics


  • Risk mapping and geospatial modeling
  • Use of remote sensing data for emergency management
  • VGI and crowdsourcing for disaster and crisis management
  • Geovisualization and visual analytics in disaster risk research

Important Dates for ISCRAM 2016 Authors

20 Nov 2015 Long Papers, panels and workshops due
15 Jan 2016 Long Papers & Panel Proposals Acceptance notification
29 Jan 2016 Short Papers, posters, demonstrations, doctoral consortium
15 Feb 2016 Short Papers, posters, demonstrations, doctoral consortium Acceptance Notification
Camera-ready copies of Long Papers
26 Feb 2016 Camera-ready Short Papers deadline

To submit a paper

  • Authors must submit papers electronically through the conference system.
  • All papers must use the ISCRAM paper template and follow the ISCRAM house style. The template is available on the Conference homepage.
  • Papers may be submitted to either a Track or the Emergent Theme Open Track. Read through the calls of the individual tracks and select the track that is closest to the topic of your paper. If none match closely enough, submit to the Emergent Theme Track and your paper will be grouped by keyword with relevant reviewers.

Submission of the camera-ready version on Feb 26 is a commitment to sending at least one author per paper to the conference. If authors are on multiple papers, the number of registrations in total must meet or exceed the number of papers per collective author group.