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AGSE 2018 Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and Geoinformatics related sciences such as Remote sensing, GIS and Photogrammetry play a significant role in both data providing and management of disasters and hazards in nature. Rapid population growth and urbanization expansion combined with extreme climatic events are causing a rapid increase in vulnerability of peoples exposed to hazardous events. Natural disasters impose severe damage on almost the entire spectrum of social and natural habitats, ranging from housing and shelter, water, food, health, sanitation, and waste management to information and communication networks, the supply of power and energy, and transportation infrastructure.

In order to contribute to this goal, our 9th AGSE conference/summer school will focus on "Crisis and Disaster Management", i.e., the contribution of Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing, and Planning to preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation of disasters. In addition we will try to cover aspects of a related field: the contribution of geospatial science and technology to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

We encourage your contribution regarding the following topics:

  • GIS for Disaster Management Research Agenda and support to the four phases of the disaster cycle
  • Food Security, Flood Risk Modeling and Mapping, Droughts
  • Climate Change in Africa
  • Emerging Technology and Capability Needs, Best practices
  • Psycho-Social Implications of Disaster Management and Volunteeering
  • Contribution of Spatial Data Infrastructures, Geosensor networks
  • Alerting people, Understanding and Enhancing Resilience, building resilient communities
  • Spatial data requirements in disaster risk management, Assessing spatial data availability and understanding its importance in disaster risk management
  • Design and construction of GIS-based projects for the analysis and management of natural disasters
  • Techniques in hazard assessment
  • Overview of GIS applications in natural disaster managements
  • Mapping natural and man-made disasters, Monitoring and tracking displaced population, Early-warning indicators for humanitarian crisis
  • Crowd mapping, humanitarian VGI, Collaborative Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Management
  • Crisis monitoring (water supplies, infrastructure, natural resources)
  • Assessment of mid- to long-term effects of humanitarian crises
  • Earth observation in general, Contribution of Remote Sensing Approaches, new Earth Observation data and their potential to hazards prediction, mapping and monitoring, vulnerability and risk assessment, including Copernicus Sentinels, Application of advanced RS-based techniques to monitor disasters and assess damages,
  • Emergency Management Service, Links to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS)
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  • E-Learning in the realm of the topics listed above
  • Land Management to support UN’s SDGs, Information Technology for Development, Good Governance
  • Alumni session: Professional experiences and personal development – sharing your story with other alumni and your professors
The conference proceedings are produced in electronic form with ISBN number. We are looking forward to receiving your contribution and see you in Windhoek! Start here to submit a paper to this conference. Submit your paper / workshop / poster here.

Keynotes

We are happy about the confiramtion of the first keynote speaker:

Elago Nantana, Managing Director, NAMIB GEOMATICS TECHNOLOGIES: Private sector perspectives

Further speakers will be published soon!

Date & Location

AGSE 2018 will take place November 12 – 16, 2018, at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Windhoek, Namibia

Local Organizing Committee

Celeste Espach, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Department of Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology
Miguel Orti, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Department of Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology
Michael Mutale, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Department of Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology
Kaleb G. Negussie, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Department of Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology

International Advisory Board

Vipula Abeyratne M.Sc., Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
Dr. Seraphim Alvanides, Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK
Prof. Dr. Hossein Arefi, Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Tehran
Karina Guardado M.Sc., Universidad de El Salvador
Dr. Ashish Karmacharya, i3 Mainz
Prof. em. Rainer Kettmann, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. David Kuria Kuria, The National Land Commission (NLC), Kenya
Prof. Dr. Jaishanker Nair, IIITM-K, Trivandrum, India
Dr. Murimi Ngigi, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya
Dr. Adel Omran, University of Tübingen
Dr. Lorenz Wendt, University of Salzburg
Dr. Rafael Rebolledo Wueffer, Colombia

German Organizing Committee

Franz-Josef Behr, Faculty of Geomatics, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart
Anja Ernst, Research Coordinator, Faculty of Geomatics, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart
Michael Hahn, Faculty of Geomatics, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart
Dietrich Schröder, Faculty of Geomatics, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart

About NUST

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), an institute of tertiary education in Windhoek, Namibia, was established in 1994 through an Act of Parliament and is situated in the heart of the City of Windhoek, Namibia. On 12 December 2012 Cabinet resolved that the Polytechnic should be renamed to the Namibia University of Science and Technology.

Currently, the NUST has over 12,000 students studying on a full-time, part-time and distance education basis. It consists of seven Schools/ Faculties namely, the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Engineering, Health and Applied Sciences, Human Sciences, Management Sciences, Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences and the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business.

The Department of Geo-Spatial Sciences and Technology offers degrees in Geomatics and Geoinformation Information Technology and a Masters in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation and a Masters of Spatial Science. The department is supported by 18 full time staff bringing with them both local and international expertise. In addition the department receives support and contributions from local and international stakeholders in the delivery of their degree programs, ensuring that our material is kept current and relevant.