Dear friends and colleagues, 

The annual ‘GIS in Central Asia’ Conference now has opened its 2014 Call for Papers and registration. The conference is scheduled for May 29-31 in Urumqi, China. The main objectives of this English language conference are to bring together GIS academics, researchers and practitioners from the Central Asian and other countries and to encourage international cooperation and knowledge exchange in GIS education. 

In 2014, GISCA is focused on the theme of "Silk Road in space and time: the Urumqi node". GIScience as a conceptual foundation, Geoinformatics as a methodology and GIS as software are powerful instruments for linking information from different sources by location. This is exactly what is needed to manage our environments and natural resources, and to assess risks arising from natural, technical and social factors. 

Key themes (but not limited, any new themes and sessions are welcome ) of the conference are: 
  • GIS for Environmental Management 
  • GIS for Disaster and Emergency Management 
  • GIS for Regional Sustainable Development
  • GIS for Natural and Cultural Heritage management
  • GIS for Business and Logistics
  • GIS for Public Health 
  • New Trends and Technologies in Surveying, Cadastre and Land Management  
  • GIS and Ecosystem Modeling 
  • Education programme in Geoinformatics 
  • International networking in teaching and use of GIS technologies 
  • Development of Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • Remote Sensing Applications 

GISCA 2014 is being organized by the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences jointly with the Austria-Central Asia Centre for GIScience and the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS), University of Salzburg, Austria,Shizuoka University, Japan, ICA Commission on GI for Sustainability, the Xinjiang Association of Application of Remote Sensing, and the Xinjiang Association for Natural Resources. The conference will be supported by the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet, Trimble Navigation International Ltd and several sponsors from the Geoinformatics industry. 

The programme committee accepts scientific papers on the stated conference themes with a focus on the Central Asian Region and China. Active participation in the conference is invited via presentation of a paper or poster, or through workshop attendance. Accepted papers in English will be reviewed published in the proceedings volume of GISCA 2014, and expanded versions of up to 12 articles will be invited for additional review with the goal of publishing a special issue of the Journal of Arid Land (JAL, in 2015. We request to disseminate this CFP to all interested GIS educators and professionals. 

For more information, please visit the conference website at -  

We look forward to meeting you at GISCA 2014 soon! 

Prof. Dr. Chen Xi

Chairman of Conference committee

Committee’s secretary and contact person: 
Prof.  Dr. Alishir Kurban, 
Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences 
818 South Beijing Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang 83011 P.R.China

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