Monday, February 17, 2014

geoASSESS Workshop Completed in Bhutan!

The GIScience Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW-GIScience) and the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria cooperated in conducting a regional workshop on 'Geospatial Technologies Assessing Socio-Economic Vulnerability due to Climate Change (geoASSESS)'.  in Lobeysa, Bhutan from 11 to 15 February, 2014.
Prof. Josef Strobl and Dr. Shahnawaz coordinated the workshop and it was hosted by the College of Natural Resources (CNR), Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). Supported by the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet, this GIScience-based advanced training for teachers and postgraduate students benefited 18 participants from Bhutan, Nepal, India and Austria. The participants have disciplinary backgrounds in Geography, Geoinformatics, Forestry, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Z_GIS Journal Publication Highlights 2013

  • Hagenlocher, M., Delmelle, E., Casas, I., Kienberger, S. (2013): Assessing socioeconomic vulnerability to dengue fever in Cali, Colombia: statistical vs expert-based modeling.
    International Journal of Health Geographics, 12, 36. see paper

  • Breinl, K., Turkington, T., Stowasser, M. (2013): Stochastic generation of multi-site daily precipitation for applications in risk management. Journal of Hydrology, 498, 23-35. see paper

  • Blaschke, T., Biberacher, M., Gadocha, S.,Schardinger, I. (2013): Energy landscapes: Meeting energy demands and human aspirations. Biomass and Energy, 55, 3–16. see paper

  • d'Oleire-Oltmanns, S., Eisank, C., Drăguţ, L., Blaschke, T. (2013): An Object-Based Workflow to Extract Landforms at Multiple Scales from two Distinct Data Types. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 10, 947-951. see paper
Find the list of all Z_GIS publications and presentations in our Annual Report (page 73-82).

Z_GIS Publications and Presentations in 2013

In 2013 the Z_GIS approach to Geoinformatics and GIScience as common denominator among and between various disciplines has been further manifested both in terms of quality of the publications outlets and in terms of quantity. From a total of 146 scientific publications 57 (39 %) are published in international peer reviewed outlets. We actively participated in scientific conferences and international symposia with 208 presentations in total. Publications
  • Journal publications: 57
  • Published conference papers: 42
  • Peer reviewed book chapters: 28
  • Edited Books: 6
  • Others: 13
    Total: 146
  • Invited Talks and Keynotes: 111
  • Presentations at conferences,workshops and events: 97
    Total: 208
Find the list of all Z_GIS publications and presentations in 2013 in our Annual Report (page 73-82).

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Z_GIS / Healthy Futures co-organize Europe-Africa conference on Climate Change and Vector-Borne Diseases

Future environmental changes could impact the health risk associated with vector-borne disease transmission in Africa. The poor are particularly vulnerable.

In response, the EU FP7 HEALTHY FUTURES project is coordinating a conference with the following themes:

 - Environmental changes and vector-borne diseases
- Statistical and dynamical disease modeling
- Climate change-related risk analysis and vulnerability assessment
- Adaptation to climate change-related health impacts

NoblezaHotel,  Kikukiro, Kigali, Rwanda,
Conference dates: 18-20 November 2014
Submission deadlines:
for receipt of offers to chair sessions: 28 February 2014
for receipt of abstracts: 30 April 2014

For further information, please refer to the conference website or contact Stefan Kienberger.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Kick-off Meeting: VIRGO - Virtual registry of ground infrastructures

Infratel Italia Spa, coordinator of the EC/CIP project VIRGO, hosted the kick-off meeting January 30-31, 2014, in Rome, Italy.

VIRGO is a European project funded within the “Competiveness and innovation framework programme 2007-2013 (CIP)” and started January 1, 2014.  The consortium involves 12 partners from Italy, Romania, Portugal, Austria and Luxembourg. It intends to realise a cloud virtual registry of existing infrastructures in several European countries with standardized system to store and manage data in a unique manner.

In the coming 36 month, Z_GIS will be involved in developing procedures for map preparation and the regulatory provisions to create the registry on cloud and implementing and delivering related services. 

VIRGO will optimise the virtual registry with the results of three pilot initiatives in Italy, Portugal and Rumania and will disseminate the system and the related results throughout Europe.