9th conference on GIS for Developing Countries



First Announcement and Call for Papers

Location:    Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Dates:        21st to 24th June 2010

Aims of the Conference

The conference aims to encourage the use of geospatial information in disaster and risk management as well as a basis for spatial planning and regional development. In this scientific meeting, researchers, lecturers, practitioners and students from both developed and developing countries meet together to share ideas in applying geospatial technology in order to satisfy the needs for planning in disaster prone areas.

Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta

Gadjah Mada University (GMU) is situated in the Province of Yogyakarta Special Region. Established in 1949 as the first Indonesian national university, GMU has become one of the best universities in the region. It is Indonesia’s largest university offering a broad spectrum of disciplines including geography. With its PUSPICS (Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS), the Faculty of Geography is well known amongst developing countries for its training services in remote sensing, GIS and integrated surveys under the Technical Co-operation among Developing Countries (TCDC) program. PUSPICS is also a sister institute of the National Coordinating Agency for Surveys and Mapping (Bakosurtanal). Yogyakarta is located in a fluvio-volcanic plain of Mt.Merapi. In 2006, a 5.9 Richter scale earthquake hit this region, killed nearly six thousand people and ruined more than 60 thousand buildings. Surrounded by volcanoes, steeply sloping montains, karst topography and subduction zone in Indian Ocean, the Yogyakarta Special Region has high risks of landslide, volcanic eruption, drought, tsunami and has even become an endemic area for the disease malaria. The Faculty of Geography has played an important role in the emergency response after the 2006 earthquake with its WebGIS, particularly to support information on the damage assessment and required aid for prioritized areas. Gadjah Mada University also actively supported the emergency response and recovery process of West Sumatera province, which were ruined by earthquake in 30 September 2009.


Papers and poster presentations addressing the following topics are invited:

  1. Use of remote sensing and geoinformation technology (GIT) in disaster management:

1.1. Aligning GIT tools to the stages of disaster management:

  • Pre-disaster - mitigation - preparedness
  • Disaster – emergency response
  • Post-disaster – recovery

1.2. Methods and Tools

  • Assessing vulnerability and risk
  • Development of modeling tools for hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Adapting spatial planning in hazardous environments
  • Scenario based strategies for spatial planning
  • Community-based approaches and participatory GIS
  • Design of early warning systems

1.3. Geographic Information Technology issues:

  • User needs
  • Data collection, management of spatial data infrastructures (SDI’s) for disaster management
  • Data providers in multihazard assessment and data sharing
  • Requirements for risk information
  • New sensors and approaches to data extraction and generation (e.g. object based approaches to image data extraction, real-time monitoring and reporting systems, mobile systems, radar, LIDAR, etc)

2. Cross cutting issues in disaster management:

  • Maintaining food and water security
  • Protecting livelihoods of vulnerable groups
  • Vulnerability and resilience
  • Multihazard assessment and institutional responsibility

3. Capacity building

  • Education and training packages
  • E-Learning for disaster management
  • Strengthening local institutional networks
  • Community-based capacity building intiatives

4. Best practices of GIT use in disaster management

5. Spatial planning, regulatory zoning Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the inclusion of risk information


Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts: 15th Janurary 2010

Notification of Acceptance: 15th February 2010

Submission of Full Papers: 22nd May 2010


in conjunction with 5th Workshop of the EARSeL Special Interest Group on Developing Countries

See conference flyer for details