Vision of MGSC


The vision of Modeling Geographical Systems Commission (MGSC) of International Geographical Union (IGU) is to share an interest in developing the theories, dynamics, simulation and decision-making of geographical systems using statistical and mathematical approaches, and further to enhance research on modeling and simulation methods and other technological advances for geographic pattern analysis and process exploration.


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The 2nd national forum on geographic modeling and simulation (and the launch ceremony of the training course on domestic geographical analysis models)
Jan 16th-17th, 2021

The 2nd national forum on geographic modeling and simulation (and the launch ceremony of the training course on domestic geographical analysis models) was successfully held in Nanjing Normal University during Jan 16th-17th, 2021.

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The first board meeting of Modeling Geographical Systems Commission (MGSC)
Jan 27, 2021

The first board meeting of Modeling Geographical Systems Commission (MGSC), held on Jan 27, 2021 in Zoom meeting, was a success.

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Mission of MGSC


The commission will develop a medium-term research agenda for the commission, which will serve as the guideline for commission events and for community members to share ideas and research findings. Specifically,

  • Develop and maintain connections and joint efforts with other IGU groups as well as other related GIScience and geographic academic organizations.
  • Organize special sessions and workshops in IGU conferences as well as other GIScience, or geography conferences, in accordance with the research agenda.
  • Collaborate with commissions within IGU or other academic associations to organize joint workshops on topics of shared interest.

Structure of MGSC


The MGSC consists of chair, secretary, honorary advisory member and steering committee member. The secretary and members will be nominated by the chair and elected through a meeting or online voting. There will be a board committee that will work with the chair and secretary to manage the group.




All these positions are appointed for a period of four years. The appointment of the positions can be terminated mid-term for non-performance, or unsatisfactory performance, of duties.


Board Members


Chair and Secretary



Prof. Min Chen
Chair of MGSC of IGU

PhD, Professor
Nanjing Normal University, China
Links: http://schools.njnu.edu.cn/geog/person/min-chen
Email: chenmin0902@163.com





Dr. Xintao Liu
Secretary of MGSC of IGU

PhD, Assistant Professor
The HongKong Polytechnic University, China
Links: https://geoxlab.github.io/
Email: xintao.liu@polyu.edu.hk


Honorary Advisory Member (Alphabetically ordered by last name)




Prof. Luc Anselin

PhD, Professor
University of Chicago, USA
Links: https://spatial.uchicago.edu/directory/luc-anselin-PhD
Email: anselin@uchicago.edu





Prof. Michael Batty

PhD, Professor
University College London, UK
Links: https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/blog/
Email: m.batty@ucl.ac.uk





Prof. Stewart Fotheringham

PhD, Professor
Arizona State University, USA
Links: https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/2372224
Email: sfotheri@asu.edu





Prof. Tony Jakeman

PhD, Professor
Australian National University, Austrlia
Links: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/jakeman-aj
Email: tony.jakeman@anu.edu.au





Prof. Mei-Po Kwan

PhD, Professor
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China
Links: http://www.meipokwan.org/
Email: mpk654@gmail.com





Prof. Xin Li

PhD, Professor
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Links: http://sourcedb.itpcas.cas.cn/cn/expert/201806/t20180619_5027698.html
Email: xinli@itpcas.ac.cn





Prof. Guonian Lu

PhD, Professor
Nanjing Normal University, China
Links: http://dky.njnu.edu.cn/info/1213/3877.htm
Email: gnlu@njnu.edu.cn





Prof. Josef Strobl

PhD, Professor
Universität Salzburg, Austria
Links: http://jstrobl.zgis.net/
Email: josef.strobl@sbg.ac.at





Prof. Jinfeng Wang

PhD, Professor
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, China
Links: http://sourcedb.itpcas.cas.cn/cn/expert/201806/t20180619_5027698.html
Email: wangjf@Lreis.ac.cn


Steering Committee Members (Alphabetically ordered by last name)




Prof. Tao Cheng

PhD, Professor
University College London, UK
Links: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/work-at-ucl/our-community/meet-our-community/professor-tao-cheng
Email: tao.cheng@ucl.ac.uk





Prof. Christophe Claramunt

PhD, Professor
French Naval Academy, France
Links: http://christophe.claramunt.free.fr/
Email: christophe.claramunt@gmail.com





Prof. Barry Croke

PhD, Professor
Australian National University, Australia
Links: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/croke-bfw
Email: barry.croke@anu.edu.au





Prof. Andreas Koch

PhD, Professor
Universität Salzburg, Austria
Links: https://www.uni-salzburg.at/index.php?id=22767&L=1
Email: andreas.koch@sbg.ac.at





Dr. Manish Kumar

PhD, Assistant Professor
Central University of Haryana, India
Links: http://www.cuh.ac.in/admin/uploads/files/manishks.pdf
Email: manish.ks@cuh.ac.in
Email: manish.ks1@gmail.com





Dr. Erik Nixdorf

PhD
HelmHoltz-Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
Links: https://www.ufz.de/index.php?de=38476
Email: erik.nixdorf@ufz.de





Prof. Antonio Páez

PhD, Professor
McMaster Uniersity, Canada
Links: https://www.science.mcmaster.ca/ees/component/comprofiler/userprofile/paezha.html?itemid=351
Email: paezha@mcmaster.ca





Dr. Karel Stane

PhD, Assistant Professor
Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Links: https://www.muni.cz/en/people/1944-karel-stanek
Email: karst@geogr.muni.cz





Prof. Paul Torrens

PhD, Professor
New York University, USA
Links: https://cusp.nyu.edu/profiles/paul-m-torrens/
Email: torrens@geosimulation.com





Prof. Rumiana Vatseva

PhD, Professor
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Links: http://www.niggg.bas.bg/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/geography/gis/en/R_Vatseva.html
Email: rvatseva@gmail.com

Office Assistant




Zaiyang Ma

Ph.D. Candidate
Nanjing Normal University, China
Email: mzaiyang@outlook.com


Membership


MGSC membership is free of charge. Below are the benefits for MGSC members:
  • Participation in all I-MGSC conferences and awards competition;
  • Joining the mailing list to receive updates;
  • Free copies of I-MGSC international reports presented to I-MGSC assemblies and the published conference proceedings upon request;
  • Access to training courses at times as the need is demonstrated and the financial support is available;
  • Preferential treatment in exhibitions of I-MGSC;


New Application / Renewal / Update


Membership should be applied through an electronic application form. Membership Application Form should be emailed to Chairman and Secretary General. We will email you a unique Member ID. If you have registered this site, you can link the Member ID to your account.

Your membership needs to be renewed on a yearly basis. You can renew your future membership online in the account one month before your membership expires.
The 2nd national forum on geographic modeling and simulation (and the launch ceremony of the training course on domestic geographical analysis models)
Jan 16th-17th, 2021

    The 2nd national forum on geographic modeling and simulation (and the launch ceremony of the training course on domestic geographical analysis models) was successfully held in Nanjing Normal University during Jan 16th-17th, 2021. This forum was mainly organized by Key Laboratory of the Virtual Geographic Environment, Ministry of Education of PRC and School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University with several co-organizers including the Geographical Society of China (GSC), China Society of Natural Resources (CSNR), China Association for Geospatial Information Society (CAGIS), Chinese National Committee of International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), Modeling Geographical Systems Commission of International Geographical Union (IGU), Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling of International Cartographic Association (ICA), Young Geographer Working Group of Asian Geographical Association (AGA), Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, and Yangtze River Delta State Sub-center of National Earth System Science Data Center. Due to the prevention and control measures of COVID-2019, the forum was synchronously conducted in the onsite and offsite way with the support of Tencent Meeting, ZOOM, and Bilibili Live.

    The forum began with the opening ceremony hosted by Prof. Linwang Yuan (the Dean of the School of Geography) on Jan 16th. Prof. Guoxiang Chen, the President of Nanjing Normal University, Prof. R. B. Singh, the Secretary General and Treasurer of IGU, Prof. Stefan Reis, the President of iEMSs, Prof. Guoyou Zhang, the Vice President and Secretary General of GSC, Prof. Shengkui Cheng, the President of CSNR, Prof. Zengning Wang, the Secretary General of CAGIS, and Prof. Jiantao Bi, the Deputy Secretary General of Chinese National Committee of ISDE were invited to give speeches. Moreover, Prof. Huijun Wang, the Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Prof. Huayu Lu, the Vice President of GSC, Prof. Lijie Pu, the Vice President of CSNR, Prof. Guonian Lv, the Academic Leader of Geography Sciences of Nanjing Normal University and Prof. Min Chen, the Chair of Modeling Geographical Systems Commission, IGU presented the opening ceremony.
    During the forum, four Academicians of CAS, Prof. Huijun Wang from Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Prof. Peng Cui from Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), CAS, Prof. Bojie Fu from Beijing Normal University, Prof. Jun Xia from Wuhan University, as well as Prof. Jia Wang from Division I, Department of Earth Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Prof. Jinshui Wu from the Institute of Subtropical Agriculture (ISA), CAS, Prof. Yao Huang from the Institute of Botany, CAS, Prof, Wenjie Dong from School of Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Prof. Bin Wang from Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS, Prof. Xiangzheng Deng from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Prof. Xia Li from School of Geography Sciences, East China Normal University, Prof. Tianxiang Yue from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Prof. Jinfeng Wang from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Prof. Weimin Ju from the International Institute of Earth System Science, Nanjing University, Prof. Xin Li from the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, Prof. Chunmiao Zheng from School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Prof. Dawen Yang from School of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Prof. Qingyun Duan from College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, and Prof. Chuanhai Wang from College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University were invited to attend the forum. They gave presentations to share their work and achievements in the related domains of geographic modeling and simulation together with Prof. A-Xing Zhu and Prof. Min Chen who are from School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University. Because of these brilliant presentations, a large number of researchers and students (Up to 20 thousand people) are attracted to watch the forum live on the web.
    In addition, the training course on domestic geographical analysis models was launched in this forum. President Guoxiang Chen, Prof. Huijun Wang, Prof. Huayu Lu, Prof. Lijie Pu, Prof. Zengning Wang and Prof. Jiantao Bi attended the unveiling ceremony. Then, academician Prof. Xia’s team Jun, Prof. Qingyun Duan’s team, Prof. Dawen Yang’s team, and Dr. Junzhi Liu were invited as tutors of the first training course and attended the appointment ceremony.

    The National Geographic Modeling and Simulation Forum, which was founded in 2017 by Nanjing Normal University, aims to explore cutting-edge progress and scientific breakthroughs in the field of geographic modeling and simulation and to provide a unique platform for sharing scientific research achievements, exchange academic ideas, and strengthening academic cooperation among Chinese geographical modelers. Focusing on the development of domestic geographical analysis models and modeling platforms, this forum calls on Chinese geographical modelers to work together to develop domestic geographical analysis models and to build an ecological circle of autonomous model systems for the target of constructing Chinese autonomous geographical simulators and promoting the international researches in the fields of geographic modeling and simulation.


Minutes of the first board meeting of Modeling Geographical Systems Commission (MGSC)
Jan 27, 2021

Time: 7:00PM, Jan 27, 2021 (Beijing Time)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Attendees(Alphabetically ordered by last name):

  1. Prof. Michael Batty
  2. Prof. Min Chen
  3. Prof. Tao Cheng
  4. Prof. Christophe Claramunt
  5. Prof. Barry Croke
  6. Prof. Andreas Koch
  7. Dr. Manish Kumar
  8. Prof. Mei-Po Kwan
  9. Prof. Xin Li
  10. Dr. Xintao Liu
  11. Prof. Antonio Paez
  12. Dr. Karel Stanek
  13. Prof. Josef Strobl
  14. Prof. Jinfeng Wang
Prof. Min Check kicked off the meeting by introducing himself, followed by the board members introducing themselves. The major topics and discussion are shown below:
  1. The website of MGSC has been launched at http://www.igu-geomodeling.com. Prof. Min Chen went through the website and introduced the main functions.
  2. Four awards by committee meeting: Best Paper, Excellent Young Scholar, Distinguished Scholar and Distinguished Service.
  3. Membership of MGSC: renew annually, free of charge, list on website.
  4. Objectives to achieve for four years.
  5. Events (workshop, conference, etc.) to be organized in 2021.
  6. Regular meeting for every half year. Reasonable (Michael Batty, Mei-Po Kwan). To be scheduled in due course.
  7. Other related stuff?
    N/A
  8. Online photo of all attendees was taken.


The general election of Modeling Geographical Systems Commission (MGSC) of International Geographical Union (IGU)
September 29, 2020

    The general election of Modeling Geographical Systems Commission (MGSC) of International Geographical Union (IGU), was a success. At the invitation of the International Geographical Union, Professor Chen Min of Nanjing Normal University will be the chairman of the Modeling Geographical Systems commission. At the same time, the IGU of MGSC selected a Secretary-General, 10 steering committee members and 10 Honorary advisory members.



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Special Issue


Transactions in GIS | Virtual Geographic Environment

The geographic environment is a huge and complex system, in which existing various natural processes, human activities, and information interactions. Researchers have made and are continually making efforts in understanding this complicated environment. In addition to in-depth exploration in a single discipline, study that integrating knowledge from multiple fields is getting more and more attention. Following such a trend, Virtual Geographic Environment (VGE) was proposed as a new generation of geographic analysis tool. The construction of a VGE brings Geographic Information Science (GIS) together with natural geography and human geography, and it mainly aims to form a digital twin of the real world. In a VGE, different experiments can be conducted and potential solutions for the real world can be explored based on geographic rules. In this context, we propose a Special Issue that targets on constructing VGE based on ubiquitous geographic information, which can support better modeling and simulation of the real world.


Full details of the call are available here.



Applied Energy | Energy digitization with spatial intelligence

The digitization of energy systems provides potential growth in energy efficiency by integrating and analyzing data for environmental management. Three emerging trends in using digital technology, active energy management systems (EMSs), data-driven consumer engagement platforms, and new performance-based revenue models, support the significant improvement of energy efficiency. Specifically, data detection technologies (e.g., sensors and smart meters) are used not only to collect data on the production process but also to determine energy consumption factors.


Full details of the call are available here.



Smart Urban Environmental Health from Multi-Scale, Multimedia, Multi-Exposure, Multi-Target Perspectives

Over half of the global population live in urbanized areas. These areas have become the geographic focus of resource consumption and chemical emissions. Pollutants among the urban environmental multi-media (including water, soil, air, etc.) are intensifying, causing chronic public health risk and increase in hazard via multi-exposure pathways and multi-scale distribution differences. One way to measure the impact is with the Environmental Health Risk Management (EHRM), widely used as a policy tool. This multi-disciplinary tool collects data for hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response assessment, risk characterization, and risk countermeasures.


Full details of the call are available here.



Water | Advances in Hydroinformatics for Water Data Management and Analysis

Recent years have witnessed a massive increase in the volume and quality of water data available to aid water resources decision makers, managers, and scientists. This has been accompanied by exponential growth in both desktop and cloud computing data storage and computational capabilities. As a result, there are abundant opportunities to drastically change how water data are collected, managed, disseminated, and analyzed—which should ultimately have significant positive impacts on water science, engineering, and management. Indeed, we are at the beginning of a new era in water data science, which brings with it many new and interesting technological and scientific challenges and opportunities. This Special Issue of Water is intended to bring together some of the latest research on hydroinformatics for water data management and analysis. Toward this goal, we are seeking submissions in a wide range of topics including data collection and analysis tools and technologies, hydrologic information systems, distributed hydrologic modeling and simulation, open water data initiatives, big data in hydrology, geographic information technologies in water data, and related areas.


Full details of the call are available here.


Journals




Earth-Science Reviews

: 0012-8252
: 9.724 (2019)
: Covering a much wider field than the usual specialist journals, Earth Science Reviews publishes review articles dealing with all aspects of Earth Sciences, and is an important vehicle for allowing readers to see their particular interest related to the Earth Sciences as a whole.


Environmental Modelling & Software

: 1364-8152
: 4.807 (2019)
: Environmental Modelling & Software publishes contributions, in the form of research articles, reviews, introductory overviews, and position papers on advances in the area of environmental modelling and software. Our aim is to improve our capacity to represent, understand, predict or manage the behaviour of natural environmental systems, including air, water, and land components, at all practical scales, and to communicate those improvements to a wide scientific and professional audience.


Computers, Environment and Urban Systems

: 0198-9715
: 4.655 (2019)
: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems is an interdisciplinary journal publishing cutting-edge and innovative computer-based research on urban systems, systems of cities, and built and natural environments , that privileges the geospatial perspective. The journal provides a stimulating presentation of perspectives, research developments, overviews of important new technologies and uses of major computational, information-based, and visualization innovations.


Remote Sensing

: 2072-4292
: 4.509 (2019)
: Remote sensing is a technology that engages electromagnetic sensors to measure and monitor changes in the earth’s surface and atmosphere. Normally this is accomplished through the use of a satellite or aircraft. Remote Sensing, in its third edition, seamlessly connects the art and science of earth remote sensing with the latest interpretative tools and techniques of computer-aided image processing. Newly expanded and updated, this edition delivers more of the applied scientific theory and practical results that helped the previous editions earn wide acclaim and become classroom and industry standards.


IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters

: 1545-598X
: 3.833 (2019)
: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (GRSL) is a monthly publication for short papers (maximum length 5 pages) addressing new ideas and formative concepts in remote sensing as well as important new and timely results and concepts. Papers should relate to the theory, concepts and techniques of science and engineering as applied to sensing the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, and the processing, interpretation, and dissemination of this information.


International Journal of Geographical Information Science

: 1365-8816
: 3.733 (2019)
: The aim of International Journal of Geographical Information Science is to provide a forum for the exchange of original ideas, approaches, methods and experiences in the field of GIScience. International Journal of Geographical Information Science covers the following topics:Innovations and novel applications of GIScience in natural resources, social systems and the built environment Relevant developments in computer science, cartography, surveying, geography, and engineering Fundamental and computational issues of geographic information The design, implementation and use of geographical information for monitoring, prediction and decision making.


International Journal of Digital Earth

: 1753-8947
: 3.097 (2019)
: International Journal of Digital Earth is a journal focusing on the theories, technologies, applications and societal implications of Digital Earth. International Journal of Digital Earth is the official journal of the International Society for Digital Earth. The journal is a response to the Digital Earth initiative and it's aim to improve social conditions, protect the environment, and support future sustainable development.


Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science

: 2399-8083
: 2.822 (2019)
: Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science is the leading journal for the publication of high-quality articles that present cutting-edge research in analytical methods for urban planning and design. The journal focuses on smart cities, urban analytics, GIS, and urban simulation models. It also deals with visualisation, computation, and formal design-based methods applicable to morphological processes and structures in cities and regions.


Geographical Analysis

: 0016-7363
: 1.69 (2019)
: Geographical Analysis publishes geographical theory, model building, and quantitative methods to geographers and scholars in a wide spectrum of related fields.


Journal of Geographical Systems

: 1435-5949
: 1.028 (2019)
: The Journal of Geographical Systems (JGS) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal that aims to encourage and promote high-quality scholarship on new theoretical or empirical results, models and methods in the social sciences. It solicits original papers with a spatial dimension that can be of interest to social scientists.


Computational Urban Science

: 2730-6852
: Computational Urban Science publishes rigorously peer-reviewed and high-quality original articles and reviews that focus on the intersection of computational sciences and urban sciences in building intelligent and resilient cities. The journal aims to introduce the latest results in urban computing and its applications, examine both the spatial and social dimension of urban networks and built environment, promote the cooperation between computational disciplines and the urban domain sciences, and build a bridge for scientific communication.


Annals of GIS

: 1947-5683
: Annals of GIS is an open access journal that publishes interdisciplinary research on theory, methods, development and applications in geo-information science. The journal aims to connect researchers in the region to one another and to the wider, international scientific community.

Best Paper Awards


The Best Paper Award (BPA) is presented to the individual(s) judged by an awards committee to have written the best paper appearing in the annual conference proceedings.

Three BPAs will be awarded at each annual conference. Notice of BPA application will be announced along with the Annual Conference Notice.

Excellent Young Scholar Award


The Young Scholar Award (YSA) is presented to the individual(s) judged by an awards committee recognize his or her outstanding scientific achievements and contributions. Applicants needs to hold a PhD degree, and within seven years of graduation.

Two YSAs will be awarded each year.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting application for each year's YSA is June 1st 2021. Details regarding requirements and documents for application will be announced soon on this website.

Distinguished Scholar Award


The Distinguished Scholar Award (DSA) is conferred by the commission on members of the commission who have given long and meritorious service to the commission or for particularly meritorious academic contribution of a shorter duration.

One DSA will be awarded every two years.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting application for each year's DSA is June 1st 2021. Details regarding requirements and documents for application will be announced soon on this website.

Distinguished Service Award


The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is conferred by the commission on members of the commission who have given long and meritorious service to the commission or for particularly meritorious service of a shorter duration.

One DSA will be awarded every two years.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting application for each year's DSA is June 1st 2022. Details regarding requirements and documents for application will be announced soon on this website.

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CONTACT INFORMATION


  • Prof. Min Chen

    Chairman, Professor

    Address:

    Nanjing Normal University
    1 Wenyuan Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210023, China

    E-mail:
    chenmin0902@163.com

  • Dr. Xintao Liu

    Secretary General, Assistant Professor

    Address:

    Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    181 Chatham Road South, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.

    E-mail:
    xintao.liu@polyu.edu.hk

  • Zaiyang Ma

    Office Assistant

    Address:

    Nanjing Normal University
    1 Wenyuan Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210023, China

    E-mail:
    mzaiyang@outlook.com

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