StatGIS is addressed to researchers in academia and research institutes, as well as practitioners and industry professionals who want to learn about recent developments in spatial statistics and their applications, and to share their experiences in these areas. Application fields of interest for this conference will include, but not be limited, to: spatial environmental modelling, early warning monitoring systems for the environment, geostatistics in natural hazards prediction, optimum spatial design, space-time analysis and renewable energy resources, remote sensing applications in land reclamation after mining exploitation, spatial metrics for biodiversity assessment and monitoring, etc.
The conference will provide an opportunity for researchers and industry to meet and exchange the latest in spatial statistics and geoinformatics with an emphasis on the main steps involved in environmental monitoring and surveillance. We will start with the collection of data from environmental sensors and monitoring networks and further discuss their use by the web services and systems involved in the processing of the information. The automated analysis of the data and the detection of anomalies and changes will also be covered before finally addressing the visualization and communication of the generated information for efficient decision making.
The international character of the conference will be an opportunity to focus on GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) and GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) related issues, in particular on the need for cost-effective sustainable services. StatGIS 2009 will therefore focus on generic solutions, re-usable software solutions, in particular Open Source technology, and interoperability of systems. Cross-border issues that affect the homogeneity of geographic information (INSPIRE) and of global environmental monitoring networks as well as the interoperability of the systems will also be covered.
Those used to the tradition of StatGIS being an important meeting to learn about the latest developments in geostatistics and spatial statistics will not be disappointed by the challenges that will be discussed in Milos. Statistical issues that will be covered range from the analysis of data provided by heterogeneous networks, the automatic detection of anomalies for early warning, to the real-time interpolation of data collected by mobile devices or the fast processing of environmental data for reducing computing times. The monitoring of environmental risks using spatial statistics and geoinformatics covers a large number of applications. These cover issues as different as environmental radioactivity, global change, biodiversity, pests, floods, droughts, fires or earthquakes but also health risks associated with the spreading of viruses or any health threats.
Key papers will be published in a special issue of Computers & Geosciences.