Special Issue "GIS Open Source Software Applied to Geosciences"

A special issue of Geomatics (ISSN 2673-7418).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ana C. Teodoro
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Department of Geosciences, Environment and Land Planning, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
Earth Sciences Institute (ICT), Pole of the FCUP, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
Interests: image acquisition and processing for environmental; coastal; geological and health applications; machine learning algorithms; GIS
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Dr. Lia Duarte
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Department of Geosciences, Environment and Land Planning, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
Earth Sciences Institute (ICT), Pole of the FCUP, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
Interests: GIS; GIS open source applications; geological and health applications; GIS mobile applications; web GIS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digital mapping in the geosciences world is far from ending. Open source GIS applications are experiencing a relevant expansion with many developers and scientists around the world collaborating in the development of new applications in the GIS area, in academic and professional contexts. GIS software is an essential solution to visualize, analyze, and manipulate geospatial data, and, combined with emerging technologies, is becoming critical in solving real-world problems.

This Special Issue of Geomatics will address the implementation and use of open source GIS applications for geospatial analysis in several areas, such as climate change, environment, biology, health, risk, landscape, and ecology, among others.  As well as the development of new web-based GIS solutions, which have led to easier ways to disseminate geospatial information to any user and GIS mobile applications, a powerful technology which improves the quality and speed of data collection simplifying the collaboration between field and office.

The scope of this Special Issue includes the following:

  • The implementation of new methodologies in GIS open source applications
  • The application of GIS open source tools in several areas: environment, health, and climate change, among others
  • The implementation of databases such as PostGIS or other in GIS open source applications
  • GIS technologies to manipulate big data
  • Web-based GIS solutions
  • Real-time data collection

Prof. Ana Teodoro
Prof. Lia Duarte
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Open source GIS applications
  • Open geospatial data
  • GIS databases
  • Big data
  • Web-based GIS applications

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Forest Fire Spreading Using Free and Open-Source GIS Technologies
Geomatics 2021, 1(1), 50-64; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/geomatics1010005 - 25 Jan 2021
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Forest fires are one of the most dangerous events, causing serious land and environmental degradation. Indeed, besides the loss of a huge quantity of plant species, the effects of fires can go far beyond: desertification, increased risk of landslides, soil erosion, death of [...] Read more.
Forest fires are one of the most dangerous events, causing serious land and environmental degradation. Indeed, besides the loss of a huge quantity of plant species, the effects of fires can go far beyond: desertification, increased risk of landslides, soil erosion, death of animals, etc. For these reasons, mathematical models able to predict fire spreading are needed in order to organize and optimize the extinguishing interventions during fire emergencies. This work presents a new system to simulate and predict the movement of the fire front based on free and open source Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies and the Rothermel surface fire spread model, with the adjustments made by Albini. We describe the mathematical models used, provide an overview of the GIS design and implementation, and present the results of some simulations at Etna volcano (Sicily, Italy), characterized by high geomorphological heterogeneity, and where the native flora and fauna may be preserved and perpetuated. The results consist of raster maps representing the progress times of the fire front starting from an ignition point and as a function of the topography and wind directions. The reliability of results is strictly affected by the correct positioning of the fire ignition point, by the accuracy of the topography that describes the morphology of the territory, and by the setting of the meteorological conditions at the moment of the ignition and propagation of the fire. Full article
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