Special Issue "Borderlands Modeling and Analysis"


A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Xiao-guang Zhou
School of Geosciences and Info-Physics, Central South University, Changsha 410083, Hunan, China
Phone: +86 731 8887 7984
Fax: +86 731 8887 7984
Interests: spatio-temporal database updating; crowdsourcing geographic information; mobility–tracking and services
Guest Editor
Dr. Weihua Dong
School of Geography and Remote Sensing, Beijing Normal University, No. 19, Xin Jie Kou Wai St., Hai Dian District, Beijing 100875, China
Interests: geospatial cognition and geocomputation; cartography and geovisualization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Borderlands are the spaces adjoining national boundaries and geographic units. Often, they encompass common ethnicities, economic patterns, cultures, and natural resources that are shared with neighboring countries. Such cross-border commonalities potentially contribute to sustainable development within the world. These commonalities cannot be divided by the politically-dictated, artificial boundary lines. People, goods, services, and ideas flow across boundaries from state to state very easily. In the past, data on the borderlands was difficult to obtain. This limited progress on borderland-related research. In recent years, data collection technologies have developed greatly, these technologies include remote sensing imagery and volunteered geographic information from Web 2.0 communities. These technologies provide opportunities for modeling and analyzing phenomena in borderland areas.

This Special Issue focuses on Progress in Borderlands Modeling and Analysis. The issue’s scope includes, but is not limited to, significant improvements in both the modeling and representation of digital borderlands and the capture and evaluation of reliable borderland information, geo-computing infrastructures for borderland studies, and analytical and quantitative methods for borderland research. Prospective authors are invited to contribute to this Special Issue of the International Journal of Geo-Information by submitting an original manuscript. Contributions may focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Spatial Data Infrastructures for digital borderlands
  • Capture methods for borderland information
  • Reliability evaluation methods for borderland information
  • Spatio-temporal borderland data modeling
  • Updating of borderland databases
  • Visualization methods for borderland data
  • Analytical and quantitative methods
  • Simulation models and techniques
  • Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS) for borderland business
  • Data standards for borderland information
  • Borderland data quality and uncertainty
  • Web Crawler Technology
  • Metadata architecture for digital boundaries
  • Multi-source data integration methods for borderland information
  • Boundary environment models
  • GPS/Mobile GIS applications in borderland data collection
  • Borderland information extraction from remote sensing

Prof. Dr. Xiao-guang Zhou
Dr. Weihua Dong
Guest Editors


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  • geographic information (GI) technologies and sciences
  • borderland regions
  • spatio-temporal data model
  • incremental updating
  • geo-computation
  • geo-visualization
  • crowdsourcing data / volunteered geographic information
  • reliability evaluation
  • spatial data analysis
  • simulation models and techniques
  • geo-statistics
  • spatial simulation
  • cartography
  • geospatial data handling
  • data quality or uncertainty
  • web crawler
  • geo-referenced text
  • place name
  • borderlines
  • metadata
  • data standards
  • spatial decision support systems

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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(3), 1530-1548; doi:10.3390/ijgi4031530
Received: 29 May 2015 / Revised: 10 August 2015 / Accepted: 12 August 2015 / Published: 21 August 2015
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(2), 661-676; doi:10.3390/ijgi4020661
Received: 19 August 2014 / Revised: 27 October 2014 / Accepted: 3 February 2015 / Published: 20 April 2015
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