Special Issue "Coastal GIS"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Timothy Nyerges
Department of Geography, University of Washington, Box 353550, Smith Hall 408, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/nyerges
E-Mail: nyerges@u.washington.edu
Phone: +1 206 543 5296
Fax: +1 206 543 3313
Interests: CyberGIS Software Integration for Sustained Geospatial Innovation; Spatial-temporal Modeling of Coastal Resilience; Participatory Interaction Modeling of Online Geographic Decision Making; Spatial-Temporal Modeling of Watershed Sustainability; Large-scale geospatial data libraries for public decision support; Collaborative Decision Support for Water Resources; Collaborative Decision Support for Coastal Resilience; GIS for Risk Evaluation and Decision Analysis; Student learning outcomes within group projects with GIS; Geographic information representation, human cognition, and user interfaces; Land use, transportation, and environmental applications of GIS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

More than half of the world's human population lived in coastal areas in 2000, and this proportion is predicted to increase to 75 percent by 2025. Geographic information systems (GIS) are being developed and used by technical specialists, stakeholder publics, and executive/policy decision makers for improving our understanding and management of coastal areas, separately and together as more organizations focus on improving the sustainability and resilience of coastal systems. Coastal systems, defined as the area of land closely connected to the sea, including barrier islands, wetlands, mudflats, beaches, estuaries, cities, towns, recreational areas, and maritime facilities; the continental seas and shelves; and the overlying atmosphere, are subject to complex and dynamic interactions among natural and human-driven processes. Coastal systems are crucial to regional and national economies, hosting valued human-built infrastructure and providing ecosystem services that sustain human well-being. Data sets characterizing geospatial dynamics of coastal systems phenomena are of increasingly larger sizes, and thus the need for effective spatial-temporal data management is ever more critical. GIS data analyses using spatial-temporal data are becoming more important as support for exploring, understanding, and decision making about complex coastal problems characterized in terms of human-environment systems. GIS research that explores, integrates, analyzes, synthesizes, and visualizes geospatial data about human-environment interaction are all considered important activities for coastal GIS.

The following topics are encouraged, but others will be considered as well.

  • spatial-temporal data collection for characterizing coastal systems
  • remote sensing and LiDAR data collection on the coast
  • spatial-temporal data modeling and data management about coastal phenomena
  • spatial-temporal analysis and/or modeling of coastal human-environment interactions
  • description, assessment, and/or management of sustainable and resilient coastal systems
  • geovisualization of dynamic coastal phenomena (e.g., land, water, air, human activities)
  • change detection of coastal phenomena and the processes underlying these phenomena
  • primary, secondary and cumulative impacts synthesized from analysis of coastal development
  • governing and governance of coastal systems areas with support from GIS
  • decision support for marine spatial planning and management
  • applications of coastal GIS for nearshore landscape-waterscape design and decision making,
  • applications in coastal emergency management, e.g., disaster mitigation, response and recovery
  • advanced technology instrumentation for collection of coastal GIS data
  • simulations of coastal processes for geospatial education

Prof. Dr. Timothy Nyerges
Guest Editor


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  • coastal
  • GIS
  • coastal systems
  • geospatial dynamics

Published Papers (6 papers)

ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(2), 391-407; doi:10.3390/ijgi3020391
Received: 19 September 2013; in revised form: 26 February 2014 / Accepted: 5 March 2014 / Published: 26 March 2014
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(1), 326-344; doi:10.3390/ijgi3010326
Received: 5 December 2013; in revised form: 14 February 2014 / Accepted: 5 March 2014 / Published: 14 March 2014
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(1), 297-325; doi:10.3390/ijgi3010297
Received: 12 October 2013; in revised form: 11 February 2014 / Accepted: 20 February 2014 / Published: 6 March 2014
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(1), 66-95; doi:10.3390/ijgi3010066
Received: 28 November 2013; in revised form: 20 December 2013 / Accepted: 10 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(1), 49-65; doi:10.3390/ijgi3010049
Received: 30 November 2013; in revised form: 7 January 2014 / Accepted: 8 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2013, 2(4), 1153-1168; doi:10.3390/ijgi2041153
Received: 30 September 2013; in revised form: 5 November 2013 / Accepted: 26 November 2013 / Published: 9 December 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: A dynamic GIS as an efficient tool for ICZM
Authors: Françoise Gourmelon* and Damien Le Guyader
Affiliation: CNRS LETG-Brest, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (UBO), Technopôle Brest-Iroise, 29280 Plouzané, France ; E-Mails : francoise.gourmelon@univ-brest.fr, damien.leguyader@univ-brest.fr
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-Mail: francoise.gourmelon@univ-brest.fr;
Tel.: +33-2-9849-8683; Fax: +33-2-988-703
Abstract: This contribution deals with the role of geographical information in participatory research concerning coastal zones and its potential to bridge the gap between research and coastal zone management. The study aims at modeling the interactions between several human activities in a maritime basin. Spatial, temporal, quantitative and qualitative data acquisition combines analysis of databases and results from interviews. The heterogeneous data collected are stored in a spatio-temporal database which is used with a GIS to produce temporal snapshots of daily human activity patterns over a one-year period. It allows to identify, quantify and map potential uses conflicts in space and time between activities. This GIS is used as a tool to facilitate the exchange of points of view and to share knowledge at several levels: data collection, GIS analysis, mapping, and simulations. The results show that the GIS-based capture data is well managed by the stakeholders who are interested in contributing to the process of gathering scientific data. The results of a participatory workshop with stakeholders show that the dynamic component of the data adds a real value for management. The possibility to use such a dynamic GIS to discuss and simulate management scenarios is tested.
Keywords: GIS; ICZM; human activities; management scenarios; participatory workshop; spatio-temporal database

Title: The application of web-based decision support tools for visualizing coastal flooding vulnerabilities and planning for resiliency: The New Jersey Experience
Authors: Richard Lathrop 1, Lisa Auermuller 2, Jim Trimble 1 and John Bognar 1
Affiliations: 1 Center for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551, USA
2 Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Tuckerton, NJ, USA
Abstract: While sea level rise is a world-wide phenomenon, mitigating its impacts is a local decision-making challenge that is going to require site-specific remedies. Faced with a variety of conflicting mandates and uncertainty as to appropriate responses, local land use planner and managers need place-based decision support system tools. To address these needs, we developed NJFloodMapper (www.NJFloodMapper.com) to help decision-makers assess the vulnerability of key infrastructure within their communities to sea level rise. Based on initial user surveys, we chose a template developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center that provided a suite internet-accessible, user-friendly geospatial visualization tools. We have and continue to customize the template to meet our users’ identified needs. A variety of geospatial data sets have been developed to characterize and map both human as well as environmental values and vulnerabilities. While NJFloodMapper was initially designed to address the long term effects of sea level rise, as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the tool has been expanded to map past and potential future storm-related surge. To provide more comprehensive decision support capability, the NJFloodMapper tool is being closely integrated with the web-based Getting to Resilience community evaluation tool (www.prepareyourcommunitynj.org). In combination, these web-based tools are a key element of an extensive outreach program to local communities to promote enhanced preparedness and land use planning decisions in the face of continued sea level rise and devastating coastal storms.
Keywords: sea level rise; coastal hazards; web-based interactive mapping; decision support system

Last update: 19 June 2013

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