Special Issue "Integrating GIS and Internet of Things (IoT) in Sustainable Cities"

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Marguerite Madden Website E-Mail
Center for Geospatial Research, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, USA
Fax: +1-706-542-2388
Interests: GIScience; landscape ecology; human–environment interactions
Guest Editor
Dr. Mingshu Wang Website E-Mail
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Interests: GIScience; Geodata Science; Urban Informatics
Guest Editor
Dr. Dev Raj Paudyal Website E-Mail
School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Interests: spatial data infrastructure; spatial data infrastructure; pro-poor land management; 3D Cadastre in megacities; informal settlement regularization; crowdsourcing; VGI
Guest Editor
Dr. Giuseppina Vacca Website E-Mail
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Cagliari, Italy
Interests: civil engineering, architecture; web-GIS; open source software; location-based services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable cities are key to addressing the global challenges of urbanization, including population growth, energy efficiency, food security, waste management, and transportation planning. According to the United Nations’ World Urbanization Prospects, 68% of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. This report notes that sustainable urbanization depends on the successful management of urban growth in order to ensure access to infrastructure and social services, adequate housing, education, health care, and a safe environment for all (United Nations 2018). The integration of geographic information systems (GIS) and the Internet of things (IoT) provides a powerful framework for designing smart, secure, and sustainable cities. Information and communication technologies (ICT), mobile devices, and location-aware sensors that are integrated in IoT networks enable person-to-object and object-to-object communication (Liu 2018).

Working Group Six of the ISPRS Commission IV (WG IV/6), “Internet of Things, SDI, and Spatial Decision Support”, announces this Special Issue of the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, entitled, “Integrating GIS and Internet of Things (IoT) in Sustainable Cities”, so as to exchange the latest innovations and developments in the integration of GIS and IoT for sustainable cities. We encourage submissions from perspectives of the thing (e.g., the state-of-art in sensors network and integration), the semantic (e.g., representing, storing, sharing, interconnecting, searching, and organizing (geo)information generated by the IoT), and the solutions (e.g., smart and connected communities, citizen science, ecological, and agricultural applications). We encourage contributions on (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Theories, frameworks, and paradigms of integrated GIS and IoT systems
  • Advancements in sensor networks and integration for applications such as smart transportation, intelligent homes, inventory management, parking, bicycle sharing, energy efficiency, and green infrastructure
  • Geoinformation search, retrieval, sharing, and representation from IoT, including multi-level spatial data infrastructure and web services
  • Spatial decision support systems with GIS-IoT
  • AI and machine learning with GIS-IoT
  • IoT, big data, and analytics: challenges, solutions, and potential
  • Geospatial applications of IoT in urban, ecological, health, business, and agricultural systems
  • Geospatial education and capacity building efforts with GIS-IoT for sustainable cities
  • Ethical and privacy considerations of IoT in urban areas
  • Citizen science, crowdsourcing, and VGI for sustainable cities
  • Pro-poor land management and regularization of slums for urban sustainability

Manuscripts for this exciting Special Issue should be submitted by 30 April 2020 for timely peer-review, selection, and publication in the open access journal ISPRS IJGI.

Dr. Marguerite Madden
Dr. Mingshu Wang
Dr. Dev Raj Paudyal
Dr. Giuseppina Vacca
Guest Editors


Liu, L., 2018. IoT and a sustainable city, Energy Procedia, 153:342-346.

United Nations, 2018. World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision, Key Facts, Working Paper No. ESA/P/WP.252, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, United Nations, New York. https://population.un.org/wpp/

Prof. Dr. Madden Marguerite
Guest Editor

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