Special Issue "Geographic Complexity: Concepts, Theories, and Practices"
A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: geographic complexity; complexity theory and science; geographic information sciences (GIS); remote sensing (RS) image processing; analysis of geographical big data; spatial database; GIS theory and practice; high-performance computing; land ecology
Interests: geographic complexity; complexity theory and science; geographic information sciences (GIS); remote sensing (RS) image processing; transportation; parallel/cloud computing; ecological informatics; Boltzmann/Shannon entropy; fractals
Interests: landscape ecology; landscape genetics; forest ecology; climate change; wildlife ecology; disturbance ecology; population biology; landscape dynamic simulation modeling; landscape pattern analysis
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Interests: disabled-friendly environment; urban health and environmental epidemiology; social deprivation; applied demography; livelihood vulnerability; geospatial modeling
Our geography is a fundamentally important discipline with a long history. Focused on the surface of the Earth, research in this discipline has been conducted according to four dominant paradigms. The first is empirical, namely by describing geographic phenomena. The second is theoretical, in which some models and general laws are employed and tested. The third is computational, where geographic phenomena are simulated using digital computers with small real-world data sets. The last and most recent paradigm is eScience or data-intensive inquiries with big geographic data.
Since the Earth is a complex system, geographic research can benefit from theories and methods from complexity science (or sometimes complexity theory), which is the study of complex systems as “macroscopic collections of many basic but interacting units that are endowed with the potential to evolve in time” (O'Sullivan et al. 2006, p. 612). However, the use of complexity science in geographic research is somewhat limited, although several calls have been made and “geographic complexity” has been discussed (e.g., Manson 2007; Cushman 2016; Gao et al. 2017; Cheng et al. 2018; Shen et al. 2018; Song et al. 2018; Zhang et al. 2018).
This Special Issue aspires to further advance the frontiers of geographic complexity. The Special Issue’s guest editors invite submissions of original research from the communities related to the concepts, theories, or practices of geographic complexity. Topics include but are not limited to:
- Complexity science and geography;
- Entropic measures (e.g., Boltzmann entropy, Shannon entropy, mutual information, or joint entropy) for spatial data;
- Fractals for geographic data;
- Concepts, theories, or practices of geographic complexity;
- Visualization and/or analysis of complex geographic data;
- Nonlinearity, emergence, spontaneous order, adaptation, and/or feedback loops of geographic/spatial data;
- Nonlinear and dynamic models in geography.
Cheng CX, Shi PJ, Song CQ, Gao JB (2018) Geographic big-data: A new opportunity for geography complexity study. Acta Geographica Sinica 73(8):1397–1406.
Cushman SA (2016) Calculating the configurational entropy of a landscape mosaic. Landscape Ecology 31(3):481–489.
Gao PC, Zhang H, Li ZL (2017) A hierarchy-based solution to calculate the configurational entropy of landscape gradients. Landscape Ecology 32(6):1133–1146.
Manson SM (2007) Challenges in evaluating models of geographic complexity. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 34(2):245–260.
O'Sullivan D, Manson SM, Messina JP, Crawford TW (2006) Space, place, and complexity science. Environment and Planning A 38:611–617.
Shen S, Ye SJ, Cheng CX et al (2018) Persistence and Corresponding Time Scales of Soil Moisture Dynamics During Summer in the Babao River Basin, Northwest China. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123(17):8936–8948.
Song CQ, Cheng CX, Shi PJ (2018) Geography complexity: New connotations of geography in the new era. Acta Geographica Sinica 73(7):1204–1213.
Zhang T, Shen S, Cheng CX, Song CQ, Ye SJ (2018) Long-range correlation analysis of soil temperature and moisture on A'rou Hillsides, Babao River Basin. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123(22):12,606–12,620.
Prof. Dr. Changxiu Cheng
Dr. Peichao Gao
Prof. Dr. Samuel A. Cushman
Dr. Hung Chak Ho
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