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GeoHumanitarian Action Forum 8th July 2021

The 12th International Symposium on Digital Earth, 6th - 8th, July, 2021

The Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, University of Salzburg hosted the The 12th International Symposium on Digital Earth – ISDE12 – July, 6-8 2021. This special event brought together policymakers and scientists to explore pathways towards the vision of a ‘Digital Earth’.

The GeoHumanitarian Action Forum was a special forum in this year’s ISDE and was held on Thursday, July 8th, 2021. The day’s programme brought together experts from research institutions, service providers, and humanitarian actors, to exchange about the role of geospatial technologies and Earth observation in humanitarian operations. With a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and keynotes, the forum’s interactive format gave both newcomers and experts plenty of opportunity for networking and sharing ideas.

Report – insights and take aways

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Call for papers

Geospatial technologies at the interface of satellite Earth observation ( EO ) and geoinformatics ( GI ) are now widely used to support humanitarian operations. The uptake and further development of dedicated information services happens at unprecedented speed, with applications ranging from mission planning and operations in crisis intervention to population estimation for food distribution or vaccination campaigns. The global pandemic experience has even further pushed the need for objective and up-to-date information on impact on mortality rates and mitigation measures.
Co-organized by the Christian-Doppler laboratory GEOHUM, this special forum aims to exchange experience and good practice to comprehend this emerging technology mainly from the following two perspectives:

  • the information needs and technical capacities from humanitarian actors
  • the current trends of cutting-edge technological advancements in the field of EO * GI and artificial intelligence (AI)

We kindly like invite humanitarian organizations (NGOs and GOs), commercial and non-commercial service providers, as well as students and academics active or interested in this field to share their expertise and expectations in a stimulating environment.
Envisaged outcomes of this forum are a better understanding for using and producing relevant information products to optimize logistics, intervention, and mission planning conflict and humanitarian disaster situations.

If you are interested in this forum, you can send your paper proposals to Call for Paper – ISDE12 to share your ideas. Paper submission is possible until the 1st of February 2021.

Past Events

Opening of the Christian Doppler laboratory GEOHUM (CD laboratory for geospatial and EO-based humanitarian technologies)

Date: Wednesday, 08 July 2020, 15:00 – 17:00 (18:00)
Location: Virtual (via Hopin platform, free registration, main stage)

Content and editorial responsibility
Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Lang


15:00 Eröffnungsworte Vizerektorin für Forschung und Nachhaltigkeit Universität Salzburg
Nicola Hüsing
15:05 Grußworte der Bundesministerin für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort
Margarete Schramböck
15:10 Grußworte des Präsidenten der Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft
Martin Gerzabek
15:15 Bedeutung des Labors für die Region Salzburg
Landeshauptmann Wilfried Haslauer (Land Salzburg) / Walter Haas (ITG)
15:25 Introduction of the CDL: context, motivation, objectives, overview
Stefan Lang (head of the CDL)
15:45 Motivation of (relevance for) the company partner
Laura Leyser (general director of Ärzte ohne Grenzen, Médecins Sans Frontières Austria – MSF)
Audrey Lessard-Fontaine (head of GIS Unit, Médecins Sans Frontières Suisse – MSF)
16:00 Academic Keynote: “Deep learning for EO applications”
Sébastien Lefèvre, University of South Brittany
16:20 Detailed research topics of the CDL
Lorenz Wendt / Barbara Riedler / Barbara Hofer
16:40 Schlussworte