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EUROGEO E-Newsletter: February 2014

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UNEP EyeonEarth Disaster Management

Since June 2013 EUROGEO has been a stakeholder organization of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative called “EyeonEarth”. On 17-20 November 2013 stakeholder organisations from around the world gathered in Geneva to examine data and geoinformation issues concerning disaster reduction, mitigation and management under the Eye on Disaster Management Special Initiative, led by Dr. Costis Toregas.

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The frequency and intensity of natural disasters in recent years have increased significantly, as has the loss of life and property from these events. There is a heightened awareness of the need to better anticipate threats and risks from natural and human affected disasters. The goal of the EyeonEarth initiative is to identify how geoinformation structures can be used to help plan more disaster resistant communities and infrastructure, respond more quickly to events, and help communities and ecosystems to recover more effectively.

The Eye on Disaster Management Special Initiative is a Public-Private Partnership to strengthen existing networks and support Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) capacity building. Special emphasis is on disaster resistant community development and resiliency in the most vulnerable communities and countries in the world. This development, initiated from work with the European Environment Agency, seeks to combine technology and expertise contributions of private sector companies and align this with the strengthening of existing governmental, intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder programs. In addition direct cooperation with international finance, development aid agencies and foundations would also be supposed to assist target countries and communities to develop the human, institutional, and technical frameworks and spatial data infrastructure needed to better plan for and respond to natural disasters.

Within the 5 years Eye on Disaster Management aims to: 1. prepare and disseminate a multi-level "sound practice" framework for an effective information infrastructure for more effective disaster reduction and recovery; 2. strengthen the alignment and synergy among existing disaster reduction and recovery information networks around the world. 3. implement a framework for strengthening information infrastructure capacity in the most needful and vulnerable communities around the world. The key target is the establishment/strengthening of credible, operational facilities within 20 of the world's poorest countries within 5 years.

The Disaster Management meeting
i) presented and discussed the two existing DM projects and explored funding opportunities.
FALCON Leadership project looks to connect 26 active networks in Disaster Management to leverage regional stakeholder networks, engage key SDI champions, strengthen Communities of Practice, engage donors as strategic partners, provide global SDI baseline and tools. SIIEM project initial efforts will focus on content, processes and institutional agreements instead of technology in order to ensure for selected key layers of information to be available and accessible at each stage of the emergency cycle. The discussion highlighted different issues such as the need to emphasize core data needed and creating a list of potential additional stakeholder to be included in the process.
ii) discussed the 2014 Eye on Earth Summit.
There was a presentation and discussion on the 2014 Eye on Earth summit to be held in Abu Dhabi, November 2014. It is increasingly evident that technology is not the bottleneck, but preparedness and human organizational dysfunction. Also scale matters; must learn to focus on local level, but with large scale data in the DM context. In addition to visible ones, we must pay attention to slow and silent disasters such as droughts with long aftermaths. The role of media (the press, digital outlets, social networks) as communicators is important; and should be given a strong role in the future.
iii) discussed options for adding new projects/activities, link to other projects.
Karl Donert, President of EUROGEO, was invited to present work being done in Europe on, iGuess and other initiatives as well as in the Eye on Environmental Education stakeholder group. A series of other project activities were presented and discussed.

EUROGEO joins "Open Geo for all"

In December 2013 EUROGEO applied for and was approved as a partner organization in the “Open Geo for All” initiative. The goal is, by combining the potential of e-learning tools and open source geospatial software, to strengthen education in GIScience by covering open source, open standards, and open data in geospatial technology. GeoCapabilities meeting photo

EUROGEO has been involved in training educators, teachers, NGOs and academics in using GIS and geo-media since 2003. The iGuess and projects have been successful in offering high quality training. Free and open GI software and other tools makes geospatial education available to students from all backgrounds worldwide (removing the need for high cost proprietary GI software). The widespread application of e-learning tools and open source GIS is expected to increase access to GIS education. Our aim is to make it possible for individuals and organisations to get geospatial education. EUROGEO will offer training courses under the Erasmus+ programme. Identiifying and applying for these courses can be done through the new EUList portal. Deadline for your institution to apply for a grant is March 26th.

GeoSkills Plus - a new EU funded project

EUROGEO is a partner in a new EU funded vocational education and training (VET) project under the Leonardo programme, called GeoSkills Plus. The aim of the three-year project is to transfer geospatial VET innovation and expertise from Dutch to labour market needs in three other countries (Belgium, Bulgaria and Lithuania).

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There is a growing need for well-trained students at all levels - vocational, bachelors, masters - in the GEO field. Demand in the EU labour market is increasing for an adequate number of well-trained VET students in fields of land surveying, mapping data collection, storage processing, delivering, and turning data into information, planning, analysing and decision-making with geo-information. The European GEO labour market has many jobs but the GEO education community has not been able to keep pace with these demands and is not producing enough qualified graduates. In order to tackle these issues the GeoSkillsPlus consortium was formed. GeoSkills Plus is based on work and activities undertaken in the Netherlands where the Geo Employment Market Foundation (SAGEO) was established in 2008. This foundation has had much success. SAGEO has a broad consortium of public and private organisations in Europe who connect workforce demands to graduate supply and the promotion of geospatial courses and skills. The GeoSkills Plus project will host activities such as workshops, roundtables, surveys and desk-top studies, where the European GEO community will be involved. It will make connections between GEO jobs and qualified graduates. The plan is to identify and set up optimal ways to Raise Awareness of GEO studies and increase student enrolment. GeoSkills Plus will also identify gaps between the supply of GEO jobs and the demand for qualified graduates, and set up ways to bridge the gap, in today's rapidly advancing technological times. EUROGEO will support and enable dissemination of the project activities and outcomes.

President Elected Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

In late November 2013 Karl Donert, President of EUROGEO, was nominated to become a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's College of Fellows is comprised of 597 individuals who act as the voting body of the Society. Fellows are elected at the Annual General Meeting. His election was confirmed in early January 2014.

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Fellows are expected to contribute to the activities of the Society or to the objectives and programs of the Society. Honorary Fellows recognize their service to the Society. Karl said, "I look forwward to contributing to Canadian Geography in the future. We have been working actively with Canadian geographers to try to raise the profile of the subject and recognition of the important role that geospatical sciences play in dealing with issues affecting many regions of the world".

2014 Conference: Call for sessions, papers and posters

EUROGEO invites sessions and conference abstracts for its next annual meeting that will take place in Valetta, Malta from May 15-17 2014. The deadline for early-bird registration and payment of fees is March 5th 2014. More at: conference 2014 cover

The theme of the conference is The Power of Geography and the Role of Spatial Information. It will seek to highlight an increasingly important and rapid growing field affecting all aspects of society in Europe and beyond. Activities will seek to establish interest groups to "tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative enterprises to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential" (EC Horizon 2020, 2013). Submissions on all areas of geographical research and development that illustrate the role and importance of geography in today's changing world are encouraged.

In addition to its scientific content, the conference also offers several rich cultural excursions. For more information:

Upcoming events

Geography Education Roadmap for Europe meeting This meeting wil take place in Utrecht from 20 - 22 February 2014.

digital-earth training courses EUROGEO will hold training courses for teachers on how to use new digital geographic media in schools. Are you aware of the newest geographic mapping, navigation and information tools already available to us and how you can include them in your classes?
o Find out about the two training courses taking place in Salzburg, Austria on: 2-6 March 2014 Details at: The training is the result of the Comenius network project.

School on the Cloud summit meeting Athens, Greece, March 22 2014, registration open to non-partners, €75,

EUROGEO Annual Meeting 2014: May 15-17 2014, Call for Abstracts The conference will be held at the old campus, University of Malta in Valetta. Papers are invited on all aspects of Geography, particularly those dealing with the issues of big data in the fields of urban areas, transport and the environment, amongst others. Papers dealing with the role of spatial data in decision making will be considered as most relevant to the conference theme. A key aspect to consider is the role and importance of geography in society today and the future. Full details available from:

EJG Update

Issue 4 of the journal for 2013 was published in December, this was a special issue resulting from the EUGEO conference in Rome. The ToC has the following papers:


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The European Journal of Geography (EJG) is the main publication of the European Association of Geographers. It seeks to provide commentary and the latest research in all areas of geography and related subjects. The purpose of the journal is to promote the discipline and the work of geographers to decision makers. EJG is an important lobbying tool in Brussels and Strasbourg. Geographers need to have increasing influence in decision making circles and, based on their work and research, have many important things to say. Submission details for the European Journal of Geography can be found at

Geographical Stories Database

Stories Database: EUROPE

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A manifesto for entrepreneurship and innovation to power growth in the EU
Study shows 35% of EU jobs depend on intellectual property rights
MEP stresses importance of 'smart, sustainable and inclusive' growth in Europe's cities
EU study predicts clean energy, climate failure by 2050
Draft pollution law seeks to tackle lethal European air
EU citizens force water debate onto agenda
EU geo-clusters to play a key role in fostering innovation for energy efficient buildings
EU regions encouraged to offer SMEs ICT vouchers to go digital
Greek Presidency to focus on integrated European migration policy
Latvia heralds 'big opportunity' as it joins eurozone

Stories Database: CLIMATE NEWS

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2013 was Australia's warmest year on record
Basically the world is experiencing a record heat wave at the moment. Except for one very outspoken corner
European Commission: What's causing climate change?
Futures: One guy with a marker just made the global warming debate completely obsolete
Indonesian indigenous groups fight climate change with GPS
Interactive Map Reveals Earth After The Ice Melts and Sea Level Rises
Study: Climate change may be fueling expansion of mangrove forests

Stories Database: ENVIRONMENT

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2013 in review: a year of increasing extreme weather events
Carbon footprint maps
Global Forest Canopy Heights
Top 5 environment issues to be discussed in the EU under the Greek Presidency


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Aid groups warn of growing hunger and disease as planet warms
European Cities two steps ahead with the Future Policy Modeling Project
High Streets and housing in the UK
How ethical are high street clothes?
Infographic: Where do refugees flee?
Mapping London's Cycling Census Dataset
Suburban London: changing processes impact on London urban fringe
The Geography of "Smart" vs. "Entrepreneurial" Cities
The global city revisited
The power of geography on communication


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Five most important landslides of 2013
Predicting Natural Disasters and Humanitarian Crises through GIS
The Role of High-Resolution Imagery and GIS in Flood Relief Efforts in Colorado
Aerial photos of Tewkesbury at flood time, salute the medieval town & abbey planners.
Glaciers message in a bottle
How does the Thames Barrier protect London from flooding?
Keeping tabs on the quickening pace of sea level change
Lake Erie Succumbs to the Deep Freeze
New Eruption May Be Brewing at El Hierro Volcano
Spectacular "blue lava" flows from an Indonesian volcano every night
Taking Earth's Temperature from Space
The Polar Vortex Gets Its 15 Minutes of Fame
Today's temperature anomaly: cold eastern US, hot Europe, warm Arctic
What lies beneath, scientists discover giant trench under Antarctic Ice


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FREE online climate change MOOC course starts. Sign up now.
Geospatial predictions for 2013 and 2014
New forms of open peer review will allow academics to separate scholarly evaluation from academic journals.
The Most Innovative Maps of 2013
What's next in mapping? The Places You'll Go
Why Earth Science should be a key part of the Science curriculum
Why Geographers Should Learn to Code
Why leaders should learn Geography?


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"Seeing People in the Map" storymap
An awesome visualization of current global weather conditions
An Ocean of Story Maps
Arab Region: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
Boreal Forest - Canadian Geographic Magazine
ESRI Thematic Atlas
Geography Soup
Google Earth A to Z: Volcanoes
Google Earth for teachers
Learn & Explore the World of Engenious! From Tropical Volcanic Island to Arctic Regions
Learn Europe
Learning about sea level change, contours and profiles interactively ;
Make a pirate treasure map with Bing
Soar over Japan in an entirely new way with 3D imagery in Google Maps.
World's 10 most interesting borders



Conservation Science
Every issue of Cartographic Perspectives ever published now available online for free!
New paper: Climate change, adaptation, and phenotypic plasticity: the problem and the evidence
Public engagement in GEES (Geography, Earth and Environmental Science)
Report: Cities, Middle Class to Play Greater Role in 2014
Spatial Distribution of Soil Organic Carbon and Total Nitrogen Based on GIS and Geostatistics

Fellowships, Tenders and Grants

ERC Starting Grants for PhD Researchers (European Commission). Open to: PhD researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any EU Member State or Associated Country Deadline: 25 March 2014 Grant: €1.5 milion

Prince Claus Fund Culture in Defiance Projects Open to: all parties working in the cultural and artistic spheres in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean Deadline: 28 February 2014 Grant: 15.000 euros

The Ove Arup Foundation invites applications for its smaller project grants. These support projects that are consistent with the education purposes of the foundation in the built environment. Previously funded projects include events, training programmes, workshops and institutional development initiatives. Funding is not available for individuals.

Global exploration fund for northern Europe research grants, National Geographic Society, US This supports hypothesis-based scientific research and is awarded based on potential for new advances in field sciences. The average award is 20,000 euros.

European Space Agency invites applications from European university students for sponsorship to attend a range of conferences

Sustainability project grants Grants are available in four different areas of focus; environment, empowerment, education and sustainable design. Programs or organizations applying for funding must serve communities where Alcoa has operating plants or offices. The minimum grant request is $15,000.

EC Call for proposals: Promotion of trans-national thematic tourism

Call for proposals Lifelong Learning Programme - Erasmus +, submission on various dates depending on Action

EDA: Earth observation and fuel dependencies - call for proposals

Europe for Citizens There are a range of different actions in this funding stream. Visit the following website for more information, including deadlines and dates:

COST: open call for research network funding

The EU Directorate-General for Competition invites applications for a literature review on the role and effectiveness of regional investment aid.

Computers and geosciences research scholarships, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, US These are intended to encourage graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the fields of geocomputation and geoinformatics, and particularly to foster the scientific dialogue believed to be fundamental to the advancement of research by exchanging ideas and expertise with others in the field. Up to four scholarships are available. Award amount max: $5,000 Closing date: 31 May 2014,

Natural resources research student awards, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, USA These are intended to encourage graduate students and postdocs working on quantitative approaches in the fields of exploration, assessment, extraction and utilisation of a wide variety of natural resources. Up to two awards are available, normally worth US$2,500. Closing date: 31 May 2014,

Mathematical geosciences student awards, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, USA These are intended to encourage graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the field of mathematical methods in the geosciences. Up to three awards are available. The award budget is US$7,500. Award amount max: Not specified Closing date: 31 May 14

Calls for papers
Journal of Economics and International Business Management JEIBM
Conservation Science is considering papers for inclusion
Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest
E3 Journal of Environment Research and Management
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology
European Educational Research Journal
European Journal of Geography
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS)
International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design,
International Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) Review Journal of Agriculture and Biological Sciences (JABS)
JABS Journal of BioUrbanism (JBU), architecture, planning, and built environment
Journal of Digital Humanities
Journal of Global Studies in Education
Journal of Learning Analytics
Net Journal of Social Sciences
Open Geography Journal
Prime Journal of Social Science
RIGEO: papers in education geography
Ubiquitous Personal Learning Environment (UPLE)

Geographical Events
A list of 2014 events and conferences are located on the main EUROGEO Web site: Click here

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