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4421. What are the Grand Challenges of Geographic Information Science

Co-sponsored by GI Systems & Science, Cyberinfrastructure, Spatial Analysis & Modeling


What are Grand Challenges?

  • are extremely hard to do, yet are do-able

  • produce outcomes potentially affecting millions, if not hundreds of millions of people

  • require multiple research projects across many subdisciplines in order to be satisfactorily addressed

  • consist of well-defined metrics such that, through creativity and commitment, can be realistically met and one knows the end has been reached

  • capture the popular imagination, and thus political support


Make solar energy affordable

Engineer better medicines

Prevent nuclear terror

Provide access to clean water everywhere

Secure cyberspace

Reverse-engineer the brain!

“Grand Challenges”National Academy of Engineering


Panelists

  • Tim Nyerges, University of Washington

  • May Yuan, University of Oklahoma

  • Peggy Agouris, George Mason

  • Ted Cope, NGA

  • Jerry Johnston, EPA


Grand Challenges in GIScience??

  • Finish Digital Earth by 2015!

  • Create digital simulations of geographic phenomena indistinguishable from real counterparts!

  • Map or visualize all uncertainties!

  • Find all appropriate data no matter how hidden!


Geographic Representation

Scale

Spatial Data Acquisition & Integration

Spatial Cognition

Spatial Ontologies

Space and Space/Time Analysis & Modeling

Uncertainty

Visualization

GIS and Society

Geographic Information Engineering

UCGIS Long-Term Research Priorities


Grand Challenges in GIScience??

  • What is the cost to the nation of geographic information that is inaccurate, overaccurate or out-of-date?

  • What role can geographic technologies play in eliminating geographic illiteracy?

  • In what ways have we yet to exploit the superiority of digital maps over paper maps?

  • By how much can effective use of geographic information improve human safety and welfare while reducing the associated costs?

Keith Clarke, UCSB


http://www.ucgis.org


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