Geospatial Information: Crucial Tool to Address Global Challenges

The lecture will address the use of geospatial information systems to address global sustainability challenges including the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These systems include existing initiatives (e.g., GEO, GEOSS, Copernicus, Inspire) as well as new ones, namely, U.N. Global Geospatial Information Management and Digital Belt and Road initiatives. The speaker will discuss the role of geoinformatics, cartographers, and remote sensing for Agenda 2030 and Sendai Framework targets and indicators. The potential of Armenia in the realization of the above-mentioned activities would be discussed with lecture participants.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Milan Konecny is a professor of Cartography and Geoinformatics at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He was/is a Guest Professor of The Chinese University in Hong Kong, The Henan University, Kaifeng, and the Shenzhen University, China, the Vienna University, Austria, Constantine the Philosopher University etc. Now he is a professor of the Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China.
In 2003-2007 he was a President of International Cartographic Association (ICA); he founded and served as a chairman of ICA Commission on Cartography on Early Warning and Crises Management and from July 2019 continues as its vice-chair; he was an Acting President and the Vice-President of International Society for Digital Earth and he is an Academician and Vice-President of International Eurasian Academy of Science.

He is an author (with co-author K. Rais) of the first textbook of GIS in the World (1985); he leaded/participated in domestic and international research projects, like Dynamic Geovisualization in Crises Management (Czech Ministry of Education and Youth); or EU- China Disaster Risk Management project of the highest level (European Commission and Chinese State Burreau) titled – Dynamic mapping for risk and crisis management in big data era, realized by Nanjing Normal University and Masaryk University (CZ), China-Czech Intergovernmental Science and Technology Cooperation Project 2017.4-2019.12;latest ones are HORIZON 2020 EU-China SieuSoil project, SIEUSOIL – SIno-EU Soil Observatory for Intelligent Land use Management, Horizon 2020 EU-China, Call: H2020-SFS-2018-2020, (Sustainable Food Security).

He is an author/co-author of more than 120 research papers and 7 books and editor of approx. 20 Proceedings of international conferences of GIS, cartography, early warning and disaster risk management. Last items are Chapter 15 in Manual of Digital Earth titled: Digital Earth for Disaster Mitigation, 2020 and chapter Geospatial Intelligence in Dealing with COVID-19 Challenges in Czechia, pp. 393-398. In: Abbas Rajabifard Greg Foliente Daniel Paez, eds.COVID-19 Pandemic, Geospatial Information, and Community Resilience Global Applications and Lessons. Taylor & Francis Group, 2021.