The Peter Burrough Medal Award

05/24/2015 16:12
12/31/2015 00:00

The International Spatial Accuracy Research Association (ISARA) is accepting nominations for the 2016 Peter Burrough Medal for senior scientists.

The awarding of this medal recognizes sustained outstanding contributions to the thematic area of the International Symposia on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, namely how to measure, model and manage uncertainty and error in spatial natural resources and environmental models. The awardee will be invited as a keynote speaker to deliver the Peter Burrough lecture for the 12th Spatial Accuracy symposium in Montpellier, France, July 5-8, 2016, at which the awardee will receive the medal. The ISARA Conference organisation will furnish the awardee the normal keynote speaker support for registration, travel and accommodations.

Peter Burrough was among the first scholars to draw attention to the problem of error and uncertainty in spatial modelling with geographic information systems. He dedicated a full chapter to the topic in Principles of Geographical Information Systems for Land Resources Assessment (1986), and made major contributions to the topic over the following decades. His pioneering work defined the subject, and he was able to enthuse students and fellow scientists and let the subject develop into a major field of research within geo-information science, which is as alive and relevant as it was in the beginning years.

Any living person may be nominated. A nomination must take the form of a written letter (of no more than 750 words) from a scholar who is thoroughly acquainted with the nominee’s work, stating in a well-structured, well-argued and convincing manner why the nominee deserves the medal. The letter must be signed by a total of three scholars, one of whom must have attended at least one of the Spatial Accuracy symposia. Nominations should be sent before December 31, 2015, to the Medal Committee chair, Gerard B.M. Heuvelink (

More information about eligibility and nomination procedure is available at