Request for Proposals

07/15/2012 17:45
12/12/2012 17:45




The Steering Committee of the biannual series, "International Symposia on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences" solicits proposals for hosting and organizing the next symposium in 2014.


The Accuracy Symposium brings together experts from environmental sciences, natural resources, spatial statistics, and geographic information science to develop theory and methods for assessing and understandingspatial uncertainty. The symposium has met every two years since 1994 in a variety of international locations (USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Australia, Portugal, China, United Kingdom, Brazil) and has attracted between 80 and 150 participants. Symposia programs have included combinations of keynote speakers, invited paper sessions, contributed paper sessions, posters, and workshops. Symposia topics have included:


  • aggregation and generalization in spatial uncertainty assessment
  • design- and model-based approaches to spatial accuracy assessment
  • error sensitive GIS
  • incorporating uncertainty in spatial decision making
  • uncertainty in remotely sensed data and images
  • model validation with imperfect ground truth data
  • positional uncertainty in spatial analyses
  • propagation of uncertainty
  • spatial uncertainty for categorical data
  • stochastic spatial simulation
  • spatio-temporal analyses and uncertainty
  • visualizing spatial uncertainty


with applications in nearly all areas of environmental sciences and natural resources and accuracy and uncertainty assessments in related quantitative applications such as spatial statistics, statistical sampling, inventory and monitoring, and simulation modeling. Each previous symposium has included a proceedings which was distributed at or shortly following the symposium.


If you are interested in organizing and hosting the next symposium, the Steering Committee invites you to submit a preliminary proposal (up to 4 pages) that addresses the items below. The proposals are to be submitted by 12th Oct, 2012. If you would like to submit a proposal but cannot satisfy this date, please contact Linda Lilburne whose contact information is provided below.


  • approximate date of the conference
  • venue, including conference site and lodging accommodations
  • program structure, including types of presentations and conference length
  • conference proceedings
  • dining facilities and tourist attractions in the vicinity of the conference site
  • distance and transportation to the nearest commercial airport
  • possible field trips of interest to natural resource professionals
  • a brief statement regarding local support


Information on the following items must be submitted by 12th December 2012, pending final acceptance (but should be included in the preliminary proposal if possible):


  • local support including members of organizing committee,administrative support, and local participation in the symposium
  • a plan for advertising the symposium internationally
  • budget, including registration schedule fee for presenters, attendees, students, keynote speakers, and honoraria; cost of accommodation; financialcontributors and/or underwriters
  • proposedtime schedule, including deadlines for abstract submission, registration, accommodation, and manuscript submission Proposals for a joint meeting of the Accuracy Symposium with another group with similar scientific interests will be considered.


Proposals must be submitted to:


Best regards


Steering Committee

  • Linda Lilburne, Landcare Research, New Zealand(chair)
  • Kim Lowell, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Jingxiong Zhang, Wuhan University, China
  • Dan Griffith, University of Texas, USA
  • Carlos Vieira, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina,Brazil

budget, including registration schedule fee for presenters, attendees, students, keynote speakers, and honoraria; cost of accommodation; financialcontributors and/or underwriters