The Journal of Geospatial Science, Technology and Practice
Call for Papers
Special Issue on Integrated Landscape Management and Geomatics
We are inviting submissions on the theme of integrated landscape management for a special issue on ILM ‘Next Practices’. Integrated Landscape Management refers to any integrative approach to planning, assessment, and management that considers interactions within a 'whole system'. It encompasses ecosystem management, integrated resource/watershed management, the ecosystem approach, as well as integrated coastal zone and oceans management.
As a process, ILM comprises of activities, ranging from the development and use of technical systems for integrating geospatial information and data, to analytical models, which may be predictive or projective, such as watershed and climate change models, as well as engagement and knowledge production/co-production approaches, such as scenario and alternative futures. Complex integrative models of watersheds, climate change, and ecosystems are being used to support policy and decision-making in areas such as cumulative effects, trade-off analysis, risk assessment, strategic assessment or planning, etc. However, there are still few concrete examples of how these approaches contribute to planning and other decision-making outcomes, particularly across the interface of environmental science and the social sciences (eg., public health, social and economic development, etc) and the role of Geomatics as a strategic enabling technology.
This special issue is looking to highlight approaches that produce and transfer appropriate technical and scientific information and knowledge into regional policy and decision-making processes using geospatial decison communication, participation and decison support sytems. Articles are sought in the following areas:
- Practical experience and lessons learned highlighting the interrelationships between social, ecological/environmental, cultural, and economic systems. Methodological papers will be considered if their primary focus concerns the bridging science, data, analytical, and policy from a sustainable development planning and implementation perspective (outcomes).
- Frameworks and emerging directions for integration across sectoral, disciplinary and/or jurisdictional boundaries in place based, biophysically defined regions for ILM planning/proceses
- Studies or frameworks relating to cross cutting or ‘transboundary’ approaches to address the necessary integration and use of: data, scientific approaches to knowledge production, and transectoral policy (outcomes oriented).
- Papers that synthesize lessons learned information into ‘next practices’ frameworks, particularly those concerning physical environments in which social and cultural elements are developed.
- Insightful commentary or analytical papers that may be more speculative than research papers, but are documented by literature and practical case study information on elements of integration of planning, policy, and decision-making/implementation (eg., adaptive management).
- Strategies for incorporating the mutlistakeholder and multidisciplinary context into ILM processes or, supporting decision-making empirically through the use of new technology, better natural and social science methods.
Authors are encouraged to focus on practices or new directions by which ILM tools and information can more directly inform management actions. Practical experiences, lessons learned and forward thinking methodologies that consider the balance (and interactions) among social, economic, public health, development and environmental objectives in a region may fall into any or all of the following thematic groupings:
Data/technical integration - integrating systems for knowledge provision and production;
Analysis and modeling - processes and tools for engagement and interaction among mixed stakeholder groups (these may be variously technical, science and policy/management);
Engagement and knowledge co-production - the production and provision of new knowledge on complex regional issues to responsible authorities (eg., cumulative effects) through engagement and multistakeholder processes;
Communication and implementation - processes that transform geospatial and biophysical information into implementable policy and management actions for responsible planning authorities.
Manuscripts will be peer reviewed. Submissions will be accepted up to July 1, 2010. Manuscripts of approximately 16 typed, double-spaced pages should be submitted as as PDF files. Author names and affiliations should be omitted from the text so the papers are anonymous during review. The covering email should include this information and and other contact information of the main author. Once an item has been reviewed and accepted, more specific instructions are sent to authors to finalize their items for publication. For information, questions and submission of papers please contact:
Ruth Waldick, PhD.