(The dateline of abstract submission is 27 April 2014)
Geographical reasoning is an important way of thinking about the world and its inhabitants, but our abilities in spatial thinking and reasoning are still quite primitive and require extensive exploration. Geographic knowledge is the product of geographic thinking and reasoning about the world’s natural and human phenomena, but it has now evolved from the phenomenological to the intellectual, from understanding “what” and “where” to “why” and “how”. This is initiating a change from an emphasis on geographic form to an emphasis on geographic process.
To date, geographic modelling and simulation is now regarded as a fundamental approach to geographic process mining and complex geographic problem solving and has led to many cutting-edge geographical analysis tools, such as those involving in working with Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs). VGEs offer a new generation of geographic analysis tool based on new types of web- and computer- based geographic environments which are built for understanding geographic processes and problem solving. Besides new kinds of databases and new forms of ‘big’ data, other core geo-process models have demonstrated the increasing importance of building of VGEs, with model sharing and model integration as its key issues.
To bridge the gap between model building and the design of geographic analysis tools, this conference aims at providing facilitation and communication between experts from multidisciplinary domains so that they are able to discuss several issues about how to make full use of geo-process models for geographic knowledge discovery.