The International Conference on Cartographic Visualization of Big Data for Early Warning and Disaster/Crisis Management (EW&CM) ended successfully at the Nanjing Normal University at Oct 28, 2016. The conference was organized by the International Cartographic Association(ICA) and School of Geography Science of Nanjing Normal University, co-organized by Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment (Ministry of Education), Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, Jiangsu Association for the Sciences of Remote sensing and Geographic information system, Jiangsu Society for Geodesy Photogrammetry and Cartography.
The opening ceremony of the conference was held in the Jing Wen Library East report hall which located in Xianlin Campus of Nanjing Normal University on the morning of October 27th, chaired by Professor Tang Guoan, the Dean of School of Geography Science of Nanjing Normal University. At the conference, vice president of Nanjing Normal University professor Tian Lixin, Chairman of ICA Commission Cartography on Early Warning and Crises Management (Former President, International Cartographic Association (ICA)) Milan Konecny, Secretary-General of ICA, Professor László Zentai gave speeches. After the opening of the conference, Science Committee Integrated Research on Disaster Risk IRDR (Science Committee Integrated Research on Disaster Risk IRDR) Prof. Sálvano Briceño, Prof. László Zentai and Vice-Dean, Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping Prof. Jiping Liu respectively made presentations by the topics of: Contribution of Big Data and Geo-information to Reducing Disaster Risk, Challenges of modern cartography and Discovery and Integration of Disaster-related Geospatial Data from Web.
The experts and scholars of the conference came from around the world. They during the conference, Professor Konecny Milan, Dr. Christophe Lienert, Deputy Head Section Water Resources Management Flood (expert member at the Cantonal Operational Headquarters Vice-Chair ICA Commission Cartography on Early Warning and Crisis Management), Temenoujka Bandrova professor of University of Architecture, Civil Engineering (Geodesy President of Bulgarian Cartographic Association Chair) Prof.Rajib Shaw, Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), Professor Li Jing, Beijing Normal University and Director of International S&T Cooperation Base of Disaster Reduction and Sustainable Development, Prof.Liu Ping, National Institute of Emergency Management/China-EU Institute of Emergentcy Management, Chinese Academy of Governance, Dr. Bai Tao, Asia Council President and Global Business Director of International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). They respectively made presentations by the topics of: Integrated GIS，Web-services，and Interactive Real-Time Maps in Natural Hazard Early Warning, Cartographic Visualization for Disaster Management Response, Enhancing the last mile communication: Link of science and society, Disaster Mapping based on fusion of multi-source and multi-tempral remote sensing data at decision level and Emergency Management in China and so on.
The number experts and scholars who come from around the world of this conference is more than 60. They gave speeches on the topics of Geographic Modeling for Early Warning of Disaster, Earth Observation Technologies for Crisis Management, Real-time Location based Big Data Analysis, Visualization for Disaster Management and Cartographic Methods and Techniques for Early Warning and Disaster Management. Nanjing Normal University professor Chen Min chaired the Panel Discussion, and the members of the conference expressed their views. The conference promote the mutual learning of each other and enhance the friendship between the participants.
The closing ceremony was chaired by the chairman of the conference, Professor Konecny Milan and the conference organizers, Nanjing Normal University, Professor Chen Min at Oct 28 afternoon. At the closing ceremony, the scholars of various countries summarized the content of the general assembly, exchanged of experience, and expressed their feelings.