2019 SCGIS 22nd Annual Conference

Jul 15, 2019 to Jul 17, 2019, Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA

Pre-Conference workshops: Sunday July 14, 2019


SCGIS 2019 Annual Conference

Theme: Bridging the Nature-Human Divide

Submission deadline: March 29, 2019 

Abstracts for oral presentations and technical workshops will be selected by the SCGIS Conference Committee and chosen participants will be contacted in late April. Each presenter will have 15 minutes which includes a few minutes for Q&A with the audience. SCGIS will record your conference presentation and will post your presentation pdf in our conference proceedings for the benefit of our global members. If you have any special requests regarding recording or proceedings, please send them to conference@scgis.org.

This year, we are partnering with CRSnet (Conservation Remote Sensing Network) and invite any conservation remote sensing talks to be submitted for a special track.  Please select Conservation Remote Sensing as your topic to be considered for this special session.

Presentation types include

  • 15 Minute Presentation
  • 85 Minute Technical Workshop
  • Student Paper Presentation (Students, please choose this presentation type to be entered into our student paper competition with prizes of $300, $200, and $100 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively)
  • SCGIS Scholar Presentation (for SCGIS Scholars and Train-the-Trainers only)

Abstracts are not required for posters or maps displayed in the Map Gallery. Please submit those separately on the Map Gallery page.

Abstract Submission Guidelines


  • Author/Presenter name(s)
  • Presentation title (10 words or less)
  • Topic category
  • Organization name
  • Complete address, phone, and email
  • Brief presenter biography (25 words or less)
  • Abstract (1500 characters or less - including spaces)

Be sure to answer these questions in your abstract:

  • What problem did you solve with GIS? What advantage did GIS give you?
  • If you used geospatial analyses what types did you use? Explain how and why.
  • What are your findings or results?
  • How will the audience benefit?

Content and Formatting

  • All papers and presentations must be non-commercial. At no time is it permissible for presenters to use their time to advertise or promote a product, service, or company.  
  • Abstracts will be published on the conference website and program. Please do not use bullet points, numbered lists, or all capital letters. Submissions must be in English.
  • Please do not include information in your abstract that will not be included in your presentation.

Presentation Topics

We encourage presentations on our conference theme:  Bridging the Nature-Human Divide.  However, we also welcome abstracts on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to:

TECHNICAL: Focus is on the technique not the application

  • Cartography
  • Software Development
  • General Modeling Techniques
  • Remote Sensing & Lidar Methods
  • GPS Methods
  • Data Sources for Conservation
  • Drones for Conservation
  • Conservation Apps and Mobile
  • Statistical Methods for Conservation
  • Online System Designs for Conservation

LAND AND OCEAN focus on landscapes, seascapes, ecosystems & planning

  • Aquatic systems and Lake/River Conservation
  • Ocean/marine conservation
  • Marine Biodiversity Conservation
  • Marine Mammals
  • Watershed Conservation
  • Wetland Ecosystems
  • Riparian Communities
  • Vegetation & Land Cover Mapping
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Landscape Conservation and Change Detection
  • Deforestation and Reforestation
  • Fire Ecology
  • Corridors and Connectivity
  • Protected Areas
  • Wilderness Assessment & Management
  • Planning: Land Trust Methods
  • Planning: Landscape Conservation Site Design
  • Planning: Conservation Prioritization
  • Planning: Corridor Design and Management
  • Planning: Landscape Classification and Mapping
  • Planning: resiliency planning/mapping
  • Climate Change Planning
  • Climate Change Impacts Assessment
  • Climate Change Coastal Issues & Sea Level Rise
  • Climate Change Ecosystem & Forest Impacts
  • Climate Change Watershed and Drought Impacts
  • Climate Change Flooding and Disaster Impacts
  • Pollution
  • Water Pollution
  • Hydrology
  • Water as Ecosystem Services
  • Groundwater Assessment and Recharge

SPECIES:  focused on specific taxonomic groups & population survival

  •  Birds & Bird Habitats
  •  Felid Conservation
  •  Endangered Species Conservation
  •  Rare Plant Conservation
  •  Rare Species Disease and Epidemiology
  •  Species Threats, Poaching and Assessment
  •  Invasive Species
  •  Species Methods and Models
  •  Habitat Mapping and Suitability
  •  Species Genetics and Taxonomic Methods
  •  Wildlife Movement, tracking and modelling
  •  Population Viability and Survival Methods

PEOPLE: Issues about people, their institutions, education and lives.

  •  Indigenous & Community based conservation
  •  Indigenous Traditions for Living on the Landscape
  •  Farming and Fisheries Sustainable Communities
  •  Conservation in Urban Settings
  •  Environmental Justice
  •  Conservation Education and Advocacy
  •  Conservation Storytelling and Storymaps
  •  Public Access to Conservation and GIS Data
  •  Community-based online conservation, apps and databases
  •  Collaborative Technologies for Citizen Engagement
  •  Social Forces in Conservation and Protection
  •  Conservation Economics & Ecosystem Services
  •  Energy Development and Impacts

OTHER:  Issues not addressed in the list above