1st Regional Conference on Environmental Modeling and Software (Asian Region)

"Modelling for Environmental Sustainability: Asia’s Next Great Challenge"

May 18-20, 2019, Nanjing, China

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It is widely accepted that environmental sustainability is a critical for human life (especially for future generations). The practice of environmental sustainability attempts to provide solutions for rapidly depleting renewable/unrenewable resources and protecting the environment long-term. Modeling and simulation is continues to be an effective approach for better characterizing the real world and thus supporting practical policy-formulating and decision-making needs. Due to the complexity of Earth’s environmental system, which includes massive dynamic chemical, biological, and physical processes and complicated human activities, it is impossible to develop an all-inclusive models which represent all local and global environmental interactions. Therefore, it is essential to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines when modeling Earth’s environmental system. The methods, theories, and practices of interdisciplinary modeling (such as integrated environmental modeling, collaborative modeling, and participatory modeling) require continual improvement to meet these challenges. Studies about Future Earth (FE), Virtual Geographic Environment (VGE), E-Science and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based modeling are all important and effective approaches for exploring the environment’s past, present and future; these studies have also promoted trends towards sharing, reusing and integrating models, data and other modeling-related resources in an open web environment, which can support researchers’ communication and collaborative work. Moreover, the study of modeling for environmental sustainability needs to take the social barriers into consideration as well.

Asia, which is the largest and most populous continent in the world – including nearly 50 developed/developing countries – is now challenged by environmental sustainability as its biggest problem. Discussion of modeling for environmental sustainability in Asia can provide potential solutions for solving environmental problems not only in Asia but also worldwide. This iEMSs Regional Conference aims to discuss and explore related theories, methods and potential practices, facilitating communication between experts from multidisciplinary domains, encouraging extensive discussion regarding the potential directions of the field, and promoting further research for a bright future.

We are soliciting original and cutting-edge research submissions in all areas related to Environmental Modelling and Software, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Environmental modeling in Asia
  • Model development and modeling frameworks
  • Integrated environmental modeling
  • Climate change modeling
  • Environmental modeling uncertainty issues, optimization, and sensitivity analysis
  • Environmental modeling for decision support and engaging the public
  • Innovative software and algorithms for environmental modeling
  • Applications of environmental modeling
  • Data mining, artificial intelligence, GIS, and remote sensing
  • Deadlines

    Important Note: Deadline of full paper submission and early registration has been extended

    Due to many requests, the deadline of the full paper submission (including Student and Early Career Scholarship and Conference Travel Grants application) and early registration for the 1st Regional Conference on Environmental Modeling and Software (Asian Region) has been extended to 17 March and 25 March 2019.

    Event Deadline
    Deadline for submission of full papers (Optional & only required for applicants of student scholarships and conference travel grants)
    (Note: The first round of abstract and full text submission deadline is only for participants who apply for the conference excellent paper award and travel grant award. For the specific application steps, please visit the conference website homepage.)
    5 March 2019       17 March 2019
    Notification of acceptance of full papers and results of student scholarships and conference travel grants
    First round of notification of acceptance of abstracts
    12 March 2019    22 March 2019
    Deadline for early registration
    (Note: Participants registered before the early bird registration deadline can enjoy the conference registration fee discount.)
    15 March 2019    25 March 2019
    Deadline for submission of abstracts 1 April 2019
    Final round of notification of acceptance of abstracts 8 April 2019
    Deadline for conference registration 20 April 2019

    Student and Early Career Scholarship and Conference Travel Grants

    A total of six student and early career scholarship and conference travel grants of up to $400 USD will be made available to students and early-stage scholars, who have full papers accepted for presentation at our upcoming iEMSs 2019 Regional Conference in Nanjing, China.

    These student and early career scholarship and conference travel grants are intended to help offset the travel costs of students and early-stage scholars who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference and have been made available by the generous contributions of Nanjing Normal University School of Geography.


    Scholarship and Travel grants are available only to students or early-stage scholars who have no tenured position at the moment of applying, who have a full paper accepted for full presentation at the conference, and who are lead author of their paper. The selection process seeks to support diverse participation at the conference, with priority given to under-represented regions and countries.

    Note that for co-authored papers, only the first author is eligible for a grant.

    How to apply

    Complete the application form on the iEMSs 2019 Regional Conference website. Download

    The application form document should be sent to Mr. Fengyuan Zhang ( zhangfengyuangis@163.com ), and the applicants name should appear in the email subject line and with the words "iEMSs2019 Student and Early Career Scholarship and Conference Travel Grants".

    Note that successful applicants will receive an award letter by e-mail which will be issued to the institution that covered the expenses. The successful applicants’ institution is expected to cover the remaining expenses for the travel if the scholarship or travel grant does not completely cover it.

    Application Deadline

    23:59 GMT, 17 March 2019


    Scholarship or travel grant awardees will be notified and will have one week to confirm their acceptance, after which unconfirmed grants will be reassigned to other applicants. Initial decisions will be made by 22 March 2019.

    Requirements after acceptance

    There are three conditions for release of grant funds:
    1. Successful applicants must submit their full papers online by 17 March, 2019;
    2. A signed confirmation form must be received by Treasurer of iEMSs 2019 Regional Conference;
    3. Successful applicants must attend and present their work in the iEMSs 2019 Regional Conference.
    Successful applicants will receive the scholar or travel grant during the conference.


    • International Environmental Modelling and Software Society
    • Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment(Ministry of Education of PRC), Nanjing Normal University, China
    • School of Geography Science, Nanjing Normal University, China


    • Professional Committee of Geographic Information Modelling and Analysis, The Geographical Society of China
    • Virtual Geographic Environment Committee, Chinese National Committee of International Society for Digital Earth
    • Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, China
    • State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base of Geographical Environment Evolution (Jiangsu Province), China
    • Jiangsu Society for Geodesy Photogrammetry and Cartography, China
    • Jiangsu Association for the Sciences of Remote sensing and Geographic Information System, China
    • The Geographical Society of Jiangsu Province, China
    • National Data Sharing and Service Platform for Earth System

    Main Topics

    The main conference topics will include but are not limited to:
    • Modeling of Geographic World in Open Web Environment
    • Cooperation in Intergrating of Geo-analysis Models
    • Spatio-Temporal Modelling and Integration
    • Interoperability, Reusability, and Integrated Systems
    • Information Technology for Sharing and Integrating Geo-analysis Models
    • Visualization of Geographical Data and Interaction of Geo-analysis Models
    • Tools and Methods of Participatory Modelling
    • Geographic Modeling as a Key Component in VGE


    International Scientific Committee

    • Chairman:
      Daniel P. Ames, Brigham Young University
    • Co-chairmen:
      Anthony Jakeman, Australian National University
      Alexey Voinov, University of Technology Sydney
    • Members(in alphabetical order according to last name):
      Georgii Alexandrov, Russian Academy of Sciences
      Ioannis Athanasiadis, Wageningen University
      Carlos Granell Canut, Jaume I University
      Jonathan Goodall, University of Virginia
      Carlo Gualtieri, University of Naples Federico II
      Quillon Harpham, HR Wallingford, UK
      Albert Kettner, University of Colarado Boulder
      Peter Khaiter, York University
      Nagesh Kolagani, Indian Institute of Information Technology
      Hui Lin, Chinese University of HongKong
      John C. Little, Virginia Tech
      Amir Sadoddin, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sci.& Natural Resources
      Nigel William Trevelyan Quinn, Berkeley National Laboratory
      Holger R. Maier, The University of Adelaide
      Stefan Reis, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, United Kingdom
      Paul Torrens, State University of New York
      Gregory E. Tucker, University of Colarado Boulder
      Changlin Wang, The Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

    Local Organizing Committee

    • Chairman:
      Guonian Lu, Nanjing Normal University
    • Co-chairmen:
      Jinfeng Wang, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
      Axing Zhu, Nanjing Normal University
      Min Chen, Nanjing Normal University
    • Members(in alphabetical order according to last name):
      Min Cao, Nanjing Normal University
      Xufeng Cui, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law
      Qiang Dai, Nanjing Normal University
      Fei Guo, Nanjing Normal
      Jiping Jiang, Southern University of Science and Technology
      Longhui Li, Nanjing Normal University
      Fei Li, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law
      Shuo Li, Nanjing Normal University
      Jian Liu, Nanjing Normal University
      Junzhi Liu, Nanjing Normal University
      Zhuotong Nan, Nanjing Normal University
      Liang Ning, Nanjing Normal University
      Zhiyao Song, Nanjing Normal University
      Yongning Wen, Nanjing Normal University
      Yiping Wu, Xi'an Jiaotong University
      TianXiang Yue, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
      Ke Zhang, Hohai University

    Keynote Speakers

    Prof. Huadong Guo
    Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences
    President, International Society for Digital Earth

    Guo Huadong is Director-General of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), an Academician of CAS, a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), and an Academician of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences. He presently serves as President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), Secretary-General of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE) published by Taylor & Francis. He has over thirty years of experience in remote sensing, specializing in radar for Earth observation and remote sensing applications, and involving research on digital Earth since the end of the last century. He has been Principle Investigator for over twenty major national projects or programs in China, and Principle Investigator for seven international radar remote sensing projects. He also serves as Director of the International Center on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the Auspices of UNESCO. He has published more than three-hundred papers and fifteen books, and is the principal awardee of thirteen national and CAS prizes, one being “National Outstanding Expert”, awarded by the State Council of China.

    Prof. Michael Barton
    Director, Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity, Arizona State University
    Head, Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences

    C. Michael Barton is Director of the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Affiliate Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University (USA). His research centers around long-term human ecology and landscape dynamics, integrating computational modeling, geospatial technologies, and data science with geoarchaeological field work. Barton has directed transdisciplinary research on hunter-gatherers and small-holder farmers in the ancient Mediterranean for over two decades, and co-directs research on human-environmental interactions in the modern world in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He also heads CoMSES Net (the Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences), an international research network to promote accessibility, open science, and best practices for computation in the socio-ecological sciences.

    Prof. Paul Whitehead
    Director, NERC Macronutrients Cycles Programme, Oxford University
    Managing Director, Water Resource Associates LLP

    Prof Paul Whitehead is Professor of Water Science in Oxford University and has degrees in chemical and control engineering plus a PhD from Cambridge on water resource and pollution modelling. He has over 35 years of experience in managing 47 research projects, funded by government research organisations and departments, including NERC, EPSRC, ESRC, EU, DEFRA, DFID, EA. He also has extensive international experience working for the World Bank, Water Companies, WWF, River Ganges Commission and consultancy organisations such as WS Atkins. He has published 210 papers in international journals, has 5780 citations and an H Index of 39. He has recently been Director of the £10.5 million NERC Macronutrient Cycles programme and has worked extensively on Asian projects in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand and China. He has been the lead PI in Oxford on the NERC/ESRC/DFID funded ESPA DELTAs project and he has been responsible for developing the INCA flow and water quality model. This model has been applied extensively to rivers in the UK and across the EU as well as many Asian Rivers (eg Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna, Mekong and several upland rivers in Nepal). Paul Whitehead has also been Managing Director of Water Resource Associates LLP (see www.watres.com ), a water resource company that has been successfully operating for 24 years.

    Prof. SeongJoon Kim
    Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Konkuk University
    President, Korean Society of Agricultural Engineers

    Dr. SeongJoon Kim is Professor of Konkuk University, Civil and Environmental Engineering in Seoul, South Korea. He is now serving as President of Korean Society of Agricultural Engineers (2018~2019). He has over 30 years of research experiences related to hydrology, water quality, aqua-ecology modeling using GIS and Remote Sensing technologies. Research activities include: (1) climate change studies of future hydrology and water quality to adapt and mitigate the impacts on watershed; (2) distributed storm runoff modeling coupling with weather radar data; (3) evaluating best management practices for reducing nonpoint source pollution discharge loads from agricultural watershed. Recent work included the future heavy snowfall impact on agricultural facilities. His current research is the cause identification of drying streams through distributed continuous hydrological modeling with several decades data development of land use change, forest density, road construction, groundwater use, and soil erosion processes. His degrees are from Seoul National University (B, MS, and Ph.D of Agr Eng). He has over 400 publications in both popular and refereed International and Korean journals.

    Prof. Shie-Yui Liong
    Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering National University of Singapore, National University of Singapore
    Deputy Director, Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), National University of Singapore (NUS)
    Council member, Asia Water Council

    Dr. Liong’s most recent research focus is on climate downscaling for Southeast Asia domain and deriving valuable information from the downscaled climate to evaluate the impacts of climate change on water resources, flooding, drought, crop yields, etc. He has been commissioned twice, consecutively, by the government of Singapore (NEA, and BCA) to undertake climate change studies (Vulnerability Study, 2007 – 2009, main Principal Investigator; Risk Map Study, 2010 - 2014, Co-PI). He is currently an editor of Journal of Environmental Science and Policy and was an editor of Journal of Hydroinformatics. He was the President of Hydrological Science Section of AOGS (2008-2010), and Chairman of Joint IAHR-IWA-IAHS Hydroinfomatics Committee (2009-2012). He is a Council member of Asia Water Council. Dr. Liong is a 3-time recipient of the Best Paper Award of IAHR-APD Congress (1994, 2002 and 2012. In 2007 he was awarded by the President of Federal Republic of Germany the Order of Merit (“Bundesverdienstkreuz”). He has been invited to give various talks. The most recent ones are (1) Distinguished Lecture at 10th Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society meeting in Brisbane, Australia (2013), (2) Plenary Talk at the 10th Hydroinformatics Conference, New York City, USA (2014), and (3) Keynote at the 21st Congress of IAHR-APD (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, Asia Pacific Division) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2018).

    Prof. A. G. Murugesan
    Head, SPK Centre of Excellence in Environmental Sciences, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
    Fellow, National Academy of Biological Sciences of India

    Dr. A. G. Murugesan is the head and professor of SPK Centre of Excellence in Environmental Sciences, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. His research area is environmental pollution and mitigation, biomonitoring of river pollution, bioremediation, water resources management, environmental impact assessment, use and throw plastic eradication, bioenergy, biopolymer (PHB) and ethanol production from industrial wastes and aquatic weeds. He has published 350 research papers in reputed journals, proceedings & books, 251 papers presented in seminars / conferences, and wrote and edited 11 books. He has received National awards for Technology Innovation in Polymeric Material from Natural Resource by Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India (2015-2016), National awards for Technology Innovation in Processing of Green Polymeric Material by Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India (2017-18) with One Lakh Cash Prize, TANSA Award – 2004 for Environment by Dept. of Higher Education, Govt. of Tamil Nadu and other 17 awards.

    Prof. Kazuhito Ichii
    Professor, Center for Environmental Remote Sensing (CEReS), Chiba University, Japan
    Chair, JapanFlux

    Prof. Ichii's research focus is integrative analysis of terrestrial  carbon and water cycles across regional, continental and global  scales. Using ground observation network, remote sensing data, and  terrestrial ecosystem modeling, Prof. Ichii has been working on  understanding of terrestrial carbon budget based on model-data  integration, machine-learning data-driven estimation, and model  intercomparison. Prof. Ichii has been serving as a chair of JapanFlux,  network of tower-based observation of terrestrial energy, water, and  carbon fluxes since Jan 2018, and a coordinated lead author (CLA) of  chapter 2 of Global Assessment of Intergovernmental Science‑Policy  Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem (IPBES). 

    Mr. Trevor Taylor
    Director, Member Services-Asia & the Americas, Open Geospatial Consortium

    Mr. Trevor Taylor is currently responsible for Services for Asia and the Americas, has over 30 years of experience in the international Earth Observation community. With a background in Geography (Carleton University, Canada), Mr. Taylor has worked with governments and commercial organizations on a wide variety of projects and initiatives related to disasters management, agriculture modeling, forestry, mining, oceans, hydrology, public safety and other domains. Mr. Taylor has significant global experience in a wide variety of technical, client services, project, business and strategic planning activities particularly in North and South America, South and South East Asia, North Asia and Western Europe.

    more keynotes are under invited...


    • Deadline for submission of full papers (Optional & only required for applicants of student scholarships and conference travel grants)
      5 March 2019       17 March 2019
    • Notification of acceptance of full papers and results of student scholarships and conference travel grants
      First round of notification of acceptance of abstracts
      12 March 2019    22 March 2019
    • Deadline for early registration
      15 March 2019    25 March 2019
    • Deadline for submission of abstracts
      1 April 2019
    • Final round of notification of acceptance of abstracts
      8 April 2019
    • Registration
      Early-bird : Before 25 March 2019
      Regular : Before 20 April 2019
    • Conference
      May 18-20 2019
    • Field Trip
      May 21-22 2019
    • Details: 
      Nanjing( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanjing)
      Introduction: Nanjing is a city situated in the heartland of the lower Yangtze River region in China, and which has long been a major center of culture, education, research, politics, economy, transport networks and tourism. It is the capital city of Jiangsu province of People's Republic of China and the second largest city in East China, and legally the capital of Republic of China which lost the main land during the civil war. The city has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having served as the capitals of various Chinese dynasties, kingdoms and republican governments dating from the 3rd century AD to 1949. Nanjing is one of the most beautiful cities of mainland China with lush green parks, natural scenic lakes, small mountains, historical buildings and monuments, relics and much more, which attracts thousands of tourists every year.
      The mausoleum of Dr. Sun yat-sen
      Zhongshan Scenic Area
      The Xuanwu Lake
      The Qixia Temple
      Details: Depending on the number of applicants

      Yangzhou( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangzhou)
      Introduction: Yangzhou, formerly romanized as Yangchow, is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Sitting on the north bank of the Yangtze, it borders the provincial capital Nanjing to the southwest. Historically, Yangzhou was one of the wealthiest cities in China, known at various periods for its great merchant families, poets, artists, and scholars. Its name (lit. "Rising Prefecture") refers to its former position as the capital of the ancient Yangzhou prefecture in imperial China.


    Conference on 18-20 May 2019*

    Attendee Type Amount (USD) Amount (RMB) Deadline
    Regular (Early Bird) $300 ¥2100 15 March 2019       25 March 2019
    Regular $350 ¥2400 20 April 2019
    Student (Early Bird) $150 ¥1050 15 March 2019       25 March 2019
    Student $175 ¥1200 20 April 2019

    * The fees do not include field trip in 21-22 May


    The following hotels are the designated accommodation for the conference. Due to limited rooms available in the hotels and hostel, you are strongly advised to make room reservation at your earliest convenience. All the reservations are confirmed by first-come-first-served basis.You can book your rooms in registration system.

    Holiday Inn Nanjing Xuanwu Lake

    No. 199 Longpan Road, Xuanwu, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
    Tel: +86 025 84270888
    Location Map: 

    Suggested transportation to the hotel: 
    -From Lukou Airport: Click here
     Taxi RMB 170
    -From Nanjing South Railway Station: Click here
     Taxi RMB 55
    -From Nanjing Railway Station: Click here
     Taxi RMB 14

    Contact information

    Programme Coordinators

    • Prof. Chen, Min (Nanjing Normal University)
      Conference academic issues:
      Email: chenmin0902@163.com
    • Dr. Zhong, Teng (Nanjing Normal University)
      Awards, full paper/abstract submission and conference program arrangement:
      Email: tzhong27@foxmail.com
    • Dr. Yue, Songshan (Nanjing Normal University)
      Email: yss123yss@126.com

    Conference Secretariats