ICC&GIS Nessebar 2024

The 9th International Conference on Cartography and GIS (9ICC&GIS) was held in Nessebar, Bulgaria, from 16.6.2024 to 21.6.2024, where our colleagues from the Institute of Geography SAS could not be absent.

More than a hundred lectures were given in 19 sessions and another 31 papers were presented in poster form. In the plenary lectures, the President of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), Prof. Dr. Lena Halounova, gave a lecture on the current challenges of remote sensing, while the lecture by Alan Devenish from ESRI Europe confirmed that cartography is an increasingly important tool for addressing climate communication issues. To address the question of how to distinguish “fake” maps from “trustworthy” ones, we were helped by a lecture given by the President of the International Cartographic Association (ICA), Univ. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Prof. Georg Gartner.

In section C5 – Cartographic Visualization – a lecture was presented by the team from the Institute of Geography of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Monika Kopecká, Daniel Szatmári, Kateryna Polyvach, Tomáš Goga, entitled The Impact of Land Consolidation on the Change of Landscape Structure: Case Studies from Slovakia. The authors evaluated the benefits of land consolidation in terms of increasing the diversity of non-forest woody vegetation. Municipalities where more than 20 years have elapsed since the approval of the land improvement projects were identified as study areas, as enough time has elapsed for the landscape changes to become evident.

In his poster presentation, Šimon Opravil investigated the intensity of grassland use based on remote sensing data.

We participated in two ICA Commissions, namely the Commission on Cartography and Children, which discussed, among other things, issues related to the planned Children’s World Map 2025 competition, and the Commission on Map Projections, which presented the most recent scientific studies related to cartographic representations and mathematical cartography. At the end of the conference, we gathered for a gala dinner at the majestic Khan’s Tent restaurant, located in the hills high above the Bulgarian Sunny Beach, with its shape reminiscent of an old Bulgarian tent. Inside, you can see a throne hall with inscriptions depicting the traditions, way of life and history of the ancient Bulgarians.

Photo: Daniel Szatmári, Šimon Opravil, Monika Kopecká, Tomáš Goga