2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference 2016 (VGC 2016), 21-23 September, 2016, Bergen, Norway

Title: Virtual Geoscience Conference 2016 (VGC 2016)

Dates: 21-23 September 2016

Location: Bergen, Norway

Website: http://virtualoutcrop.com/vgc2016


We are pleased to announce that the provisional programme for the 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference (VGC 2016) is now available (http://virtualoutcrop.com/vgc2016/programme/technical), and includes presentations on method developments and a broad range of exciting applications within the geosciences. Over 100 abstracts were received, from presenters from all over the world, including representatives of leading groups in “spatial geoscience”.

Some other updates:

*Keynote speeches on the state-of-the-art of visualisation in geoscience, and a high profile look at managing risks associated with landslides in the Norwegian fjords.

*Dedicated poster and interactive sessions to encourage networking.

*A panel discussion investigating the current issues and trends in the sector.

*Short courses on Virtual Geoscience, given by the hosts, and the open source software, CloudCompare, run by its creator, Dr Daniel Girardeau-Montaut.

*Co-hosting of the 4th IQmulus project workshop.

*Icebreaker and Conference Dinner showcasing the beautiful city of Bergen.

*Post-conference journal special issue in The Photogrammetric Record, a Wiley Earth Sciences publication.


Registration for the 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference (VGC 2016) is now open and ready to receive your contributions. The deadline for submission of abstracts closed on 8th May 2016.


VGC 2016 (http://virtualoutcrop.com/vgc2016) will take place in Bergen, Norway, September 21-23 2016 and is a multidisciplinary forum for researchers in geomatics, geoscience and related disciplines (e.g.
visualisation, computer vision and graphics) to share their latest developments and novel applications. As methods such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, UAV-based data capture and remote sensing imaging are adopted, a paradigm shift is occurring in the way we approach problems in geoscience. VGC 2016 aims to showcase the latest developments in acquisition methods, processing techniques, analysis and communication of results, while highlighting novel applications.

VGC 2016 is organised in association with the Geological Remote Sensing Group, The Geological Society of London and Geological Society of Norway.

The 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference (VGC 2016) is a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and industry specialists in geomatics, geoscience and related disciplines to share their latest developments and applications. The conference reflects the recent trend for convergence across geomatics, visualisation, computer vision and graphics, as well as virtual and augmented reality, which are filtering into geoscience applications to give new and exciting analysis possibilities.

Geospatial data obtained from e.g. laser scanners (lidar), photogrammetry, satellite imagery and GPS are having a massive impact on our understanding of the earth’s surface topography and ongoing processes. Using state-of-the-art equipment and analysis, it is now possible to acquire high resolution images and 3D models from the ground and from the air (i.e. using UAVs/drones). This allows us to study natural phenomena at a range of scales, from global to laboratory settings, and is impacting society through improved mapping and monitoring in areas such as geohazards, geology, geomorphology, volcanology and climate studies, as well as infrastructure and natural resources. Today, geoscientists have an array of multi-sensor imaging and 3D modelling techniques to call upon, all linked by the foundation in geomatics, for understanding issues affecting our relationship with the natural environment. VGC 2016 focusses especially on close range measurement, visualisation and analysis methods in geoscience research.

Bergen, Norway’s second largest city and gateway to the beautiful fjord landscape – an area highly relevant to the conference theme in itself!