Welcome to CoastGIS 2021 in Raseborg

Campus Raseborg

Information in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

CoastGIS 2020 has been moved to 2021. It will not be held as planned on 17-19 September 2020.

Instead, CoastGIS 2021 will be held on 16-18 September 2021 in Raseborg, Finland as a hybrid event, enabling both in-person and virtual participation.

We will communicate further about the new abstract submission and registration periods, schedules, programmes, and other information when more arrangements have been made. This information will be shared on this website and via newsletter.

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Please contact us via email if you have pressing questions or concerns. Thank you for your interest in CoastGIS and for your understanding as we navigate this situation. Stay safe and well.

- CoastGIS 2021 Local Organising Committee


CoastGIS 2021, the 14th international Coastal GIS Symposium, will be held on 16-18 September 2021 in Raseborg on the South Coast of Finland at Novia University of Applied Sciences.

The Symposium will be a hybrid event, enabling both in-person and virtual participation.

CoastGIS 2021 in Raseborg will be the 14th consecutive symposium for an international exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience on  how spatial data and information technologies aid marine and coastal zone managers and stakeholders in better understanding and managing coastal space and resources.

The symposium theme "Sustainable Coastal Planning in a Changing World" refers to the challenges faced worldwide in light of sustainable development and emphasis will be on cooperation in spatial planning between countries. The symposium aims to address recent challenges in managing our coastlines effectively and sustainably.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission will be announced later
  • Early bird and standard registration will be announced later

We will be welcoming individuals and organisations to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. We also be welcoming suggestions for panel sessions that will contribute to dialogue on the role of GIS in coastal zone management at CoastGIS . In-person symposium attendance will be limited to 100 participants. Priority for registration will be given to those who wish to give a presentation at the symposium and submit an abstract accordingly.

What is CoastGIS?

CoastGIS is a biennial series of symposia that brings together practitioners and researchers in the fields of marine and coastal Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and computer cartography. It is an established major international coastal and marine event attracting delegates from around the globe. A wide range of topics have been covered in previous years covering technological advances and progress, and the evolving challenges.

The CoastGIS International Symposium is usually held once every two years under the joint scientific sponsorship of the Commission on Coastal Systems of the International Geographical Union (IGU/CCS) and the Commission on Marine Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA/CMC).

The first International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management, CoastGIS, took place at University College Cork in Ireland in 1995. The second CoastGIS meeting took place in Aberdeen, Scotland, two years later and, since then, CoastGIS symposia have been held in Brest, France in 1999; Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2001; Genoa, Italy in 2003; Aberdeen again in 2005; Sydney and Wollongong, Australia, in 2006; Santander, Spain in 2007; Santa Catarina, Brazil, in 2009; Oostende, Belgium, in 2011; Victoria, on Canada’s West Coast in 2013, Cape Town, South Africa in 2015 and Ísafjörður, Iceland in 2018. Over the years, the CoastGIS events continue to provide a showcase for new developments in information management and technology as well as a learning experience for all involved in coastal zone management, science and research.

CoastGIS 2021 in Raseborg is overseen by the International CoastGIS Committee (David R. Green - University of Aberdeen - Chair). The Symposium is planned by a local organising team in Finland at the host institution, Novia University of Applied Sciences.


If you would like to contact us, please send us an email to coastgis2020@novia.fi.

More information on >> novia.fi/coastgis2020

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