Welcome to CoastGIS 2021 in Raseborg

Update on Friday, May 14:

Registration is now open.

There is room for a few more oral and poster presentations at CoastGIS 2021. We are evaluating additional abstract submissions on a rolling basis. If you would like to present at CoastGIS 2021, please submit your abstract to coastgis2021@novia.fi.

We look forward to meeting you in September!

- The CoastGIS 2021 Local Organising Committee


CoastGIS 2021 will be held on 16-18 September 2021 as an all-online symposium. It is being hosted by Novia University of Applied Sciences in Raseborg on the South Coast of Finland.

CoastGIS 2021 will be the 14th international Coastal GIS 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

We are also welcoming suggestions for panel sessions that will contribute to dialogue on the role of GIS in coastal zone management at CoastGIS  2021.

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.

COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the pandemic, CoastGIS 2020 was moved to 2021.

When we decided last year to hold the symposium as a hybrid event, we thought there would be greater certainty at this point about the pandemic situation in the autumn – and that we would be able to meet in person, at least to some extent.

However, the situation has continued to remain uncertain regarding the pandemic development, travel restrictions, and vaccine availability. It is unclear if it will be possible to meet in person as a large group come autumn.

Therefore, we decided in April 2021 that it would be best to focus our resources and efforts on producing a high-quality all-online symposium. This way, we can move forward with planning CoastGIS 2021, assured that despite the circumstances we will be able to host an excellent, participatory, and interactive symposium.

A symposium that brings value, new connections, greater understanding, and inspiration to you – the speakers, presenters, and participants who make CoastGIS an event worth attending.


If you would like to contact us, please send us an email to coastgis2021@novia.fi.

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With the generous support of:

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Banner photo: Ekenäs Old Town by Johan Ljungqvist for Visit Raseborg.