Welcome to CoastGIS 2020 in Raseborg

Information in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Update, May 21: CoastGIS 2020 will be postponed to 2021. The deadlines for abstract submission and registration no longer apply. There will be a new abstract submission and registration period at a later date. If you have already submitted an abstract, we will save it for condsideration after the later submission period has ended. We will communicate more about the new submisison period, schedules, and other information when more arrangements have been made. 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 Local Organising Committee


Due to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to May 31. Early bird registration for the Symposium has been put on hold. As of now, we intend to hold CoastGIS 2020 in September as planned. Given the uncertain and changing situation, it may, however, become necessary to postpone the Symposium to Spring 2021. We will continue to provide updates here. For more information, please see the COVID-19 page.


CoastGIS 2020, the 14th international Coastal GIS Symposium, will be held on 17-19 September in Raseborg on the South Coast of Finland at Novia University of Applied Sciences.

CoastGIS 2020 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

The deadline for abstract submission was previously 30 April and has been extended due to recent events.

The deadline for early bird registration was previously 30 April but is currently on hold. Please see the COVID-19 page for more information.

We are seeking individuals and organisations to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations or/ and suggestions for panel sessions that will contribute to a dialogue on the role of GIS in coastal zone management at CoastGIS  2020.

Please follow the instructions on the Abstract Submission page. For further information, please be in touch with us via email.

The symposium is limited to 100 participants. Priority for registration is given to those who wish to give a presentation at the symposium and submit an abstract.

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.

The CoastGIS 2020 Symposium 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.


With the generous support of:

Logo for Svenska kulturfonden (The Swedish Cultural Fund in Finland).

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