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Geotechnologies and the Environment

High Performance Computing for Geospatial Applications

Editors: Tang, Wenwu, Wang, Shaowen (Eds.)

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  • Fills the gap between the rapid development of High Performance Computing (HPC) approaches and their geospatial applications
  • Presents applications of HPC in geospatial domains, including ecology, land change science, urban studies, spatial epidemiology, earth science, environmental science, transportation studies, and social science
  • Uses several real-world examples to demonstrate how HPC can be used to collect, manage, and process geospatial big data
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This volume fills a research gap between the rapid development of High Performance Computing (HPC) approaches and their geospatial applications. With a focus on geospatial applications, the book discusses in detail how researchers apply HPC to tackle their geospatial problems. Based on this focus, the book identifies the opportunities and challenges revolving around geospatial applications of HPC. Readers are introduced to the fundamentals of HPC, and will learn how HPC methods are applied in various specific areas of geospatial study. 

The book begins by discussing theoretical aspects and methodological uses of HPC within a geospatial context, including parallel algorithms, geospatial data handling, spatial analysis and modeling, and cartography and geovisualization. Then, specific domain applications of HPC are addressed in the contexts of earth science, land use and land cover change, urban studies, transportation studies, and social science. The book will be of interest to scientists and engineers who are interested in applying cutting-edge HPC technologies in their respective fields, as well as students and faculty engaged in geography, environmental science, social science, and computer science.



About the authors

Dr. Wenwu Tang is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Applied GIScience at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte at U.S.A. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa and was a Post-doc and Research Scientist at the U.S. National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include cyberinfrastructure and high-performance geocomputation, agent-based modeling, and land change modeling. Dr. Tang has over 69 peer-reviewed publications, including 47 journal articles (e.g., International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems), 10 book chapters, and 12 conference proceedings. He has been actively applying high-performance computing technologies into geospatially related domains. Dr. Tang’s research has been supported by federal and state funding agencies, including USDA Forest Services, US CDC, US Fish and Wildlife, NCDOT, NC Forest Service, and Electric Power Research Institute. Relevant courses that he has taught include CyberGIS and Big Data, Spatial Statistics, and Web GIS.

Dr. Shaowen Wang is a Professor and Head of the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science; Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar; and an Affiliate Professor of the Department of Computer Science, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has served as Founding Director of CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies at UIUC since 2013. He served as Associate Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) for CyberGIS from 2010 to 2017, and Lead of NCSA’s Earth and Environment Theme from 2014 to 2017. He received a BS in computer engineering from Tianjin University, an MS in geography from Peking University, and an MS of computer science and a PhD in geography from the University of Iowa. His research interests include geographic information science and systems (GIS), advanced cyberinfrastructure and cyberGIS, complex environmental and geospatial problems, computational and data sciences, high-performance and distributed computing, and spatial analysis and modeling. 

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Navigating High Performance Computing for Geospatial Applications

    Pages 1-5

    Tang, Wenwu (et al.)

  • High Performance Computing for Geospatial Applications: A Retrospective View

    Pages 9-25

    Armstrong, Marc P.

  • Spatiotemporal Domain Decomposition for High Performance Computing: A Flexible Splits Heuristic to Minimize Redundancy

    Pages 27-50

    Hohl, Alexander (et al.)

  • Geospatial Big Data Handling with High Performance Computing: Current Approaches and Future Directions

    Pages 53-76

    Li, Zhenlong

  • Parallel Landscape Visibility Analysis: A Case Study in Archaeology

    Pages 77-96

    Zheng, Minrui (et al.)

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-47998-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
High Performance Computing for Geospatial Applications
Editors
  • Wenwu Tang
  • Shaowen Wang
Series Title
Geotechnologies and the Environment
Series Volume
23
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47998-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47998-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47997-8
Series ISSN
2365-0575
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 296
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations, 70 illustrations in colour
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