The Commission

The GAM commission was established in August 2007, following an official approval in the 14th General Assembly of the ICA. This commission has secured a fourth term (2019-2023) to continue its academic activities.

While retaining their significant roles in collecting geospatial information from various sources by various means, current GIScience research has been shifting to the quest for geospatial knowledge from massive geospatial information. This shift is triggered mainly by significant advances in GIS technologies involving GPS and other emerging location-sensing technologies, remote sensing, digital mapping and geovisualization, GeoAI, and web-based social media platforms. Nowadays, we are overwhelmed by massive amounts of information, most of which can be georeferenced, forming what is commonly called geospatial information. However, rather than spatial information, geospatial knowledge, such as patterns, structures, relationships, and rules, would significantly contribute to solving real-world problems. In this context, the ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling was established and has found its unique position in the international academic society.