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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
=======================
AND
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM
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Third International Symposium on
Environmental Software Systems
ISESS 1999
August 30 - September 2, 1999
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand

Scope
=====
Due to increasing practical needs, the software support of environmental
protection
and research tasks is growing in importance and scope. Environmental
Information Systems (EIS) are an important factor in environmental research,
decision support, management and policy. The subject is still growing in a
multi-
disciplinary work environment which changes quickly. Perhaps this is the
major challenge
we face as the practical need for the software support of environmental
protection
and research tasks continues to grow.
ISESS, the International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems, was
initiated
in 1995 as a forum in which to present and discuss the fundamentals,
progress and
actual trends in this area in terms of methods, tools and state-of-the-art
applications.
Over the years, it has also evolved into an important networking tool for
academics,
environmental professionals, and other interested parties.
Now in its fourth incarnation, these conferences on Environmental
Informatics continue
to be co-sponsored by the International Federation for Information
Processing (IFIP),
the world's umbrella organization of computer societies. The upcoming ISESS
1999
conference is being held at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New
Zealand.
Its three predecessors were held at Penn State University, USA (1995), at
Whistler Resort,
Canada (1997), and in the Nature Parc Soelk Valleys in Styria, Austria
(1998).

Location
========
The University of Otago in Dunedin, located on the south island, is one of
the most
important and renowned universities in New Zealand, and as such is the ideal
location
for the first symposium on Environmental Informatics to be held in the
southern hemisphere.
The Conference will be held at the Commerce Building ot the University.

Program
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Keynote Lectures
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to be announced!

Technical papers
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N.W.T. Quinn. A Decision Support System for Real-Time Management of
Water Quality in the San Joaquin River, California.
W.J. Walley, et.al. Self-Organising Maps for the Classification and
Diagnosis
of River Quality from Biological and Environmental Data.
C. Lichy, et.al. B-Spline Surface Modelling with Adaptive de Boor Grids
in Hydroinformatics.
C. Maul. What Would a Reusable Meteorology Component for Environmental
Models Look Like?
R. Pillep, et.al. Complete Integration of the Enterprise Environmental
Management into Production Information Systems.
C. Maul. The Use of Modified Modelling Language (UML) for Model Design
and Scientific Software Development.
P. Fischer. Geomatics Technology for High-Level Products in Environmental
Monitoring & Nature Management.
V. Keskisarja, et.al. WWW-technology based hydrological information and
decision support system.
V. Wohlgemuth, et.al. Development of a Library for Exposure Assessment
of Chemicals in the Environment using EXTEND.
J. Hendee, et.al. Expert System Generated Coral Bleaching Alerts for
Myrmidon Reef, Great Barrier Reef.
G. Schimak. A computer-based emission inventory - Practical concepts to
support regional air quality planning.
E. Stabel, et.al. ERS-SAR Interferometric Products for the Urban
Application Domain.
L. Lilburne, et.al. Soil quality indicators on the world wide web.
R.M. Argent. Integration of Remote Data into Water Resources
Simulation Software: Now or Never?
A. Jolma, et.al. Water utility benchmarking website: an environmental MIS.
S.M. Veitch. Lessons from an Environmental Information System
Developed to Select a Radioactive Waste Disposal Site.
W.J. Young, et.al. Integrated assessments of river health using decision
support software.
L.F. Leon, et.al. WATFLOOD/Water Quality Model Integration in a Decision
Support System.
W.G. Booty, et.al. Assessment of Ecological Responses to
Environmental Flow Regimes using a Deicsion Support System Framework.
S. Mann, et.al. Patterns of Use of Computer Support for
Environmental Accreditation in Rural New Zealand.
S. Dorner, et.al. Case-based Reasoning for Screening Agricultural Projects.
R. Guettler, et.al. An Integration Tool for EIS Networks.
R. Denzer, et.al. A Suggested Curriculum for Environmatics Education.
Workshops
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At least two half-day workshops will be held. The following topics have been
finalized
already:
W1 Environmetrics Education
W2 Water Resource Management
International Program Committee
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R.M. Argent, Australia
G. Benwell, New Zealand
R. Davis, Australia
E.E. Doberkat, Germany
P. Fischer, Italy
R. Gruetzner, Germany
G. Guariso, Italy
O. Guenther, Germany
R. Guettler, Germany
W. Haas, Austria
A. Jaeschke, Germany
T. Jakeman, Austria
S. Jennings, U.S.
D.C.L. Lam, Canada
R. Lenz, Germany
A. McMillan, Canada
C. Mayfield, Canada
B. Page, Germany
W. Pillmann, Austria
M. Purvis, New Zealand
Th. Rhyne, U.S.
D. Russell, U.S.
Valentini, Italy
S. Veitch, Austria
W. Walley, United Kingdom
W. Young, Australia
M. Zingler, Italy

Venue
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Otago and New Zealand
---------------------
Known for its beautiful landscape and nature, New Zealand is worth the trip
not
only for participation in ISESS 1999. We are currently preparing a list of
web
sites for your convenience. Although August is New Zealand's winter, the
temperature
is usually moderate and conditions are often sunny.
The University of Otago lies in the city of Dunedin, which is located on the
shores
of the Southern Pacific Ocean and offers a number of attractions, including
a penguin
colony and the only mainland colony of royal albatrosses in the world. Both
attractions
are worth visiting and are located within a couple of kilometers from
downtown.
Dunedin is also a good starting point for trips into some of the most
attractive areas
of New Zealand. A trip to Queenstown offers many possibilities: a visit to
the world
famous rain forests on the west coast (Doubtful Sound), skiing The
Remarkables,
Coronet Peak and some of the most well-known heli-skiing areas in the
southern hemisphere,
or just enjoying the beautiful area and the international food offered. This
includes
Japanese food and the most southerly-located (and excellent) Indian
restaurant of the world.
The vast majority of flights (except from Australia) stop in Auckland. All
flights from
Auckland to Dunedin are 1-stop (either Christchurch or Wellington). It takes
50 minutes to
fly from Auckland to Christchurch and another 50 minutes from Christchurch
to Dunedin.
You may also make Christchurch your final destination and enjoy a drive
along the coast.
Both Auckland and Christchurch airports have excellent restaurant and
showering service.
If you belong to One World or Star Alliance, then there are showering
services in those
lounges, but they are on the "air side". Auckland airport also offers a
dayroom service,
where you may relax for a couple of hours.
If you make Christchurch your final destination:
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A very good and reasonably priced hotel, the Airport Plaza, is within
walking distance
of Christchurch airport. The International Antarctic Center with exhibitions
is also located
within walking distance. You can proceed from Christchurch to Dunedin by
car, bus or train.
Rental cars are available at the airport and it takes approximately 5 hours
to drive to Dunedin.
The schedule for the Intercity Coach Lines is located at
www.intercitycoach.co.nz.
Please note that most cars in New Zealand have a standard (non-automatic)
transmission,
and that you will be driving on the left-hand side of the road. Some
automatics are available
on request. Cars are expensive if you do not hire in advance.
If you make Dunedin your final destination:
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Dunedin Airport is about 20km from the University. At the airport you can
get a taxi for
approximately $45 New Zealand dollars (30 minutes) or a shuttle bus for
approximately
$10-15 New Zealand dollars (door-to-door service in an hour) to the city,
where Otago's
main campus is located. Bus Service is available as well.
Accommodation
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Please note that the conference organizers will not become involved with any
arrangements
for accommodations. This is the responsibility of the attendees. Prices for
St. Margaret's
College and the University of Otago Executive Residence have been
established. All other
prices are for reference only and subject to change.
St. Margaret's College
----------------------
Accommodation has been arranged at St. Margaret's College, a University Hall
of
Residence, located right at the Campus and 10 minutes from downtown Dunedin.
The College
offers a well-equipped facility, including a library, sport hall, music hall
and computers
with email connections. Rooms are single only with bathroom facilities
being shared.
These rooms are available for $55 New Zealand dollars from August 28 -
September 4. To make
reservations please call 011-64-3-477-3429 or fax 011-64-3-479-0146.
University of Otago Executive Residence
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68 Forth Street
Phone: 011-64-3-479-9150
Fax: 011-64-3-479-9180
Single Room: $90.00 New Zealand dollars
Double Room: $100.00 New Zealand dollars
Twin Rooms: $105.00 New Zealand dollars
Includes: Bed & Breakfast and morning paper.
Other accomodation
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Alcala Motor Lodge
Corner George & St David Streets
Phone: 011-64-3-477-9073
Fax: 011-64-3-477-9073
Reservations Free Phone: 0800-503-883
Single Room: $76.00 New Zealand dollars
Double Room: $84.00 New Zealand dollars
Allan Court Motel
590 George Street
Phone: 011-64-3-477-7526
Fax: 011-64-477-4937
Email: allan.court@earthlight.co.nz
Single & Double Rooms: $88.00 New Zealand dollars per unit
Cable Court Motel
833 Cumberland Street
Phone: 011-64-3-3525
Fax: 011-64-3-474-0382
Reservations Free Phone: 0800-838-525
Single & Double Rooms: $79.50 New Zealand dollars
Cargills Motor Inn
678 George Street
Phone: 011-64-3-477-7983
Fax: 011-64-3-477-8098
Reservations Free Phone: 0800-737-378
Single & Double Rooms: $90.00 New Zealand dollars
Commodore Luxury Motel & Apartments
924-946 Cumberland Street
Phone: 011-64-3-477-7766
Fax: 011-64-3-477-7750
Reservations Free Phone: 0800-800-233
Single & Double Rooms: $85.00 New Zealand dollars
Cumberland Motel
821 Cumberland Street
Phone: 011-64-3-477-1321
Fax: 011-64-3-477-1320
Single Rooms: $74.00 New Zealand dollars
Double Rooms: $89.00 New Zealand dollars
Farrys Motel
575 George Street
Phone: 011-64-3-477-9333
Fax: 011-64-3-477-9038
Reservations Free Phone: 800-109-333
Single & Double Rooms: $92.00 New Zealand dollars
Regal Court Motels
755 George Street
Phone: 011-64-3-477-7729
Fax: 011-64-3-477-7729
Reservations Free Phone: 0800-473-425
Single Rooms: $88.00 New Zealand dollars per unit
Double Rooms: $92.00 New Zealand dollars per unit
Further information
-------------------
Further information about New Zealand can be found at:
www.nztb.govt.nz
Further information about Dunedin and the surrounding area can be found at:
www.atoz-nz.com

Co-Sponsors
===========
International Federation for Information Processing, IFIP, WG 5.11
German Informatics Society, WG 4.6
Environmental Informatics Institute
Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf

Contact
=======
Conference home page:
http://isess.crle.uoguelph.ca
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Conference Manager:
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Linda Robson, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
Email: linda@snowhite.cis.uoguelph.ca
Conference Chair:
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Prof. Dr. Ralf Denzer, Hochschule fuer Technik und Wirtschaft des
Saarlandes, Germany
Email: denzer@htw.uni-sb.de
Conference Co-Chairs:
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Prof. Dr. Martin Purvis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Email: purvis@commerce.otago.ac.nz
Prof. Dr. David A. Swayne, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
Email: dswayne@uoguelph.ca
Program Chair:
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Dipl. Ing. Gerald Schimak, Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf, Austria
Email: schimak@zdfs.arcs.ac.at

Registration Guidelines
=======================
Conference Registration
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Register below; registrations with payment received at our conference office
before
June 30, 1999 will be subject to the reduced early conference fee. For
member rates,
we need your membership number.
Hotel Registration
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St. Margaret's College and the University of Otago Executive Residence will
hold rooms
for conference participants. You must have registered for the conference
first, in order
to receive the guaranteed conference rate. Rooms are subject to
availability.

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ISESS 1999 Conference Registration Form
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(Please PRINT out this form, SIGN it and SEND it
to the conference office, along with payment,
EMAIL REGISTRATION IS NOT POSSIBLE)

1. Terms and Conditions of Payment
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For your convenience, we offer different payment methods for North American
and European
participants. Delegates from other parts of the world shall use the North
American payment
method. SORRY, WE CANNOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS.
Payment must be
- a cheque in Canadian dollars on a North American bank, payable to
"Environmental Informatics Institute" (see CDN $ fees below) for
participants
from North America and Non-EU citizens.
or
- a Euro-Cheque in DM payable to "Environmental Informatics Institute"
(see DM fees below) for EU citizens

Payment must be received at our conference office by the early registration
date
June 30, 1999 in order to receive the early conference rate. Cancellations
are subject
to a $100 Cdn administration fee. No refunds will be made after July 30,
1999, as for
each participant the necessary resources will have been allocated by that
date.
Membership rates only apply if you indicate your membership number.
Registrations have to be sent to:
---------------------------------
Environmental Informatics Institute
255 Morrison Road
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
N2A 2W6
The conference office will reply with an acknowledgement letter and a
receipt of payment.
An email address must be provided, as all communication before the
conference will be done
by email (final programme, last update before the event, etc.). In order to
avoid energy
and transport, we will NOT send a final conference package to registered
delegates.
The conference package will be provided at the University of Otago upon
check-in with the
conference. All necessary information can be found on our home page.
The conference fee includes one copy of the conference proceedings and the
preprints,
break refreshments and conference banquet.

2. Personal Record
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Academic Title:
First Name:
Name:
Institution:
Address:
Town:
ZIP:
Country:
Email:
Telephone:
Fax:

3. Conference fee (please mark the applicable fee)
--------------------------------------------------
- Member of IFIP 5.11 or IFIP bodies. Give membership number:
_________________
Early rate (payment received at conference office before JUNE 30, 1999):
Canadian $650.00
DM 750,00
Late rate (after JUNE 30, 1999):
Canadian $775.00
DM 890,00
- Non-Member
Early rate (payment received at conference office before JUNE 30, 1999):
Canadian $725.00
DM 830,00
Late rate (after JUNE 30, 1999):
Canadian $850.00
DM 975,00
- Student rate (not including PhD students or those presenting a paper).
Please give the email address of a faculty member at your institution who
can
confirm you are a full-time student and that you have not yet finished a
master's degree
or diploma. Student rate does not include banquet OR conference proceedings.
Early rate (payment received at conference office before JUNE 30, 1999):
Canadian $250.00
DM 290,00
Late rate (after JUNE 30, 1999):
Canadian $350.00
DM 400,00

4. Signature
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I hereby register for ISESS 1999 and agree to the terms and conditions of
payment as stated above.
Signature: