The CMGS will continue to act as a focus for those members of the international community who share an interest in the development of geographical systems theory for modelling societal and environmental problems together with its application in the fields of GIS and remote sensing. This synthesis is intended to promote research on mathematical modelling, statistical methods and other technological advances in spatial science. In addition, the specific systems orientation of the Commission emphasises the importance of research with applied outputs that have relevance to geographers engaged in a wide range of policy arenas. The Commission, therefore, aims to foster such interdisciplinary applications in the following general areas of concern:

  • geographical systems analysis,

  • geographical systems theory,

  • geographical decision support systems and decision theory,

  • geographical systems dynamics,

  • the interface between GIS, remote sensing and spatial modelling,

  • applications of systems models to policy making and evaluation.

  • spatial knowledge discovery and data mining

The IGU Executive has stressed that 2000 - 2004 is a transition period in the organisation of its activities when, in particular, Task Forces will be introduced in addition to Commissions and Study Groups. In this context, the Task Force is seen as a special instrument by which the Executive Committee can quickly respond to complex global, international problems by linking specialists from different Commissions, Study Groups and other institutions. Given this initiative, the CMGS intends to establish a number of 'mini task forces' with briefs to address emerging research themes in geographical systems analysis like:

  • Spatial analyses of health and disease systems,

  • The Internet as a geographical system.

  • Global warming and economic development

These themes will be pursued by small working groups who will organise special sessions at the main Congresses and so provide a stimulus for our publication activities. In addition, it would be expected that the constitution of these groups encourages the participation of members of other Commissions sharing related interests.