The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) called for submission and presentation of trans-disciplinary research challenges in Geographic Information Science in conjunction with their 2016 symposium. The SDS Board submitted a proposal about developing a spatial decision support framework for sustainability (SDSFS). SDSFS integrates, synthesizes, and elucidates among geographic information science (GIScience), decision science, and sustainability science, and thereby addresses a grand challenge that is key to informing a variety of complex societal problems. Each of the above research areas has abundant interdisciplinary applications, but in terms of information science, each has evolved with a distinct ontology (core concepts and their relations) and epistemology (methods that enable information processing). A common framework is meant foster integration of findings for transdisciplinary research and its application to management practice, particularly in relation to decision support that includes vulnerability, risk, resilience and/or sustainability management. The SDSFS would thus act as a transdisciplinary bridge among diverse perspectives about coupled human-natural systems, human-environment relations, hazards-receptor systems, global environmental change and sustainable development, which generally can be referred to as sustainable systems.
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