Spatial Statistics 2023: Climate and the Environment

18 - 21 July 2023 | University of Colorado, Boulder, USA


Welcome to the 6th Spatial Statistics conference, which will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, from 18 - 21 July 2023 under the theme Climate and the Environment.

Submit your abstracts by 27 January 2023

The conference will be a forum on the use of spatially referenced data  from  the domain of Earth system dynamics to advance scientific understanding and to provide support for decision making.

Our physical environment is dynamic, continuously evolving at many scales of time and space. Understanding the Earth’s climate system has become even more critical in recent decades with the realization that many parts of society and ecological systems are vulnerable to rapid change. The mechanisms for these changes need to be better understood because of the great consequences they have, for society and the environment well into this century and beyond.

Climate is the result of many diverse processes such as: local rainfall and temperature, land use and vegetation, or the global jetstream and ocean currents.  Weather that historically would be considered extreme is now more common, and the vulnerability of economies and infrastructure, particularly for developing countries, to large weather events make seasonal forecasting critical.  Effects on climate can come from variations in the Sun’s radiation, to human activities in transport and industry, deforestation and urban concentrations. The effects can be diverse: different patterns may emerge in epidemics, stresses can develop on local ecosystems, or sea levels can rise for coastal areas. These impacts have complex dynamics and feedbacks, have many uncertain components, and so require solid, statistically sound predictions for a wide variety of stakeholders. The field of spatial statistics has developed in recent years to address many of these challenging problems connected to the Earth system. This includes increasing attention on deep learning methods, applications of Bayesian methodology for large data volumes, extreme value theory, and the synthesis of spatial and temporal models for representing climate processes. The need for well grounded spatial and spatio-temporal statistics is huge, being the leading discipline to interpret observational data and also attach measures of uncertainty to conclusions and predictions.

This conference will focus on climate change dynamics, their causes, their effects and their future. The conference theme will be the perspective of the Earth as a unified system with connections and feedbacks between physical and biological spheres and also human activities.

Crucial developments in the methodology are in new scalable methods, spatio-temporal statistics, prediction and statistical aspects of modeling, like spatial and spatio-temporal extremes, attribution and forecasting.

Conference chairs

Professor Alfred Stein

Professor Alfred Stein

University of Twente, The Netherlands

Prof. dr. ir. Alfred Stein (1958) is professor in Spatial Statistics and Image Analysis. He received his MSc in mathematics and information science, with a specialization in applied statistics from Eindhoven University of Technology. He obtained a PhD in 1991 at Wageningen University on spatial statistics.

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Christopher K. Wikle

Christopher K. Wikle

University of Missouri (MU), USA

Christopher K. Wikle is Curators’ Distinguished Professor and Chair of Statistics at the University of Missouri (MU), with additional appointments in Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences and the Truman School of Public Affairs.

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We are accepting oral and poster abstracts on the topics listed below. They should be submitted using the online abstract submission system. Deadline 27 January 2023


  • Space-time statistics, e.g. geostatistics, point patterns, estimation methods, large dimensions
  • Spatial deep learning
  • Inverse modeling
  • Modeling of extremes
  • Stochastic geometry, tesselation, point processes, random sets
  • Causal statistical modeling
  • Trajectory/movement modeling


  • Climate system modeling and observations
  • Health e.g. epidemiology, geohealth and global health
  • Spatially-Explicit Ecological Models
  • Plant and animal epidemiology
  • Quantifying the spatial extent of hazards and risk
  • Crime and poverty mapping
  • Space/time econometrics
  • Interface of Neural Computing and Spatial/Spatio-Temporal Statistics
  • Inferring Movement and Behavior from Telemetry

Supporting publication

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Affiliated society

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