Dr. Rifaat Mohamed Abdalla is an Associate Professor and Head of Hydrographic Surveying Department, Faculty of Maritime Studies, King Abdulaziz University. He is a holder of PhD in WebGIS Applications from York University, Canada. He served as a Defence Scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada, (DRDC) and an Adjunct Professor with York University. His research interests include Marine Applications for GIS, Mobile Handheld GIS Visualization, and Visual Analytics for Disaster Management and Emergency Response. Dr. Abdalla is a recipient of several prestigious international awards, including 2007 ASPRS PE&RS Best Scientific Paper by ESRI and NSERC Canada PhD Scholarship. Dr. Rifaat Mohamed Abdalla has given many keynote speeches in his research area , particularly in WebGIS and Online Mapping, Remote Sensing of the Environment Disaster Management, Environmental Modeling, Nautical Cartography.