08 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
Tshwane, South Africa

International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment 

IIASA researchers will participate in the International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment hosted by the South African National Space Agency. This year’s theme is “Earth Observation for Development and Adaptation to a Changing World”.

International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) is one of the most significant gatherings of the international remote sensing community. The Symposium attracts senior staff of space agencies and international Earth observation programs and provides a global overview of advances in Earth observation and the consequential societal benefits.

IIASA researchers Steffen Fritz, Linda See and Dmitry Shchepashchenko will attend the ISRSE this year to give presentations on improving land cover and land use maps through crowdsourcing, as well as on Laco-Wiki, an online tool for land cover validation, and on Forest Observation System, a global in-situ forest biomass database. 

African continent will be hosting ISRSE the second time in this millennium, which coincides with the implementation of the recently-adopted African Space Policy and Strategy, as well as rapid development in African space science and technology programs.

Earth observation presents a unique opportunity in Africa for co-operation and sharing of best-practice in the proactive management of disease outbreaks; natural resources and the environment; responses to natural hazards and disasters; agriculture and food security; weather forecasting; and climate-change mitigation and adaptation. ISRSE-37 therefore intends to attract significant numbers of remote-sensing experts to exchange views on scientific results, new applications and major programs.

* Info from the ISRSE-37 Website.

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Schepaschenko D, See L, Perger C, Hofer M, Weichselbaum J, Dresel C, & Fritz S (2016). LACO-WIKI-A new open access online portal for land cover validation with high resolution imagery. In: Aerospace Methods and GIS Technologies in Forestry, Forest Management and Ecology: Proceedings of the VI All-Russian Conference. Eds. Ershov, D.V., Zhirin, V.M., Knyazeva, S.V., Eidlina, S.P., Korolyeva, N.V. & Gavrilyuk, E.A., pp. 74-79 Moscow: M. CEPF RAS. ISBN 978-5-9901791-7-2

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