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Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium 2014 Opens in Beijing
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The four-day Ninth Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium (APRS) started on October 13, 2014. Under the theme of Remote Sensing for Earth Systems Science and Environmental Health Monitoring, the meeting was co-sponsored by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and China’s State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science (LRSS), which is jointly run by the CAS Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) and Beijing Normal University (BNU). It brought together more than 400 experts and scholars from about 30 countries across the world.  

Its opening session on the morning of October 13 was jointly presided over by APPS Chairs Prof. SHI Jiancheng from RADI and Prof. Upendra Singh from the NASA Langley Research Center. They briefed the participants on the history of APRS and the agenda of this year’s symposium in their welcome speeches.

Plenary presentations were made by four distinguished experts: RADI Director-General and CAS Member Prof. GUO Huadong, Vice Director of the NASA Earth Science Technology Office George Komar, SPIE President Dr. Phil Stahl and Dr. Hiroshi Murakami from Earth Observation Research Center of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

As the Deputy Associate Administrator for Technology for the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), George Komar is responsible for developing, integrating and managing all the advanced technology developments that will enable future Earth Science capabilities in NASA. In his speech, George Komar pointed out that the National Research Council has published its first ever Earth Science Decadal Survey. The study recommended a series of future remote sensing missions to obtain key environmental measurements. NASA responded to this with a 2010 Climate Plan for a Climate-Centric Architecture for Earth Observations and Applications from Space. He also highlighted opportunities and challenges facing NASA’s Earth observation satellite programs in the future.

In his report under the title of Scientific Satellites for Global Change Research, Prof. GUO Huadong emphasized the capacity of Earth observing satellites to rapidly acquire accurate data about the Earth on a large scale and its key role in the study of global change. He introduced a series of scientific satellites for global change research including an atmospheric carbon satellite, aerosol satellite, forest biomass satellite, glacier satellite, night-light satellite, and ocean salinity satellite. He also showed a proposed lunar-based system for observing global change phenomena.

After an introduction to SPIE and its major activities, Dr. Phil Stahl described the scientific importance of James Webb Space TelescopeJWSTprogram of NASA. As the first sensor for the studies of the origins and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets, according to Dr. Phil Stahl, JWST is to be launched in 2018. In his speech, Dr. Hiroshi Murakami explained the JAXA studies for more comprehensive monitoring of the Earth environment. He reviewed the achievements of JAXA over the last decade since its establishment in 2003, stressing that it will pay more attention to social benefits through space science and technology innovation.

The meeting featured 251 oral presentations and 226 poster presentations focusing on the following seven topics: remote sensing of the atmosphere, clouds, and precipitation; land surface remote sensing; ocean remote sensing and monitoring from space; Lidar remote sensing for environmental monitoring; multispectral, hyperspectral, and ultraspectral remote sensing technology, techniques and applications; Earth observing missions and sensors: development, implementation, and characterization; and remote sensing and modeling of the atmosphere, oceans, and interactions.

Held biennially, APRS is one of the region’s most important academic conferences in the field of remote sensing. Focusing on such problems as environmental pollution, climate change, sustainable development, ecological and resource conservation, and unique challenge facing the region, the conference deals with a variety of topics including remote sensing theory and methodology, inversion technology, multi-source remote sensing fusion, data assimilation and state-of-the-art developments of various fields. So far, it has been held in different countries, including China, the United States, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Australia, with the steady increasing of the number of participants and the scholarship of their presentations. It is expected that APRS 2014 will greatly promote the extensive application of remote sensing technology in the field of environment and climate in China and Asian Pacific Region, enrich research achievements of Earth observation, offer a good platform for academic exchanges among global scientists and young students, and shed new light on the important role of CAS and Chinese scientists in the field of remote sensing and space information.


A scene of the opening ceremony.

SHI Jiancheng and Upendra Singh jointly preside over the opening session.

George Komar addresses the meeting.

GUO Huadong makes a plenary presentation under the title of Scientific Satellites for Global Change Research.

Phil Stahl gives a talk.

Hiroshi Murakami makes a report.

A group photo of APRS 2014 participants.

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