International Symposium on Resource and Environmental Monitoring

Venue: Hyderabad

Location: Hyderabad,

Event Date/Time: Dec 03, 2002 End Date/Time: Dec 06, 2002
Registration Date: Dec 03, 2002
Early Registration Date: Sep 30, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: May 31, 2002
Paper Submission Date: Jul 31, 2002
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Remote sensing has become an inevitable tool for resource survey and environmental monitoring at local, regional and global scales, during the last three decades. It has become an integral part of information technology. It facilitates studies on sustainability of natural resources and conservation of environment. A major thrust is required for meeting the challenges in the field of food & water security, urban sustainability, disaster mitigation, development of integrated monitoring system for resource management and building global data bases for climate research & bio-geo-chemical cycles, using remote sensing technology.

Advances made in the information and telecommunication technology have led to development of resource monitoring systems with integrated remote sensing and in situ observations, in GIS environment. Major programs need to be developed for environmental impact modelling, risk assessment, sensitivity analysis, ecological assessment of reclamation, groundwater pollution, urbanisation and its impact on environment and rural infrastructure etc. Conservation and management of natural heritage and cultural landscapes is gaining importance. The availability of very high-resolution, hyper-spectral, multi-temporal optical data along with thermal and microwave data has opened up a new field of data fusion and integration of data, for varied applications. Synergistic use of optical and SAR data and spectral mixture analysis and spectral matching techniques, need to be investigated. The standardisation of various procedures for data fusion needs to be developed. Networking between information provider and end-users and standardisation of data-exchange format also need attention.

Remote sensing and GIS are important tools for evolving a Disaster Management System (DMS). They help in inventory of affected areas, real-time damage assessment / modelling and generation of databases. Co-operation amongst various space agencies is a prerequisite for providing appropriate earth observation and space communication systems, to meet the needs of DMS. Many international programs such as International Geosphere Biosphere Programs (IGBP), Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), IGOS-P etc., require global data sets. Only space based remote sensing data provides systematic archived information on various spatial scales. Procedures to ensure standardisation of data sets need to be implemented. Various assimilation techniques will have to be developed for using remote sensing data in existing models.


The topics of the ISPRS Commission VII Symposium will focus on, the Terms of Reference of Commission VII and on the scientific and technical activities of ISPRS Commission VII Working Groups (WG). Please visit for more details on WG Chairs/Cochairs and terms of reference. Inter-commission sessions with ISPRS TC I, IV and VI have also been planned.

TC VII - Resource and Environmental Monitoring :

Terms of Reference

* Spectral, spatial, and temporal radiation properties of objects;

* Methodology of computer-aided interpretation and analysis of sensor data;

* Environmental studies, resource inventories, and interpretative aspects of thematic mapping as applied in studies of vegetation, forestry, agriculture, soils, land and water use, geology, geomorphology, hydrology, oceanography, coastal zones, snow and ice, atmospheric sciences, archaeology,human settlements and engineering;

* Integration of remote sensing and GIS techniques for spectral, spatial, temporal and process modeling, and monitoring of resources and the environment;

* Applications of remotely sensed data for disaster monitoring, mitigation and assessment;

* Use of remotely sensed data and global databases to support sustainable development and application for determination of indices of change, to support global modelling and monitoring.

The Working Groups of TC VII are

* WG VII /1 Fundamental Physics and Modeling

* WGVII / 2 Sustainable Agriculture & Eco-system Approach

* WGVII/3 Integrated Monitoring Systems for Resource Management

* WGVII / 4 Human Settlement and Impact Analysis

* WGVII /5 Disaster Monitoring, Mitigation and Damage Assessment

* WGVII/6 Monitoring and Modelling Global Change

Inter-commission Sessions that are planned are :

* WG I/2 Sensor calibration and Testing

* WG IV/4 Spatial Data Infrastructure

* WG IV/8 Global Environmental Databases

* WG VI/4 Internet Resource and Distance Learning