IGARSS 2009 Themes
Standard IGARSS Themes
|L1||Land Use and Land Cover Change|
|L2||Soils and Soil Moisture|
|L3||Forests and Vegetation|
|L4||Wetlands and Inland Waters|
|O1||Ocean Biology (Color) and Water Quality|
|O2||Ocean Surface Winds and Currents|
|O3||Ocean Temperature and Salinity|
|M1||Precipitation and Clouds|
|M2||Numerical Weather Prediction and Data Assimilation|
|M4||Aerosols and Atmospheric Chemistry|
|C1||Land Ice and Snow|
|T1||Image Processing Techniques|
|T2||Data Assimilation and Inverse Problems|
|T3||Classification and Data Mining Techniques|
|T4||Geographic Information Science|
|A1||Human Health and Landscape Epidemiology|
|A2||Urban and Built Environment|
|A3||Coastal and Wetlands|
|A4||Geology and Solid Earth|
|A5||Pollution and Contamination|
|A6||Unexploded Ordnance and Landmine Remediation|
|Electromagnetics and Radiative Transfer|
|E1||Microwave Scattering and Propagation|
|E2||Optical and Infrared Modeling|
|Sensors and Platforms|
|S1||SAR Instruments, Missions and Calibration|
|S4||Radiometer Instruments and Calibration|
|S6||Passive Optical and Hyperspectral Sensors|
|S7||UAV and Airborne Platforms|
|Education and Policy|
|P1||Data Management and Systems|
|P2||Remote Sensing Data and Policy Decisions|
|P3||Education and Remote Sensing|
The IGARSS’09 Technical Program will highlight themes that have a strong link to the development of the African continent, as well as themes that have international relevance.
Assisting African Development Needs
An emphasis on applications of all types of remote sensing to problems in Africa, with a strong bias towards practical results. African practitioners are invited to present development issues for which it seems remote sensing derived information could be useful to communicate these needs to the wider community. Space for Development: socio-economic benefits through space technology.
Climate Change and Sustainability in Africa - Applications of Remote Sensing
Food security, African ecosystems and desertification, renewable energy site selection (wind & solar), water security and resources, invasive species in Serengeti and other sensitive areas. Characterisation of savanna ecosystems using RS Time series analysis of vegetation and change detection.
Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and Radiance Data Assimilation
Weather forecast accuracy depends on the coverage and quality of observational data used to initialize numerical prediction models. This panel will explore how satellite measurements, improved modeling capabilities and advanced data assimilation systems may enable revolutionary advances in forecasting weather and natural hazards.
GEOSS 5 years on: A mid-term assessment
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems was one of the positive outcomes of the World Summit on sustainable Development (WSSD), Johannesburg, 2002. GEOSS was set up as a cooperative scientific enterprise by several nations to harness the collective abilities, instrumental capabilities and data streams to address the ambitious development goals set by the WSSD. IEEE Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) has been an organizational associate of GEOSS, active in promoting remote sensing aspects of the GEOSS programme. Half-way through the proposed initial 10-year programme, it is appropriate to review and re-plan the successes of GEOSS, particularly the contributions of GEOSS to African sustainable development, and poverty and disaster alleviation.
Natural disasters of hydro-meteorological and geological origin
These disasters affect millions of Afcian citizens, more than any other form of disaster. RS has a critical role to play in prediction, response and mitigation.
Ocean Synoptics and Weather
Distinct from marine weather, ocean weather is a new field that recognizes the fundamental importance of ocean dynamics and turbulence. This panel session will examine both the basic principles underlying ocean weather and the wide range of ocean science application areas that have been impacted by the availability of ocean altimetry, ocean vector winds and ocean color satellite observations.
Human and Environmental Health
Landscape epidemiology is an emerging application area for the use of remote sensing data. This panel session will explore the ways in which measurements of specific environmental variables, which are important for the growth and dispersal of health risks, are used to predict and mitigate disease propagation and pandemics.
Baseline Climate Identification and Global Change
Assessment of global change risks due to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and land conversion requires the identification of a baseline climate state. This panel session will focus on the use of satellite observations to provide the global coverage needed to establish such a baseline, to monitor environmental changes and to assess their impacts.
Remote Sensing Education
The Technical Programme Committee is making an appeal to remote sensing experts to consider the opportunity of this large gathering of African scientists and students to contribute in the way of training courses. As well as the usual tutorials on the Sunday before the conference, we are keen to receive proposals for fuller course offerings in the week leading up to the conference. Please contact the Chair, TPC, directly, to start a dialogue.