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
L5 Agroecosystems
O1 Ocean Biology (Color) and Water Quality
O2 Ocean Surface Winds and Currents
O3 Ocean Temperature and Salinity
O4 Ocean Altimetry
M1 Precipitation and Clouds
M2 Numerical Weather Prediction and Data Assimilation
M3 Atmospheric Sounding
M4 Aerosols and Atmospheric Chemistry
C1 Land Ice and Snow
C2 Sea Ice
Analysis Techniques
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
A7 Other
Electromagnetics and Radiative Transfer
E1 Microwave Scattering and Propagation
E2 Optical and Infrared Modeling
Sensors and Platforms
S1 SAR Instruments, Missions and Calibration
S2 SAR Processing
S3 Active Microwave
S4 Radiometer Instruments and Calibration
S5 Lidar Sensors
S6 Passive Optical and Hyperspectral Sensors
S7 UAV and Airborne Platforms
S8 Other
Education and Policy
P1 Data Management and Systems
P2 Remote Sensing Data and Policy Decisions
P3 Education and Remote Sensing

Application Themes

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.