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“Taiwan hosts ACRS 2000”

The Asian Conference on Remote Sensing provided a forum for exchanging academic and technical information and promoting operational applications of geoinformation

The 21st Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2000) was held at Taipei International Convention Centre from 4th to 8th December 2000. It was organised by Chinese Taipei Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research of National Central University, and Asian Conference on Remote Sensing. More than 410 scientists, researchers, engineers and policy makers from 24 countries gathered at the Conference. The conference provided a forum for exchanging academic and technical information, promoting regional cooperation, and promoting operational applications of geoinformation, including remote sensing, geographic information systems, and space technologies.

Followed by paper presentations, two keynote speeches were given by Prof. Armin Gruen of ETH and Prof. Kamal Sarabandi of U. of Michigan with topics of (1) Possibility and Limitation of Satellite High Resolution Data, and (2) Recent Advances in Radar Remote Sensing of Vegetation, respectively. Twenty seven oral sessions and three poster session, were arranged in the Conference. The topics targeted the areas of agriculture and soil, landuse, forestry and water resources, coastal zone monitoring and oceanography, digital photogrammetry, environment and global change, GIS and data integration, hazard mitigation, image processing, education, space mapping, GPS, SAR, and hyperspectral analysis. PACRIM-2 activities were also reported in 3 special sessions. Two hundred and twenty papers were collected in the Proceedings.

In order to support those young scientists from developing countries to participate the Conference, supporting grants were awarded in the Opening Ceremony.

The prize winners were:

No. Name  Country
1 Erlinda E. Salamante Philippines
2 Pornphan Dulyakarn Thailand
3 Uthai Sangthongpraow Thailand
4 Yunden Bayarjargal Mongolia
5 Victorino A. Bato Philippines
6 Rowena Bassi Quiambao Philippines
7 Alok Gupta India

Four best papers and three best posters were selected from the young authors by the Japanese Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and awarded in the Closing Ceremony. They are listed in Table 1.

Delegates at opening ceremony

Best Paper awards presentation at closing ceremony

It was determined in the General Meeting that the next ACRS will be held in Singapore. Nepal was endorsed for the ACRS in 2002. The details of the Conference including the photo album may be acquired at . For further information, please contact: Prof. Liang-Chien Chen, Technical Chairman of ACRS2000 at [email protected].

Table 1: List of best papers and best posters
Name Paper Title Affiliation Remark
Yue Zhang An Operational Approach for Mapping Bushfire History in the Tropical Savannas of Northern AUSTRALIA Information Technology & Education Northern Territory University, Australia Best Paper
Tang-Huang Lin Applying AVHRR Data to Estimate and Monitor Aerosol Optical Thickness Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research National Central University Taiwan Best Paper
C. T. Wang A Study On Differential Interferometry in Subsidence Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, National Central University Taiwan Best Paper
Xiaojing Huang Multi-Resolution Approach to Radargrammetric Digital Elevation Models Generation Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing National University of Singapore Singapore Best Paper
Hiroyuki Masubuchi Biomass Estimation by the Stereophonic Image Analysis Center for Environmental Remote Sensing, Chiba University Japan Best Poster
Michiru Miyamoto Relationship Between Canopy BRDF and Physical Parameters of 3-D Structure of Vegetation in Northern Wetlands in JAPAN Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Biological Environmental Engineering University of Tokyo Japan Best Poster
Seong-Ryul Baek The Development of Forest Fire Forecasting System Using Internet GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing Department of Geodetic Engineering  Kyungil University Korea Best Poster
AARS and GISdevelopment.net join hands
During the conference, AARS and GISdevelopment.net agreed upon several collaborations. Due to steep hike in the cost of publishing proceedings, it was increasingly being difficult to come out with the printed proceedings of the ACRS. At the same time, the relevance and importance for print documentation of the proceedings of such conferences, especially for developing countries cannot be ignored. In this background, GISdevelopment.net has agreed to publish and sponsor the proceedings of 22nd ACRS, which is to be held at Singapore in 2001. In another major development, GISdevelopment.net agreed to make available the ACRS proceedings on its site www.GISdevelopment.net/aars/acrs.

Disaster Management Summit Boosts Operational Demand 
On December 6, 2000 RADARSAT International (RSI) successfully hosted the second International Summit on the Use of RADARSAT-1. Held in Taipei during the middle of the 21st Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), and co-organised with local distributor RITI Taiwan Inc., the Summit explored the use of RADARSAT-1 for Disaster Management. In attendance were scientists and operational users from Taiwan, Canada, India, Japan, Korea, Australia, Netherlands and Iran. According to Ron Martin, RSI Sales Director of South, Central and Northeast Asia, “The Summit was an extremely valuable session for users and future users to learn more about the recent operational successes of RADARSAT-1 for disaster management. Of special note was a presentation on the Indian experience of using RADARSAT-1 for monitoring a supercyclone that affected the entire Indian State of Orissa. Local Taiwanese participants were extremely interested in this application due to the local devastation caused by typhoons. Many participants of the Summit were sophisticated RADARSAT-1 users who currently incorporate RADARSAT-1 in their disaster management programs. Case studies presented included: flood monitoring, snow hydrology and avalanche mapping, locust monitoring and mapping, crustal deformation resulting from earthquakes and volcanoes, and interferometry. Discussions also involved the future use of the RADARSAT-2 satellite in disaster management programmes..