You are invited to the 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE), which will take place on May 11-15, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. This 36th Symposium will represent a major event in the long series of internationally recognized ISRSE meetings. The overall theme of the symposium is the use of Earth Observation systems and related Remote Sensing techniques for understanding and managing the Earth environment and resources.
ISRSE-36 takes place at a significant moment: The process to define the UN global development agenda post 2015 with its Sustainability Development Goals will be finalized in 2015. The Future Earth initiative has been created as a global platform to deliver solution-orientated research for sustainability. One of its key challenges is innovative approaches to integrate knowledge systems (data, observation, modelling, etc.), including remote sensing of the environment. A second Hyogo Framework of Action with its goal to substantially reduce disaster losses is set to be launched in 2015, where Earth observation approaches play an increasing role in making societies resilient to disasters. The global Group on Earth Observations (GEO), together with its partners, such as the Committee on Earth Observing Satellite (CEOS), addresses all of these political and scientific agendas while it currently prepares for its second implementation phase 2016-2025. ISRSE-36 will be an excellent forum to present results from past and current scientific achievements related to those international developments, as well as to discuss future plans for them.