US: The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) 2010 Annual Conference was held in San Diego, California. This year’s conference theme of Opportunities for Emerging Geospatial Technologies was carried throughout and particularly with the keynote address by Nobel laureate and IPCC co-author Jonathan Overpeck of the University of Arizona. He focused his remarks on “Predicted Consequences of Global Climate Change on Land Surface Processes and the Role of Remote Sensing for Detection and Adaptation.”
There were 11 workshops held on the two days preceding. User group meetings were also held sponsored by ASD, Inc., BAE Systems, DAT/EM Systems International, ERDAS, ESRI, GeoCue, Intergraph, ITT Visual Information Solutions, Microsoft, Optech, PCI Geomatics, QCoherent and Trimble,
The Student Advisory Council (SAC) continued their participation in this year’s conference by organising and moderating a number of sessions directed at students and young professionals. There were many opportunities for students to meet including a Speed Networking Session and a Student and Employer “Meet and Greet,” as well as the popular tour of the exhibit hall designed for students to become acquainted with the exhibitors.
More than 250 technical papers covered many diverse topics including Sensor Design and Development: Ground-based Sensors, Ecosystem and Ecology Applications, Geospatial Education, Data Processing and Analysis: Data Fusion; Data Collection and Management: Accuracy and Error Assessment, etc. A number of special sessions included in the programme covered Commercial Data Licensing, Opportunities for Emerging Geospatial Professionals, Global Croplands and Their Water Use, Forest Fire Fuel Monitoring with LiDAR and Preserving our Geospatial Footprints.
Continuing the very popular feature of Hot Topics established several years ago, found open discussion of The Use of Unmanned Airborne Systems Sensors for Mapping and Remote Sensing, Meeting the Continuing Educational Needs of the Geospatial Labor Force through Workforce Development Programs, Landsat Status and Future Directions and An Update on New and Current Remote Sensing Satellites.
To allow vendors the opportunity to present their products and training in a well-defined format, the programme committee set up a one-hour segment for these presentations. Four concurrent sessions were held with a total of nine companies participating. The Exhibit Area was filled with 80+ worldwide vendors showcasing the latest in products and services.
The ASPRS Southwest Region sponsored a Trolley Crawl as a conference kick off event. Numerous awards were made throughout the conference to many deserving recipients. The ASPRS tradition of honouring members who have contributed greatly to the field and to the society continued this year with a Memorial Address for Uuno (Uki) Vilho Helava. He was honoured with numerous awards and citations throughout his lifetime.
A major social event of the conference took place on the USS Midway, permanently moored in San Diego harbor. It included extensive tours of the aircraft carrier as well as a buffet barbeque served on board. Over 600 conference attendees took part in this event.