The International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), the premier international conference on remote sensing programs and applications, opened in Toronto with presentations by renowned representatives of national space agencies including the Canadian Space Agency, NASA, and the National Space Development Agency of Japan.
Remote sensing is important because it allows humans to gain critical information about how the future of the Earth can be safeguarded. Specifically, humans rely on the information gathered through remote sensing to track hurricanes, locate land mines, navigate through ice invested waters, assess environmental change, predict drought, and even to save lives. Remote sensing, the science of using data derived from satellite, airborne and ground-based sensors to collect information on the Earth and its surrounding environment, has become an invaluable tool for humans to understand the world around them. It is the only discipline that can provide global, consistent and unbiased observations of the health of our planet.
The five-day conference, which will attract over 1,300 experts from the realms of science, government, industry and academia, will address the innovative contributions their organizations are making to the field of remote sensing and reiterate the importance of information sharing that is promoted through IGARSS.
This is a joint conference sponsored by the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society of IEEE and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. The theme of IGARSS 2002, Remote Sensing: Integrating Our View of the Planet, reflects the powerful collaboration of satellite, airborne and ground-based imagery with geographic information systems (GIS) and the expertise of many disciplines. Conference topics have been selected to offer a broad selection of the most current specializations within the fields of geoscience and remote sensing. Examples include monitoring and predicting the Earth’s environment, global climate change as well as managing natural resources and disasters. The annual conference runs from June 24-28 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto.