12 December 2014 Hyderabad, India: The four day-long ISPRS TC VIII Mid Term Symposium and the Annual ISRS and ISG Conventions, with the theme Operational Remote Sensing Applications – Opportunities, Progress and Challenges, came to a close here today.
Prof Christian Heipke, Professor for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation, Germany addressed the Concluding Session by stating that India and ISRS are key players for ISPRS. He applauded India’s seriousness in taking forward its remote sensing initiatives, citing the Indian space programme as a testimony of it. He reflected that geospatial data infrastructure is as important for India as any other infrastructure. Further, geospatial is not just about technology but also applications. And both technology and its applications are being taken up in India.
Congress Director Lena Halounova invited the audience to XXIII ISPRS Congress to be held in July 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic.
The Concluding Session also witnessed presentations by various working groups who summarized their recent and future planned activities as well as the details of the respective sessions during this Symposium. The working groups included Disaster & Risk Reduction, Health, Energy & Geological Applications, Water Resources, Cryosphere, Coastal Applications, Geospatial Databases and LBS, Education, Himalayan Ecosystem, Weather, Forestry and Land Cover.
The Best Oral and Poster Paper Awards, in two categories – students and general, were given. Dr VK Dadhwal, President TC VIII of ISPRS, expressed his appreciation to the ISPRS Council, the authors, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Working Group of TC VIII, ISG. PG Diwakar, Organising Secretary, delivered the vote of thanks for all authors, participants, exhibitors, and sponsors.