ISPRS workshop on earth imaging concludes on a high note

ISPRS workshop on earth imaging concludes on a high note


Germany: The joint workshop of the ISPRS working groups I/4, III/4, IV/2 and VII/2, supported by the ISPRS Commission I, working group IV/1 and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) was held at the Leibniz University Hannover from the May 21-24, 2013.

The ISPRS Hanover Workshop has been running successfully, once every two years, with an aim to bring together people from industry, government agencies, private companies and academia at one platform.

Over 120 participants from 29 countries attended the workshop. The workshop included five key note speakers, 39 oral presentations and 38 interactive presentations.

The publications of the workshop are freely available on the ISPRS webpage ( or under the link It is also planned to publish a special issue of the “ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing“ including the best workshop papers in an extended version as well as additional papers related to the workshop topics. The deadline for the submission of these publications is 30/09/2013.

The workshop was inaugurated by Uwe Sörgel followed by welcome addresses by the IAA Technical Director Rainer Sandau and ISPRS General Secretary Christian Heipke

Ranganath Navalgund from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), talked about “Earth Observation in Early Warning Systems”. The second key note talk by Rainer Sandau (AAA) was entitled “Global Space Cooperation – New Activities for Disaster Management and Climate Change”. The three other key note speakers opened sessions on the same day of the workshop. The speakers were Lorenzo Bruzzone (Trento University), Charles Toth (The Ohio State University) and Micheal McCullagh (University of Nottingham).

Besides the invited talks there were ten technical sessions on “Image analysis” (chaired by Franz Rottensteiner), “Space geometry” (Karsten Jacobsen), “DTM” (Peter Reinartz), “Analysis of urban areas by SAR” (Uwe Sörgel), “Laser scanning” (Boris Jutzi), “New sensors” (Stefan Hinz), “Operational remote sensing” (Daniela Poli), “Orientation” (Elja Honkavaara), “High resolution space borne SAR” (Franz Meyer) and “Remote sensing applications” (Petra Helmholz).