Russian space conference by ScanEx: A report

Russian space conference by ScanEx: A report

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Moscow, Russia, 14 December 2007 – ScanEx R&D Center and NGO Transparent World organised a two day conference on outlining the principle development trends and finding more applications for images acquired from space. The event was held at Vatutinki recreation centre of the Russian Presidential Administration in the Russian capital Moscow. This biennial event for the first time saw a great number of leading RS operators offered their VHR and radar data services covering the territory of Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries.

Representatives of RADARSAT (Canada), CosmoSkyMed (Italy), TerraSAR-X (Germany) programs delivered their reports illustrating current status and plans for radar and submeter resolution imagery. Highly detailed optical imagery programs (IKONOS, QuickBird, WorldView, EROS-A and EROS-B, Formosat) were also represented at the conference.

A fundamentally new trend was the discussion of the integrated information service possibilities and programs by world leading RS market players: Telespazio/e-Geos (Italy), ecological program “Planet Action” (SPOT Image, France), Mid-Decadal Global Land Survey (MDGLS) program (NASA and USGS, USA), and application of data acquired from world popular MODIS spectroradiometers onboard Terra and Aqua remote sensing satellites.

ISPRS held a separate session presenting survey papers, making a comprehensive analysis of the possibilities of ecological, economic and social monitoring of the territories using space systems. Emergency situations and risk management, polar research work and shelf, natural resources and environment, remote sensing data for region development management issues traditionally captured the attention of the audience.

A unique in its own way session “Internet and RS data” was held covering a quite new on the Russian market, but already very popular issue of Internet content. Representatives of the “Internet and Business” association, as well as of leading international and domestic sites Google and Yandex and of OGS (Open Geospatial Community) consortium took the floor at the session.

Traditionally, the conference was convened for and managed to gather mostly the specialists in this area. However, gaining popularity, this event witnessed the greetings of governmental agencies’ officials from Ministry of Natural Resources and Ministry of Transport and the Russian Academy of Sciences during the opening ceremony.