The 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment

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You are cordially invited to the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE), which will convenue in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa 8-12 May 2017 under the overarching theme “Earth Observation for Development and Adaptation to a Changing World”. ISRSE-37 will be hosted by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). ISRSE started in 1962 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and is the world’s oldest remote sensing conference. It is currently convened on a biennial basis by the International Centre on Remote Sensing of Environment (ICRSE) and the International Committee on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ICORSE), a standing committee of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

ISRSE is widely acknowledged to be one of the most significant gatherings of the international remote sensing community. The Symposium attracts senior staff of space agencies and international Earth observation programmes and thereby provides a global overview of advances in Earth observation and the consequential societal benefits. This global overview is evident from the plenary programme of ISRSE 36 in Berlin in 2015,

The 2017 Symposium will be the second time in this millennium the African continent will be hosting the ISRSE. It coincides with the implementation of the recently adopted African Space Policy and Strategy and rapid developments in African space science and technology programmes. This focus aims to leverage space science and technology to underpin economic and social development across the African continent. Earth observation presents a unique opportunity in Africa for cooperation, sharing and proactively managing, amongst others, disease outbreaks, natural resources and the environment, responses to natural hazards and disasters, agriculture and food security, weather forecasting and climate-change mitigation and adaptation. ISRSE-37 therefore intends to attract to it a significant numbers of remote sensing experts to exchange views on scientific results, new applications and major programmes.

Being hosted by SANSA in Tshwane, the 2017 Symposium also presents an opportunity to strengthen existing linkages and develop new areas of cooperation with SANSA and more broadly the South African Earth observation community. The Symposium also provides attendees an opportunity to explore Tshwane and South Africa’s unique natural and cultural heritage.

Jane Olwoch, Managing Director SANSA Earth Observation

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