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November 10, 2014
Environmental Health Monitoring Reported at SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing

BEIJING, China, and BELLINGHAM, Wash., Nov. 5, 2014—The latest advances in remote sensing technologies and applications to monitor the Earth's atmosphere, water, and land were presented during SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing, on 13-16 October. Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the event drew policy makers, scientists, and engineers to the Beijing International Convention Center for topical conferences and networking opportunities.

Themed "Remote Sensing for Earth Systems Science and Environmental Health Monitoring," the event showcased more than 560 papers in seven conferences addressing global changes resulting from natural factors and human activities, and recent advances in remote sensing technologies to study Earth's atmosphere, water, and land. Conferences covered active and passive remote sensing technologies, data processing techniques, applications of remote sensing data, and the societal benefits of global environmental health monitoring.

"The relationship between human activities and the Earth's systems and environment are substantial, cumulative, and accelerating," said Upendra Singh (NASA Langley Research Center), who along with Jiancheng Shi (State Key Lab of Remote Sensing Science) served as symposium chair.

The meeting's four plenary talks illustrated the societal benefits of global environmental health monitoring.

  • George J. Komar, NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) Program Manager reviewed the National Research Council's Earth Science Decadal Survey.
  • Huadong Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth Director-General, introduced six satellites for global change research including an atmospheric carbon satellite and an ocean salinity satellite.
  • Shailesh Nayak, Indian Academy of Sciences and International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Fellow, outlined the agenda for earth system science in India.
  • Hiroshi Murakami, Global Change Observation Mission Product Developer at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, discussed how innovative space science technology can solve environmental issues.

Conference proceedings are being published online in the SPIE Digital Library as manuscripts are approved, with CD and print publication to follow when all manuscripts are in.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided more than $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.

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