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Our Mission

The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society seeks to advance science and technology in geoscience, remote sensing and related fields using conferences, education, and other resources.

Fields of Interest

The fields of interest of the Society are the theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the remote sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, as well as the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information.

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    The advances of desertification is a menace to agriculture and urban settlements in many areas of the world. Urban areas, natural resources and crop monitoring and critical for our development and sustainability.

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    Oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface and contain 97 percent of the planet's water. Oceans contain the largest food and energy stocks, necessary for the development of an increasing population, and play an integral role in many of the Earth's systems including climate and weather.

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    Katrina’s hurricane is a clear example of a devastating event due to an uncontrolled atmospheric event. Predicting hurricane trajectories helps save hundreds of lives and goods.

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    The cryosphere contains an immense amount of solid water. During the past decades the amount of ice has been continuously decreasing, while the mean sea level has been slightly rising. Cryospheric monitoring provides the clues of the past of our planet, and may provide a clear indication of its future.

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    Data gathered from a number of remote sensors must be processed before it is converted into usefull information. Classification techniques help in this process.

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    Remote Sensors are all based on some sort of electromagnetic phenomena (scattering or emission). Understanding the propagation of the electromagnetic waves and their interaction with matter is critical to design new sensors and understand the measurements.

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    Active and passive sensors, either in the microwave or in the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum are systematically used to gather data of a number of physical phenomena from ground, airplane and space.

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    Information (mainly from remote sensors) for the benefit of society is the moto of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.

Message From Our President

The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) achieved new milestones in 2013 with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS) and the launch of the GRS Magazine.  IGARSS 2013 in Melbourne, Australia, was another highlight, which provided attendees with an excellent technical program and a great personal experience.  We also welcomed new chapters in Turkey, Indonesia, China, India, and Colombia.  These accomplishments were possible because of the commitment and countless hours of effort by our volunteers.

In April 2014, GRSS will introduce its second new publication in 2 years, the GRSS eNewsletter.  It will focus on current announcements of upcoming events and timely highlights of GRSS activities, international news from space agencies and industry, and spotlights on members.  The eNewsletter will be available via mobile devices as well as traditional web-based platforms on a monthly schedule.

We are extremely pleased that the Society is experiencing solid growth in membership and chapter development, particularly in Regions 8 (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and 10 (Asia and Pacific).  Growth in GRSS activity in Region 9 (Latin America) is a current strategic priority for the Society, as reflected in our new initiatives for 2014.  Regional liaisons are being appointed to the Chapters Committee to improve communication with the AdCom and support local chapter and membership development.  We are also expanding our Distinguished Speakers program in 2014 to include increased support for regional speakers.

I am pleased to add my congratulations to the ten members of GRSS who were selected to advance to the rank of IEEE Fellow.  The Class of 2014 includes Thomas Ainsworth, Joachim Ender, Irena Hajnsek, Scott Hensley, Michael King, Roger King, Toshio Iguchi, Konstantinos Papathanassiou, Daniele Riccio, and Jiacheng Shi.  We also appreciate the outstanding job of the nominators and our GRSS Fellow Evaluation Committee, chaired by Leung Tsang, and the GRSS Fellow Search Committee, chaired by Mahta Moghaddam.

We now look forward to IGARSS 2014 in Quebec, Canada, from July 13-18.  The conference theme is Energy and Our Changing Planet, which promises a scientifically relevant and technically outstanding program. The Remote Sensing Summer School that preceded IGARSS in 2012 and 2013 is being organized for 2014 at INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique).  We anticipate another great IGARSS.

The November AdCom meeting in Newark, New Jersey, focused on Strategic Planning.  The discussion, led by Executive VP Kamal Sarabandi, emphasized Education, Globalization, and increased engagement of Industry and international space agencies with GRSS.  Investments in new initiatives in 2014 will include support of educational workshops in Latin America, increased support for membership and chapter development, and sponsorship of Technical Committee projects.  I look forward to working with Kamal and the other Vice Presidents for 2014: Wooil Moon (Professional Activities), John Kerekes (Technical Activities), Adriano Camps (Meetings and Symposia), Bill Emery (Publications), and Steve Reising (Information Resources).  We are all anticipating an exciting 2014 for both GRSS and our profession.  If you have any questions or suggestions for the Society, please do not hesitate to contact any of us.

If you have not already joined the IEEE GRSS or renewed your membership for 2014, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible to fully experience the benefits of the Society.

Melba Crawford

2013-2014 President

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