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