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33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE)

May 4-8.2009 in Stresa, Italy

The 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) will take place on May 4-8.2009 in Stresa, Italy. This 33rd Symposium will represent a major event in the long series of internationally recognized ISRSE meetings. The overall theme of the symposium is the use of Earth Observation systems and airborne techniques for understanding and managing the Earth environment and natural resources. The Italian Space Agency is among the sponsor, and the Italian Space industry (with Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio) among the exhibitors


This ISRSE-33 takes place at a strategic moment, when science and technology are expected to play a greater role in contributing towards sustainable development objectives faster and in a more equitable manner. Earth Observation, in particular, now has become an essential component of the global effort to deal with global challenges. Poverty reduction, food security and agricultural production, integrated water resource management, natural resource management- especially forests and biodiversity, migration, urbanization, land degradation and, perhaps most importantly at present, climate change, are all inextricably linked, whether in developed or developing countries.ISRSE-33 will specifically address the UN Millennium Development Goals and be structured along the societal benefit areas of the GEO (Group on Earth Observations) initiative.


At the ISRSE-33, European efforts (EC, ESA and Member States) towards establishing the now active Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative -which was conceived nearby on the Lago Maggiore ten years ago- will be described and discussed.

The Symposium will devote attention to the US National Land Imaging Program and its Landsat Data Continuity Mission which represent significant steps towards the broad availability of satellite data for development. It will pay tribute to NASA as the Agency celebrates its 50th anniversary and will offer an opportunity for reviewing its past and current achievements in earth observation.

Applications in Africa will be the focus of dedicated sessions. The Symposium will also offer a platform for describing and discussing new remote sensing programs in all countries of the world. The latest developments in the setting up of interoperable Earth Observation and Spatial Data Infrastructures through international arrangements are also included in the Symposium's programme.

The Symposium will include plenary and thematic sessions, poster sessions and side events on issues of interest to scientists, policy makers and resource managers in the public and private sectors. The programme will feature speakers from around the globe sharing their experiences and knowledge on remote sensing applications and programmes. By attending the ISRSE-33 remote sensing practitioners, scientists, system engineers and policy makers will be able to get a full view of the current situation in a range of fields now deemed critical in improving the Earth's sustainable management. Students are also encouraged to participate and share their knowledge and views on new R&D activities and technologies through pre-conference tutorial initiatives.

On May 4, a special session (starting at 13:30) will be devoted to the COSMO-SkyMed satellite system for Earth Observation, with speakers reprsenting ASI, Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio


The 33rd ISRSE is jointly organized by the International Center for Remote Sensing of Environment (Tucson, Arizona) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The ISRSE is an International Society of Photogrammetry (ISPRS) Symposium.