[ESIP-all] Fall 2008 AGU session: Open Source Remote Sensing for Environmental Mapping and Analysis

Pilant.Drew at epamail.epa.gov Pilant.Drew at epamail.epa.gov
Thu Aug 7 18:00:09 EDT 2008

Dear Open Source Remote Sensing and Geospatial Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract for this open source remote sensing 
session at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting December 15-19, 
2008 in San Francisco. It will be a great opportunity to promote and learn 
about open source remote sensing in a vibrant international earth science 
community (estimated 15,000 attendees).

Session Name: IN24: Open Source Remote Sensing for Environmental Mapping 
and Analysis 
Session URL: 

AGU Abstract Submission URL: http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm08/
(Please reference session IN24, and note the abstract submission deadline: 
September 10, 2008)

Session Abstract:
Anthropogenic and natural pressures on ecosystems and environments 
threaten human and ecological health at many levels. Remote sensing 
analysis of aerial photography and satellite imagery provides views of the 
environment necessary for sound environmental stewardship. Unprecedented 
amounts of earth imagery are now available on our desktops through data 
portals and virtual earths, and many open source geographic information 
system (GIS) applications are available. However, there is a great need 
for free or low cost, easy to use remote sensing software tools to help 
non-geospatial-experts make better use of these image resources to enhance 
environmental mapping and analysis. 

The goal of this session is to highlight open source remote sensing tools 
and applications in environmental analysis. How are open source remote 
sensing tools being used in environmental analysis (e.g., land cover 
mapping; change detection; disaster recovery; habitat analysis; impervious 
surface mapping)? Are remote sensing mapping algorithms incorporated in 
virtual earths to expand their analytical capability? Can we develop easy 
to use open source decision support tools to help guide environmental 
decision making at the national, regional, local and citizen levels? How 
can we better harness the observations of citizens informed about their 
local environments in a geospatially-enabled manner? 

Thank you for your kind attention, and please forward this announcement to 
any interested colleagues.


Drew Pilant, Ph.D.
US Environmental Protection Agency 
Office of Research and Development
Landscape Characterization Branch
tel:  919.541.0648
fax: 919.541.9420
pilant.drew at epa.gov

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