29 October - 1 November 2012
SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing 2012, held at the Kyoto International Conference Center, focused on sensing technologies for environmental monitoring. Presentations covered the latest research on topics such as remote sensing of the clouds and atmosphere, land surface remote sensing, ocean environment sensing, and lidar remote sensing.
Toshio Iguchi (National Institute of Information and Communications) noted in his welcome address that event was being held in the same venue where the Kyoto Protocol 15 years ago. Above, Iguchi, right, and Upendra Singh (NASA Langley Research Center) served as Symposium Chairs for 2012.
Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the U.S. while the event was on, giving the world real-time examples of the technology. Remote sensing is the primary tool that forecasters use to "read" weather systems and provide advance warning to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.
The plenary session featured reports from high-level international representatives on the status of their respective governmental projects. They are here to solve global problems, so political conflicts are seen as collective challenges: "We are all working for the same goals, so how can we overcome this latest political 'blip'?" Speakers included:
- Masanori Homma, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
- Yasushi Horikawa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
- George Komar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Jiancheng Shi, Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Tatsuya Yokota, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
Poster presentations provided an opportunity to talk with authors in person about their work.
Attendees enjoyed cultural presentations as well as networking at social events.
Kyoto provided a beautiful location for the event.