San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
23 - 27 August 2020
Conference OP420
Earth Observing Systems XXV
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Abstract Due:
12 February 2020

Author Notification:
20 April 2020

Manuscript Due Date:
29 July 2020

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Conference Chairs
  • James J. Butler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
  • Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
  • Xingfa Gu, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, CAS (China)

Program Committee
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Over the past year, a number of new Earth Observing missions and instruments have successfully launched with many more rapidly approaching launch. For example, missions recently launched include, but are not limited to, the following: NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar launched on December 15, 2018, Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) mission launched on May 4, 2019, and Compact Spectral Irradiance Monitor (CSIM) launched December 3, 2018, the ESA/EUMETSAT Metop-C mission launched on November 7, 2018, the JAXA’s Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2) launched on October 29, 2018, the CNSA Gaofen-10 satellite launched on October 4, 2019, the KARI GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellite launched on December 11, 2018, the RosHydroMet/Roscosmos Meteor-M N2-2 satellite launched on July 5, 2019, and the IRSO Radar Imaging Satellite-2B (RISAT-2B) satellite launched on May 22, 2019. Missions approaching launch in the near future include, but are by no means limited to, the following: satellites in ISRO’s Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1A and 2BR) and Geostationary Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite series (GISAT-1 and 2), the Satellite for Earth Resources-2 (ResourceSat-3), Nanosatellite for Earth Monitoring and Observations-Aerosol Monitoring (NEMO-AM), and the Satellite for Cartography (CartoSat-3), CNSA’s Gao Fen-7 (GF-7) satellite, satellites in CMA’s Feng Yun-3 and 4 series, the Roscosmos/Rosshydromet Electro-L N3 mission, KARI’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2B mission, NASA’s CLARREO-PF and TSIS-2 missions, and NOAA/NSPO’s COSMIC-2a mission. On an international scale, these missions will join the already impressive number of Earth observing satellite systems currently operating on-orbit with active and passive instruments producing remote sensing data—from the ultraviolet through the microwave wavelength region. This proliferation of satellite instruments requires validation of the quality of the data they produce through on-orbit inter-instrument comparisons of measurements made by other on-orbit assets and by airborne, balloon-borne, and ground-based remote sensing instrumentation.

Advances in electro-optic technologies and data acquisition and analysis techniques by commercial, academic, and governmental research institutions have promoted the successful on-orbit operation of hyperspectral Earth remote sensing instruments and enabled the development of lower-cost, miniature satellite sensors with specific areas of performance equal to or better than those of traditional systems.

Lastly, space agencies continue to formulate and/or refine their long term mission plans. For example, the 2017-2027 U.S. National Research Council's Decadal Survey on Earth Science and Applications from Space provides science and application objectives to guide future US space-based observations of Earth in terms of instruments and missions. ESA and EUMETSAT continue instrument formulation and launch planning for their future Earth Explorers, follow-on Copernicus Sentinel Missions, Meteosat Third Generation (MTG), and EUMETSAT Polar System-Second Generation (EPS-SG) programs.

In summary, the Earth Observing Systems XXV conference welcomes the submission of papers over a wide range of remote sensing topics. Papers are solicited in the following general areas:
  • Earth-observing mission studies including new system requirements and plans
  • commercial system designs
  • electro-optical sensor designs and sensitivity studies
  • ultraviolet through thermal infrared, microwave, radar, and lidar remote sensing systems
  • hyperspectral remote sensing instruments and methodologies
  • instrument sub-system and system level pre-launch and on-orbit calibration and characterization
  • vicarious calibration techniques and results
  • satellite instrument airborne simulators
  • techniques for enhancing data processing, reprocessing, archival, dissemination, and utilization
  • conversion from research to operational systems
  • on-orbit instrument inter-comparison techniques and results
  • enabling technologies (optics, antennas, electronics, calibration techniques, detectors, and models)
  • sensor calibration traceability, uncertainty, and pre-launch to on-orbit performance assessments
  • lunar radiometry and photometry
  • remote sensing data acquisition and analysis.
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