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October 25, 2014 

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Nature Correspondance on GlobeLand30
by Chen Jun, Yifang Ban & Songnian Li

China: Open access to Earth land-cover map
China last month donated to the United Nations the first open-access, high-resolution map of Earth's land cover, as a contribution towards global sustainable development and combating climate change.

The map, known as GlobeLand30, comprises data sets collected at 30-metre resolution – more than ten times that of previous data sets. These data sets will be valuable for monitoring environmental changes and for resource management at global, regional and local scales (see also M. A. Wulder and N. C. Coops Nature 513, 30-31; 2014).

The GlobeLand30 data sets are freely available and comprise ten types of land cover, including forests, artificial surfaces and wetlands, for the years 2000 and 2010. They were extracted from more than 20,000 Landsat and Chinese HJ-1 satellite images (see www.globallandcover.com).

GlobeLand30 will promote scientific data sharing in the fields of Earth observation and geospatial sciences.


New call for scientific initiative

Dear all,
as you are probably aware, a call for scientific initiatives was launched in autumn 2013, and based on your submissions a number of projects were funded by ISPRS – see also www.isprs.org/news/announcements/131117-ISPRS-Scientific_Initiative-summaries.pdf.

Council has decided to launch one such call in all odd years in the future, provided that the society has enough funds to support the initiative. This year’s call is again addressed at all Working Group Officers (see attached). We are looking forward to your submissions – please note that the deadline is Nov. 7, 2014.

All the best, Christian.


Consolidated Draft for restructuring – blog for comments

Dear all,
As you will recall, in May this year Council had suggested a discussion about the current structure and had provided a first document the rationale and a plan for a way forward (the document can be found at www.isprs.org/documents/pdf/ISPRS_Commission_restructuring_proposal_v4.pdf.
A discussion about this document was held at the Midterm Symposia 2014 and via the ISPRS blog (this page).

The discussion let to a number of changes, which are incorporated in the Consolidated Draft. The Consolidated Draft is open for discussion via this blog (or via e-mail or any other means of communication) until Nov 30, 2014. The topic will then be discussed at the Joint Meeting of Council and Technical Commission Presidents, to be held in Hyderabad this December.

We are looking forward to your comments, criticism and suggestions,

Christian Heipke.



A Milestone in Earth Observation and Open Access Geo-spatial Information

The world’s first 30-meter resolution global land cover (GLC) dataset, GlobeLand30, has been donated by China to the United Nations (Fig. 1). UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon praised this timely donation during the donation Ceremony on the 22nd SUeptember 2014. He said “The World needs solid, science-based information for making wise decisions for sustainable development.  This donation is very timely and precious.  Tomorrow, global leaders will gather at the United Nations to participate in the Climate Change Summit and to confirm their commitments to action. These detailed data sets will help us to better understand, monitor and manage changes in land cover and land use all over our planet. I commend you for this laudable example of information sharing”. This global dataset will be freely available to Member States and the international community to assist in their scientific decision-making, and to measure and monitor critical environmental components of the SDGs and post-2015 development agenda, as reported by UN Statistics Division (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/GlobeLand30.htm)

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First ISPRS Proceedings accepted for Web of Science

After what can only be described as a very long and arduous process, the first ISPRS Proceedings have now been approved for inclusion into the Thomson Reuters' Conference Citation Proceedings Index (CPCI), one of the indices of the Web of Science.

ISPRS initiated the evaluation procedure for The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences with the help of its publisher, Copernicus GmbH, in January 2013. According to the rules of CPCI, all proceedings from the preceding four years, in this case those for the years 2010-13, were subject to the evaluation procedure. In the future, the proceedings from each event are then individually evaluated by Thomson Reuters prior to acceptance in the CPCI.
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New possibilities for publishing ISPRS proceedings

In order to better serve the ISPRS community and to further increase the quality of the ISPRS proceedings, The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences and the ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Council has recently signed a new contract, covering the period of Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2018 with its proceedings publisher, Copernicus GmbH of Göttingen, Germany.

As of 1st January 2015, ISPRS event organisers have a new service package to assist in publishing proceedings. Using Copernicus’ “Service Package D”, organisers will be able to carry out all aspects of paper submission and review for both the Archives (review based on abstracts) and the Annals (peer review based on full-papers).
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