ISPRS - Technical Commission VII 2000-2004

Resource and Environmental Monitoring


Rangnath Navalgund, PresidentRangnath Navalgund
National Remote Sensing Agency
Balanagar,Hyderabad 500 037
+91 40 387 8360
+91 40 387 7210



Shailesh Nayak, SecretaryShailesh Nayak
Space Applications Centre (ISRO)
Remote Sensing Applications Area, SAC
Jodhpur Terra, 380 015 Ahmedabad
+91 79 677 41 41
+91 79 676 27 35


Terms of Reference
  • Spectral, spatial, and temporal radiation properties of objects
  • Methodology of computer-aided interpretation and analysis of sensor data
  • Environmental studies, resource inventories, and interpretative aspects of thematic mapping as applied in studies of vegetation,forestry, agriculture, soils, land and water use, geology, geomorphology, hydrology, oceanography, coastal zones, snow and ice, atmospheric sciences, archaeology, human settlements and engineering
  • Integration of remote sensing and GIS techniques for spectral, spatial, temporal, and process modeling, and monitoring of resources and the environment
  • Applications of remotely sensed data for disaster monitoring, mitigation and assessment
  • Use of remotely sensed data and global databases to support sustainable development and application in determination of indices of change to support global modeling and monitoring


WG VII/1 - Fundamental Physics and Modelling

Karl Staenz

Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
Geomatics Canada
588, Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y7
+1 613 947 1250
+1 613 947 1383

Mark Leroy

31401 Toulouse Cedex 4
+33 561 55 85 14
+33 561 55 85 00

Phil Teillet

Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
588, Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y7
+1 613 947 1251
+1 613 947 1383
WG VII/1  Terms of Reference
  • Study of spectral, spatial and temporal signatures of various earth surface features (land and ocean) with special reference to hyper spectral and microwave aspects
  • Studies to understand view angle effects on spectral signatures
  • System studies to define a set of sensors / constellation of satellites for a theme application and radiometric and geometric calibration requirements; in conjunction with WG I / 2
  • Investigations in the area of retrieval of geophysical parameters
  • Cooperation with WG III/5 on advance information extraction techniques : classifiers, data fusion techniques
  • Cooperation with institutions maintaining data bases on spectral signatures, CEOS Cal / Val group and SIG on Imaging Spectrometry


WG VII/2 - Sustainable Agriculture & Eco-system Approach

K. de Bie

Division Geoinformatics and Spatial Data Acquisition
P.O.Box 6
7500 AA Enschede
The Netherlands
+31 53 4874362
+31 53 4874388

Lei F. Tian

Director of Ag Remote Sensing Lab
Professor of Agricultural Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-champaign
+217 333 7534
+217 244 0323

Iris van Duren

PO Box 6
7500 AA Enschede
The Netherlands
WG VII/2  Terms of Reference
  • Improve crop monitoring and yield modelling methodology with synergistic use of space, agrometeorology and in-situ observations in GIS environment
  • Investigate the interaction of agriculture with ecosystems, especially management that reduces agricultural impacts on the environment
  • Geo-information and management requirements for the ecosystem approach
  • Optimal use of agriculture inputs for precision farming employing high spatial and spectral resolution and other data
  • Improving models for assessment, efficient utilisation and conservation of water resources for agriculture using optical, thermal and microwave data with other data
  • Integrated studies for cropping systems in various regional set-ups for attaining sustainable agriculture


WG VII/3 - Integrated Monitoring Systems for Resource Management

Shailesh Nayak

Marine & Water Resources
Space Applications Centre
Jodhpur Tekra, Ambawadi Vistar, P.O.
Ahmedabad - 380 015
+91 79 6914141
+91 79 6760626

LI Yingcheng

Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping
16, Road Beitaiping
100039, Beijing
+86 10 6821 2277 ext. 213
+86 10 6821 8654

R. Nagaraja

Landuse Division
Landuse and Urban Studies Group
National Remote Sensing Agency
Balanagar, Hyderabad - 500 037
+91 40 3884239
+91 40 3884259
WG VII/3  Terms of Reference
  • Modelling and management of natural resources using integration of RS, in-situ measurements and other data in GIS environment
  • Use of spatial information systems for generating alternate scenarios to facilitate monitoring and optimal management: forestry, geology, hydrology, coastal zones, snow and ice
  • Integrated services involving economic, technical and political aspects
  • Contribute to the establishment of reliable indicators of sustainability
  • Cooperation with international environmental programmes such as IGBP for development of process-based models to sustainability


WG VII/4 - Human Settlement and Impact Analysis

Gabor Remetey-Fulopp

Department of Lands and Mapping
Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development
Kossuth Ter 11, H-1860 Budapest 55
+36 1 301 4052
+36 1 301 4691

Carsten Juergens

Dept of Geography
University of Regensburg
+941 943 3630
+941 943 4933

Peter Winkler

FOMI Remote Sensing Centre
1149 Budapest XIV Bosnyak ter 5
+36 1 163 6669
+36 1 202 6458
WG VII/4  Terms of Reference
  • Data analysis for studying urban land use for better urban planning using aerial and high spatial resolution space borne data
  • Remote observations for monitoring urban environment and change detection
  • Use of Remote Sensing & GIS for infrastructure development for rural settlements
  • Study impact of urbanization, industrial growth, mega engineering structures on ecological and social environment, urban sustainability; tracking of disease vectors
  • Documentation, conservation and management of natural heritage and cultural landscapes in co-operation with UNESCO/ICOMOS/CIPA
  • Interface with IHDP


WG VII/5 - Disaster Monitoring, Mitigation and Damage Assessment

Vern H. Singhroy

Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
Geomatics Canada
588 Booth Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y7
+1 613 947 1215
+1 613 947 1385

Michael Abrams

ASTER Science Team
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
MS 183-501
4800 Oak Grove Drive, CA 91109-8099
+1 818 354 0937
+1 818 354 0966
WG VII/5  Terms of Reference
  • Identification of potential risk zones for different type of disasters such as forest fire, cyclone, floods, volcanoes, earthquake, land slides etc.
  • Integrated observation and communication strategies for disaster detection, monitoring and damage assessment in co-operation with CEOS and IGOS
  • Enhance predictive modelling capabilities
  • Development of disaster management plans for pre, during and post disaster situations
  • Foster the creation of more effective information systems to support disaster management activities


WG VII/6 - Monitoring and Modelling Global Change

Yoshifumi Yasuoka

Institute of Industrial Science
University of Tokyo
4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro
Tokyo 153-8505
+81 3 5452 6409 (or 6411)
+81 3 5452 6408

Mark Imhoff

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Centre
Biospheric Sciences Branch
Code 923 Greenbelt MD 20771
+1 301 286 5213
+1 301 286 0239

Kohei Cho

Research and Information Centre
Tokai University
2-28-4 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 151-0063
+81 3 3481 0611
+81 3 3481 0610
WG VII/6  Terms of Reference
  • Use of long term regional and global data bases using historical and satellite data over terrestrial eco-systems, snow and glaciers, atmosphere, oceans to monitor and model global change in cooperation with WG IV/8
  • Evolve standards for data exchange and quality evaluation of satellite derived bio-geophysical parameters
  • Develop strategies and algorithms for assimilating remotely sensed data in global change models
  • Co-operation with international programmes to support implementation of international policies and treaties



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