ISPRS - Technical Commission VIII 2004-2008

Remote Sensing Applications and Policies


Ammatzia Peled, PresidentAmmatzia Peled
University of Haifa
Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies
Haifa 31905
+ (972)48-240418
+ (972)48-249605



Basheer Haj-Yehia, SecretaryBasheer Haj-Yehia
Pelled GIS Mapping Ltd.
67 Albert Schweitzer St.
Haifa 34995
+ (972)48-343591
+ (972)48-343763


Terms of Reference
  • General consideration for all aspects
    • Sustainable development
    • Ecological and environmental considerations
    • Human Impact
  • Supporting
    • Decision-making by providing useful information to the user in near real time on operational basis.
    • Forecasting
    • Monitoring
    • Solving problems and conflicts
  • Topics
    • Human settlements
    • Hazards and disasters
    • Land degradation and desertification
    • Natural resources
    • Geology, Geomorphology
    • Water
    • Arid lands
    • Coastal zones and wetlands
    • Ocean color and state
    • Forests and Landscape biodiversity
    • Agriculture and food production
    • Atmosphere, climate and weather
    • Regional correlated issues
    • Policies and Treaties
  • Collaboration with other Societies, organizations, International (regional) and national agencies and institutions


WG VIII/1 - Human Settlements and Impact Analysis

Derya Maktav

Istanbul Technical University
Remote Sensing Department
34396 Maslak, Istanbul
+ (90) 212-2853808
+ (90) 212-5737027

Carsten Juergens

Ruhr-University Bochum
Geography Department
Geomatics/Remote Sensing Group
D-44780 Bochum
+ (49) 234-32-23376
+ (49) 234-32-14877

Peter Winkler

Institute of Geodesy
Cartography and Remote Sensing (FOMI)
Budapest Bosnyakt ter 5
+ (36) 1 3636 669
+ (36) 1 252 8282

Qihao Weng

Indiana State University
Geography Department
Center for Urban and Environmental Change (Director)
Department of Geography, Geology, and Anthropology
Terre Haute, IN 47809
WG VIII/1  Terms of Reference
  • Application of improved interpretation and mapping methods for urban, sub-urban and peri-urban land-use in transition to help for better urban planning using aerial and high spatial resolution spaceborne data.
  • Remote observations for monitoring urban environment and implementation of change detection algorithms for the study of urbanization structure and development processes.
  • Use of RS & GIS for infrastructure development for rural and urban settlements.
  • Study impact of urbanization, industrial growth and 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 VIII/2 - Hazards, Disasters and Public Health

Piero Boccardo

Dipartimento di Georisorse e Territorio
Politecnico di Torino Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
10129 Torino
+ (39) 11-5647667
+ (39) 11-5647699

Veerubhotla Bhanumurthy

National Remote Sensing Agency
Dept. of Space, Govt. of India
Balanagar, Hyderabad - 500 037
+ 0091-40-23884252
+ 0091-40-23884252

Amelia M. Budge

Earth Data Analysis Center
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
+1 (505) 277-3622 ext 231
+1 (505) 277-3614
WG VIII/2  Terms of Reference
  • Generation of vulnerability and hazard zone maps for different type of disasters such as forest fire, cyclone, floods, drought, volcanoes, earthquake, land slides etc and Identification & assessment of potential risk zones.
  • Integrate remotely sensed observation and communication strategies with enhanced predictive modelling capabilities for disaster detection, early warning, monitoring, damage assessment and Public Health in co-operation with CEOS, IGOS and other national, regional and international organizations and efforts.
  • Development of disaster management plans for pre-, during and post disaster situations and enhance support for early warning systems and emergency events mitigation and management decision-making and.
  • Foster the creation of more effective information systems to support disaster management activities; quick damage assessment; relief and rescue operations; and all environmentally-induced events that affect public health.
  • Organize workshops and seminars for applying remote sensing data products to public health and other environmentally-induced events that may affect humankind


WG VIII/3 - Atmospheric, Climate and Weather Research

Juergen Fischer

Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Geowissenschaften
Institut für Weltraumwissenschaften
Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
D-12165 Berlin
+ (49) 30-838 56663
+ (49) 30 838 56664

Larry Di Girolamo

Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
105 South Gregory Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3070
+ 1 (217) 333-3080
+1 (217) 244-4393

Gabriela Seiz

Directorate of Earth Observation
Via Galileo Galilei
Casella postale
I-00044 Frascati
+39 06 941 80407
+39 06 941 80552

Rene Preusker

Freie Universitä Berlin, Fachbereich Geowissenschaften
Institut für Weltraumwissenschaften Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
D-12165 Berlin
+49 30-838 52375
+49 30 838 56664
WG VIII/3  Terms of Reference
  • Summarize an overview of existing and planned observational systems, with focus on cloud and aerosol properties.
  • Identify gaps in existing observational capacity for retrieving cloud and aerosol properties.
  • Contribute to the definition of a system of space, air and in-situ observations and to refinements of models in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
  • Identify multi-sensor techniques for retrieving cloud and aerosol properties.
  • Identify the needs of numerical weather and climate models for remotely sensed cloud and aerosol properties.
  • Implement, enhance and define methods and techniques for better extraction and processing the information content of satellite data for weather and climate research


WG VIII/4 - Management of Tropical Environments Research

Laurent Polidori

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
Route de Montabo - BP 165
97323 Cayenne cedex
French Guiana
+ (594) 594 29 92 81
+ (594) 594 31 98 55

Pedro Walfir Souza Filho

Universidade Federal do Pará
Dept. Geociências
Av. Augusto Correa 1
C.P 1611, CEP. 66075-110
Belém, Pará
+ 55 91 3183-1109
+ 55 91 3183-1609

Regional Coordinator Asia
Thongchai Charuppat

196 Phahonyothin Road
Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
+ 66 2 940-5516
+ 66 2 915-7125

Moïse Tsayem Demaze

Université du Maine
Avenue Olivier Messiaen
72085 Le Mans cedex 9
+ 33 2 43 83 31 46
+ 33 2 43 83 31 92
WG VIII/4  Terms of Reference
  • Identify tropical regions inherent problems related to remote sensing data acquisition and processing (cloudiness, lack of infrastructure...) and propose solutions.
  • Review the potential and limitations of remote sensing and develop remote sensing applications for studying and monitoring tropical environments (mangrove, tropical wetlands, suburban areas...) and for specific issues found in tropical areas (epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, deforestation monitoring, topography through rain forest canopy...)
  • Implement ground measurements to improve the understanding of sensor responses on tropical ecosystems


WG VIII/5 - Policies, Treaties and Data Access

Bhupendra Jasani

Department of War Studies
King's College London
University of London, Strand
London WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom
+ (44) 207 848 2311
+ (44) 207 848 2026

Irmgard Niemeyer

Institute for Mine-Surveying and Geodesy
Freiberg University of Mining and Technology
Agricolastrasse 1
D-09599 Freiberg
+ 49 (0)3731 39-3591
+ 49 (0)3731 39-3601
WG VIII/5  Terms of Reference
  • Use of remotely sensed imagery by commercial satellites for the verification of treaties.
  • Study the potential and limits of commercial satellite imagery with regard to transparency, data reliability and continuity of data availability.
  • Analyzing present and future trends of national and international remote sensing programmes; remote sensing satellites and security; and policies.
  • Coordinate ISPRS contributions to studies of applying remote sensing for international policies and treaties.
  • Cooperate with other ISPRS working groups to support international cooperation and policy making for the implementation of optimum constellation of complementary satellites to meet Earth Observation requirements on a long term basis.
  • Cooperate with IPAC and coordinate efforts to produce ISPRS white papers on space


WG VIII/6 - Coastal Management Ocean Colour and Ocean State Forecasting

Smantha Lavender

School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences( SEOES)
Portland Square A504, University of Plymouth
Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
United Kingdom
+44-0-1752 232460
+44-0-1752 232406

Ichio Asanuma

Department of Environmental Information
Tokyo University of Information Sciences
1200-1, Yato, Wakaba
265-8501, Chiba
+ (81) 43-236-4633
+ (81) 43-236-4633

Regional Coordinator
Mervyn J. Lynch

Department of Applied Physics
Curtin University of Technology
PO BOX U1987 Perth, 6845
+ 61 8 9266 7540

Regional Coordinator
Costas Armenakis

Centre for Topographic Information
Natural Resources Canada
615 Booth Street, Ottawa
Ontario K1A 0E9
+ 1 613 992 4487
+ 1 613 995 4127
WG VIII/6  Terms of Reference
  • Develop quantitative understanding of coastal processes, i.e., physical dynamics, delivery of land materials, particle dynamics, ecosystem structure, and carbon cycles.
  • Study the impact of human activity on the coastal zones, with specific attention on wetlands, estuaries, and coral reefs.
  • Monitor harmful algal blooms, including detection, understanding of factors which encourage formation. Development of control and mitigation measures.
  • Further the conservation of marine ecosystems and bio-diversity, and study wild fisheries and other processes affecting stock recruitment and nursery habitats with development of indicators and monitoring of trends.
  • development of analytical algorithms for retrieval of bio-geo-chemical parameters, data merging, and for the improvement of coastal products;
  • Foster the development of procedures and protocols for Integrated Coastal Zone Management using remote sensing and GIS techniques. Further the work on resolving the vertical datum, linking land and chart datum, for predicting tidal cycles;
  • Modelling inter-comparison activities, especially for coupled 3D hydrodynamic and biological models that are needed to study the ocean carbon cycle.
  • Support an initiative to demonstrate the value of remotely sensed imagery for accurately predicting site-specific tidal cycles, and other issues, in collaboration with the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), International Ocean Color Coordinating Group (IOCCG) and the Global Ocean Observation Experiment group


WG VIII/7 - Water Resources Security and Management

K.D. Sharma

National Institute Of Hydrology,
Roorkee, Hardwar
247667, Uttaranchal
+ (91) 1-332-272106
+ (91) 1-332-272123

Sanjay K.Jain

Remote Sensing Applications
National Institute of Hydrology
Roorkee, Hardwar-247667, Uttaranchal
+91 1 332 272906 ext.247
+91 1 332 272123

Rajesh Goel

National Institute of Hydrology,
Roorkee - 247 667
+ (91) 1332-272106
+ (91) 1332-273976
WG VIII/7  Terms of Reference
  • Implementation of remotely sensed spectral data to monitor and investigate point and non-point discharge of pollutants into natural and man-made water transportation and storage system; for investigating sedimentation in reservoirs; and for any other contamination of water resources.
  • Adoption of remotely sensed spectral data into GIS data bases for monitoring quality and quantity of water resources.
  • Further the role of remote sensing and GIS data sources and spatial processing methods in sustainable development of water resources, water quality studies and planning continued availability.
  • Integration of remote sensing and GIS for rainfall runoff modeling.
  • Cooperate with ISPRS WG VIII/8, WG VIII/3 and other organizations on applications of remote sensing for snow and glaciers studies and the effect of climate change on water resources.


WG VIII/8 - Polar and Alpine Research

Beata Csatho

Geology Department
University at Buffalo
876 Natural Sciences Complex
Buffalo, NY 14260-3050
+1-716-645-6800 x3921

Marc A. D'Iorio

Applications Division & Terrain Sciences Division
Natural Resources Canada
601 Booth Street, Ottawa
+1 613-992-2451
+1 613-992-0190

Hongxing Liu

Department of Geography
Texas A&M
814C Eller O&M Building
College Station,
TX 77843
+ 1-979-845-7998

Regional Coordinator
Petri Pellikka

University of Helsinki
Department of Geography
+ 358-9-191 51068
+ 358-9-19150760

Regional Coordinator
Xiao Cheng

Institute of Remote Sensing Applications
P.O.Box 9718, Beijing 100101
+ 86 10 6484 8730
WG VIII/8  Terms of Reference
  • Identifying and conducting remote sensing initiatives supporting the International Polar Year (2007-2008)
  • Improving the retrieval of geophysical parameters relevant to the different elements of the cryosphere
  • Developing strategies and algorithms for assimilating remotely sensed data in models of polar processes
  • Developing long-term records and studying on-going changes in polar and other ice-covered regions. e.g. changes in terrestrial polar ecosystems; ice sheet and glacier mass balance; and sea-ice cover.


WG VIII/9 - Arid Lands, Land Degradation and Desertification

Dan Blumberg

Dept. of Geography and Environmental Development
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
P.O. Box 653
84105 Beer Sheva
+ (972) 7-647-2009
+ (972) 7-647-2821

Michael S. Ramsey

Department of Geology & Planetary Science
University of Pittsburgh
200 SRCC Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
+1 412 624-8772
+1 412 624-3914

Ravoori Nagaraja

Land Use Division
National Remote Sensing Agency
Dept. of Space, Govt. of India
Balanagar, Hyderabad - 500 037
+ 91-40-23884239
+ 91-40-23884259
WG VIII/9  Terms of Reference
  • Integrate remote sensing data, in-situ and other measurements into a GIS domain to monitor and facilitate study and research of: Dry and arid lands; spatial and temporal environmental changes in the arid environment; and Processes of land degradation and desertification
  • Conduct quantitative assessments of soil, rocks and organic matter from spectral measurements and contribute to the establishment of desertification indicators such as the SPAC (soil, plant, atmosphere, climate) and other concepts
  • Implementation of remote sensing data and GIS methodologies in support of: Sustainable development in arid lands; Generating alternate scenarios to facilitate monitoring and management of arid and dry lands; and for land resources assessment for fighting land degradation and desertification
  • Interact and cooperate with the International Geomorphological Association, The IGU Commission on Arid Lands (COMLAND) and other Interest groups and International bodies interested in arid lands, land degradation and desertification
  • Generating alternate scenarios to facilitate monitoring and management of arid and dry lands; and for land resources assesment for fighting land degradation and desertification


WG VIII/10 - Precision Farming and Sustainable Food Production

James S. Schepers

Supervisory Soil Scientist
Department of Agronomy
113 Keim Hall
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583-0915
+1 402 472-1513
+1 402 472-0516

Giampiero Genovese

Joint Research Centre
Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen
Agriculture and Fisheries Unit
Monitoring Agriculture with RemoteSensing
STAT sector, TP 26
+ 39-0332-78 5260
+ 39-0332-78 9029

Gavin A. Wood

Remote Sensing and GIS applications
National Soil Resources Institute
Cranfield University at Silsoe, Silsoe
Bedfordshire MK45 4DT
United Kingdom
+ 44 (0) 1525 863063
+ 44 (0) 1525 863099
WG VIII/10  Terms of Reference
  • Protocols and methodologies to efficiently and economically provide satellite and aircraft based inputs to monitor crop vigor, diseases, and stresses for making spatial and temporal agricultural decisions that affect the security, quality, and profitability agricultural production
  • Integration of environmental parameters of agricultural production into GIS framework that allows for utilization of space-based inputs
  • The use of active sensors to evaluate and monitor biological and physical processes, important in agricultural management
  • Collaborate with industry, farming cooperatives, consultants and other end users to define real-time information needs that will enhance the decision making process and encourage further development of technologies
  • Collaborate with WG VIII/11 to improve analytical techniques and with international precision agriculture groups to sponsor workshops


WG VIII/11 - Sustainable Forest and Landscape Management

Barbara Koch

University of Freiburg
Institute for Forest Economy
Dept. of Remote Sensing & Landscape Information Systems
Tennenbacherstr. 4,
D-79106 Freiburg i. Br.
+ (49) 761-2033695
+ (49) 761-2033701

Håkan Olsson

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Dept. of Forest Resource Management and Geomatics
Remote Sensing Laboratory
901 83 Umeå
+ (46) 90 7868376
+ (46) 90 77 81 16

Alan Blackburn

Department of Geography
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YB
United Kingdom
+44 1524 592775
+44 1524 847099
WG VIII/11  Terms of Reference
  • Further the automatization of forest information extraction from spectral imagery through improvement of procedures and models for inventorying and monitoring of forest resources, timber stock and biomass
  • Study and promotion of forest biodiversity and sustainable management applications in respect to the convention on biodiversity with the amendments made at the Gothenburg and Johannesburg meetings
  • Apply remote sensing techniques to support forest management tasks using forests as source for renewable energies
  • Further development and implementation of algorithms to extract forest and other landscape information from airborne laser scanners and digital cameras data
  • Join other ISPRS Working Groups in supporting actions to promote space segments focused on applications like forestry and agriculture
  • Liaise with International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), EARSeL (Forestry Group) EC working group on Future Needs of Research Infrastructures in Environmental Sciences and ICORSE


WG VIII/12 - Geological Mapping, Geomorphology and Geomorphometry

Benoît Deffontaines

Laboratoire de Géomatériaux
Université de Marne-la-Vallée
Institut Francilien des Géosciences
Cité Descartes,
5 Bd Descartes, Champs sur Marne
77454 Marne-La-Vallée Cedex 2
+ (33)
+ (33)

Eyal Ben-Dor

The Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL)
Department of Geography and the Human Environment
Tel-Aviv University
Tel Aviv 69989
+ (972) 3-9494472
+ 972-3-6406243

Thomas Cudahy

CSIRO Exploration and Mining
Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC)
26 Dick Perry Avenue
Technology Park,
Kensington, WA, 6151
+ 618-6436-8630
+ 618-6436-8555
WG VIII/12  Terms of Reference
  • Further the implementation of multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing and their integration into Spatial Information Systems for: Geological mapping; Establishment of Aged and facies geological and structural data bases; Advanced 3-Dimensional geological mapping
  • Implementation of remote sensing data and spatial technology in support of studies such as: erosion processes (mountainous areas, tropical areas, arid and semi-arid soils); Littoral evaluation (temprate, tropical areas); Neotectonics; Dune stabilization and Motion (process, kineticks); and other geomorphological research
  • Adoption of spectroscopy applications for mineralogical mapping
  • Implementation of algorithms and methodologies to study and define bias-corrected parameters of remotely sensed observations (e.g. BRDF, physical and chemical crust, dust, structural and optical properties, etc.)
  • Integrating and implementing remote sensing data into geomorphometry applications to visualize and represent: Digital terrain, surface and elevation models; Drainage networks; Hydrological network components; Neotectonics; Slips; Strikes; Plates; and other static and dynamic geological, topographical and geomorphological phenomena, objects and features.




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