ISPRS - Technical Commission VII 2008-2012

Thematic Processing, Modeling and Analysis of Remotely Sensed Data


Wolfgang Wagner, PresidentWolfgang Wagner
Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (I.P.F.)
Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
Gusshausstrasse 27-29
1040 Vienna



Juha Hyyppä, Vice-PresidentJuha Hyyppä
Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
Finnish Geodetic Institute
Geodeetinrinne 2, P.O. Box 15
FI-02431 Masala



Wouter Dorigo, SecretaryWouter Dorigo
nstitute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (I.P.F.)
Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
Gusshausstrasse 27-29
1040 Vienna


Terms of Reference
  • Relationship between spectral, radiometric and temporal properties of objects and surfaces, their physical and chemical properties and their variations;
  • Image classification and analysis methodologies;
  • Analysis of characteristics of multi-spectral, hyperspectral, multi-sensor, microwave and multitemporal image data for extraction of attribute information;
  • Methodologies of computer-assisted interpretation and analysis of remotely sensed data;
  • Validation of data and information using laboratory and in-situ methodologies
  • Improving atmospheric modelling for radiometric correction;
  • Multi-source data fusion and integration techniques;
  • Modelling of satellite data derived parameters
  • Global databases and determination of indicators of change for global modelling, monitoring and sustainable development
  • Integration of remote sensing and GIS techniques;
  • Aerosol and particulate detection and identification.


WG VII/1 - Physical Modelling and Signatures in Remote Sensing

Michael Schaepman

Environmental Sciences Department
Centre for Geo-Information
PO Box 47
6700 AA Wageningen
The Netherlands
+ 31 317 47 46 45
+ 31 317 41 90 00

Shunlin Liang

Department of Geography
University of Maryland
2181 LeFrak Hall
College Park, MD 20742
+1 301 405 4556
+1 301 314 9299

Mitsunori Yoshimura

Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan
Roppongi First Bldg.12F,1-9-9, Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

Mathias Kneubühler

University of Zurich
Department of Geography
Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL)
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich
+41 44 635 52 46
+41 44 635 68 46
WG VII/1  Terms of Reference
  • Study the relationship of spectral, directional, temporal and polarimetric properties of objects, as well as their physical and chemical properties and variations
  • Research on advanced quantitative, physical based retrieval of biophysical and biochemical parameters
  • Research of methods based on full spectral signatures using assimilation, inversion and neural networks
  • Study spectrodirectional ('the combination of multiple view angles with imaginary spectrometers') data acquisition potential and subsequent retrieval methods


WG VII/2 - SAR Interferometry

Uwe Sörgel

Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Nienburger Str.1
D-30167 Hannover
+49 511 762 2981
+49 511 762 2483

Rudiger Gens

Alaska Satellite Facility, Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska
Fairbanks, Koyukuk Dr.
P.O. Box 757320
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320
+ 1-907-4747621
+ 1-907-4746441

Michele Crosetto

Institute of Geomatics
Park Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, Av. del Canal Olímpic s/n,
E-08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona
+34 93 556 9294
+34 93 556 9292
WG VII/2  Terms of Reference
  • Generation and evaluation of DEMs derived by interferometric processing of airborne and spaceborne SAR imagery
  • Object extraction from InSAR data
  • Differential SAR Interferometry and Persistent Scatterer Interferometry
  • Ground based SAR Interferometry


WG VII/3 - Information Extraction from Hyperspectral Data

Eyal Ben-Dor

Remote Sensing Laboratory
The Geography and Human Environment Department
Tel Aviv University
P.O.Box 39040, Ramat Aviv 69978 Tel Aviv

Arnold Dekker

Inland and Coastal Water Remote Sensing
CSIRO Land and Water
GPO Box 1666
Canberra, ACT 2601
+61-2-6246 5821
+61-2-6246 5800

Megan Lewis

School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, SA 5005
+61 8 8303 6522
+61 8 8303 6717

Sabine Chabrillat

Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam
Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ
Sektion 1.4, Fernerkundung
Telegrafenberg, A17 20.25
D-14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1108
+49 331 288-1192
WG VII/3  Terms of Reference
  • Ground based validation and radiometric calibration of hyperspectral data
  • Optical, NIR, SWIR and thermal imaging spectroscopy
  • Operationalising and standardising (pre-)processing and methodological approaches
  • Atmospheric parameter retrieval and atmospheric corrections
  • Data and sensor fusion for improved parameter retrieval (combination with other remote sensing data (lidar, SAR, multi-angular) and a priori information)
  • Mixture models for data analysis
  • Data compression and band selection algorithms


WG VII/4 - Methods for Land Cover Classification

Yun Zhang

Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
University of New Brunswick
P.O.Box 4400
Fredericton NB, E3B 5A3

Julian Smit

Division of Geomatics
University of Cape Town
Private Bag Rondebosch
Cape Town 7701
South Africa

Peijun Li

Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS
Peking University
Beijing 100871

Roman Arbiol

Institut Cartografie de Catalunya (ICC)
Parc de Montjuic
E-08038 Barcelona
WG VII/4  Terms of Reference
  • Image classification techniques and new algorithms for the extraction of thematic information including pixel-based classification, object-based classification, and artificial intelligent based classification, and synergism between classification approaches
  • Image analysis methodologies for thematic information extraction including context analysis, texture analysis, image segmentation, and other analysis
  • Advanced and practical methodologies of Computer Assisted Interpretation (CAI) and analysis of remotely sensed data, including expert systems and knowledge based tools to help the human interpretation of images
  • Enhanced methodologies for thematic data extraction using emerging sensor data sources, multiple view sensors and thermal sensors
  • New methodologies for classification quality assessment


WG VII/5 - Methods for Change Detection and Process Modelling

Qiming Zhou

Department of Geography
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong

Jean-Francois Crétaux

Laboratoire d´Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales (LEGOS)
18 avenue Edouard Belin
31400 Toulouse
+33 5 61 33 29 89
+33 5 61 25 32 05

Georg Bareth

Department of Geography
University of Cologne
50923 Köln
+49 221 470 6552
+49 221 470 4917

Haigang Sui

State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS)
Wuhan University
129 Luoyu Road
Wuhan, Hubei, 430079
WG VII/5  Terms of Reference
  • Analysis of characteristics of multitemporal data for extraction of attribute information
  • Methodologies of computer assisted interpretation and analysis of multitemporal data
  • Temporal pattern recognition and time series analysis and Modelling
  • Methodologies for global monitoring, Modelling and prediction
  • Methodologies for extracting essential climate variables from long-term satellite observations
  • Algorithms and methods for monitoring and tracking changing objects
  • Data integration and change detection for updating


WG VII/6 - Remote Sensing Data Fusion

Jixian Zhang

Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping
28 Lianhuachixi Road, Haidian District
Beijing 100830

Zhong Lu

U.S. Geological Survey
EROS Center & Cascades Volcano Observatory
1300 SE Cardinal Court, Building 10, Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98683-9589

Yu Zeng

Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping
28 Lianhuachixi Road, Haidian District
Beijing 100830
WG VII/6  Terms of Reference
  • Automatic registration of images with different sensor, different resolution and different acquisition mode.
  • Concept study and methodology development of data fusion at different processing levels, especially at feature and decision level.
  • Multi-source/multi-sensor data fusion and integration methodologies, such as fusing laser scanning data with images, fusing high-resolution satellite optical imagery with high-resolution SAR imagery, etc.
  • Applications of data fusion to feature extraction, object recognition, classification, mapping, disaster monitoring, change detection, etc.
  • Information mining from multi-platform, multi-source, multi-scale, spatial-temperal data, e.g, geometric information, topological information, statistical information, etc.


WG VII/7 - Theory and Experiments in Radar and Lidar

Sanna Kaasalainen

Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Department
Finnish Geodetic Institute
Geodeetinrinne 2, P.O. Box 15
02431 Masala

Niko Verhoest

Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management
Ghent University
Coupure links 653
B-9000 Ghent
+32 9 264 61 38
+32 9 264 62 36

W. Gareth Rees

Scott Polar Research Institute
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
Cambridge CB2 1ER
United Kingdom
+44 1223 336540
+44 1223 336549
WG VII/7  Terms of Reference
  • Polarimetric radar remote sensing for the retrieval of geophysical parameters
  • Full-waveform laser scanning
  • Radiometric calibration in radar and lidar remote sensing
  • Scaling in radar and lidar remote sensing
  • Physical radar and lidar backscatter models
  • Experiments using both radar and lidar
  • Synergetic use of lidar and radar for retrieval of geophysical parameters
  • Multitemporal radar and lidar remote sensing
  • Terrestrial measurements for validation and calibration



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