Plenary Sessions

In addition to the technical programme, 5 dedicated plenary sessions are being held, intended to address more strategic issues in Remote Sensing of the Environment. Numerous high-ranking experts and leaders in Remote Sensing have already confirmed their participation and will ensure interesting insights and visionary discussions:

PLEN-1 – The Perspectives of Space Agencies

  • Volker Liebig, Director Earth Observation, ESA
  • Michael Freilich, Earth Science Division Director, NASA
  • Gerd Gruppe, Member of the Executive Bord, DLR Space Administration
  • Chu Ishida, Senior Chief Officer for Satellite Applications Space Technology Directorate, JAXA
  • Alain Ratier, Director General, EUMETSAT
  • Stephen Volz, Director Satellite and Information Service, NOAA
  • Guo Huadong, Director-General of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth RADI

PLEN-2 – Global Earth Observations for Leveraging the Essential Climate Variables Essential Climate Variables and the IPCC

PLEN-3 – The Copernicus Era

  • Introducing Copernicus – Vision, Status, Outlook, Philippe Brunet, EC
  • User report 1: “Copernicus in our operations”, Chris Steenmans, European Environmental Agency
  • User report 2: “Copernicus in our operations”, Jörg Roos, European Commission, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
  • Copernicus – opportunities for science, Wolfram Mauser, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • “Growth” by Copernicus – an SME perspective, Geoff Sawyer, European Association of Remote Sensing Companies

PLEN-4 – Global Trends and Challenges in Remote Sensing Technology

  • New Approaches in SAR Imaging, Alberto Moreira, DLR
  • Optical Imaging from the ISS, Keith Beckett, Urthecast
  • The Use of UAVs for Remote Sensing Applications: Current Examples and Future Trends, Kyriacos Themistocleous, Cyprus University of Technology
  • Micro-satellite for Hyperspectral Imaging, Goh Cher Hiang, National University of Singapore
  • Cloud based Geo-platforms – a new business model to simplify the geo business, Manfred Krischke, CloudEO
  • Google Earth Engine: Massive earth observation data access and processing, David Thau, Google

PLEN-5 – Perspectives on the Future of Global Earth Observation