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ISPRS-IAA Space Agency Forum

14-15 July 2016

Prague, Czech Republic

ISPRS-IAA Space Agency Forum at ISPRS Congress 2016

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) together with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) hereby announce The First ISPRS-IAA Space Agency Forum.

Space Agencies enable Earth observation missions and are – directly or indirectly - providers of the up-to-date spatial data of the Earth and form indispensable co-operators for the large community of remote sensing and spatial information. The importance of space agencies to ISPRS and IAA can be witnessed by successful common activities since many years. As a result, ISPRS and IAA invite Space Agencies and the Space Community worldwide to join a two day meeting, named the ISPRS-IAA Space Agency Forum during the next ISPRS Congress, to be held in Prague in 2016. This Forum will be organized as an integral part of the Congress, and in parallel with the National Mapping and Cadastral Agency Forum.

The ISPRS Congress is the most important ISPRS meeting organized every four years. Each Congress is an assembly of several thousand scientists and professionals. The congresses attract participants from all over the world to discuss the latest in technical, scientific and application oriented development in remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information. ISPRS has thus created a platform for specialists from the different but interrelated areas of the geospatial field.

Potential topics to be discussed during the Space Agency Forum are: missions and data systems, remote sensing for environmental monitoring, remote sensing for the societal benefit areas of GEO, new applications, 3D and 4D remote sensing, new challenges in remote sensing research, big data, data policy and long-term data continuity, synergy between international Earth Observation programmes such as Landsat and Sentinel-2, data archiving and delivery.

Sessions will comprise invited and presented papers. One session of the Forum will be a joint session between the National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies and the Space Agencies. It will be focussed on two questions:

    How do National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies currently use, or could poten-tially use, Earth Observation data, and what would they like to see improved?
    What are the plans of Space Agencies in the sphere of providing support to Mapping Agencies, and how can this cooperation be strengthened?

For Space Agencies, a clear advantage of the Forum is to better understand current hurdles and improvements necessary for using Earth observation products in the domain of charting, topography and cadastre including nautical mapping. NMCAs, on the other hand, will obtain a better understanding of the potential and limitations of current Earth observation products with respect to their demands. In addition, it will become clear to which extent the Space Agencies can respond to these demands in the future.

The Forum thus provides an ideal platform for Space Agencies for mutual discussions, as well as discussions with one of the main users of space imagery and with the scientific community.

Date: the Forum will be an integral part of the programme of the 2016 ISPRS Congress, and will be held on 14 – 15 July 2016.

Contact information

Lena Halounová, Congress Director, congressdirector(at)

Václav Šafář, President of Local Programme Committee, program(at)

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