EORSA 2018: A Decade of Cooperation and Collaboration

Qihao Weng, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow

Program Committee Chair, EORSA 2018


February 1, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

This year marks 10-year anniversary of EORSA conference series. Since 2008, there have been four international workshops on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications (EORSA). Together, over eight hundreds participants, from more than 20 countries, gathered in Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha, and Guangzhou, respectively, to address the latest researches, and products related to EO and remote sensing technologies and the challenges to future discovery, and to discuss about cooperation and collaboration opportunities. Nearly 400 papers have been published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, in addition to approximately four dozens of articles in IEEE peer-refereed journals and Remote Sensing (MDPI). Many of us, especially young researchers and students have enjoyed special symposia on GEO Global Urban Observation and Information and the “Meeting with Editors” sessions. I, once again, thank all speakers, authors, committee members, reviewers, local organizers, and student volunteers for their continued supports.

As an international platform, EORSA has devoted a decade of efforts to foster Earth Observation and other geospatial technologies in support of environmental, ecosystems, resources, human settlements, and sustainability studies and to exploit the synergies in R&D, applications, education and training, and sharing of data, information and resources. In fact, EORSA has become an important arena for constructive dialogue, cooperation, and collaboration between the scientists and the stakeholders across the Pacific Ocean. The EORSA 2018 will coincide with the Dragon 4 Mid-term Symposium (19 to 22 June 2018) in Xi’an. I hope that this joint event will provide a unique opportunity for the EORSA attendants to interact with researchers and students from the three continents - Asia, America, and Europe, and will enhance the mechanism of EORSA as a coordinator of Earth observations, monitoring, forecasting, and assessment initiatives worldwide.

We plan to continue with the conference traditions and expand with new features. Please join us at EORSA 2018 to present your latest research, to learn from internationally renowned researchers, to network with scientists in academia, business and government worldwide, and to meet with tomorrow’s leaders in Earth Observation and remote sensing.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in Xi'an in June.