Working Groups of ISPRS Commission III

WG III/1 - Thematic Information Extraction

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Xianlian Liang Maria Teresa Melis Brigitte Leblon Serkan Ural
Finnish Geospatial Research Instittute
National Land Survey of Finland
Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research
Academy of Finland
Geodeetinrinne 2, 02431 Masala
TeleGIS Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences
University of Cagliari
51 Trentino St
09127, Cagliari
0039 0706757788
University of New Brunswick
Room NF 210, P.O. Box 4400,
New Brunswick, E3B 5A3
+1 506-453-4924
+1 506-453-3538
Geomatics Engineering
Hacettepe University
06800 Beytepe


WG III/1 - Terms of Reference:

  • Promote scientific studies of new technologies and methodologies of thematic information extraction with emphases on the diachronic, multi-scale and multi-sensor approaches.
  • Develop data architecture tackling with big data and crowd sourcing data for thematic information and its dynamics
  • Virtual reality for thematic information demonstration
  • Promote the technique transfers through collaboration and networking between universities, research organizations, national space/mapping agencies, and policy makers
  • Promote the education, communication and collaborations through courses, articles and workshops
  • Collaborate with RS National and International forums and organization (GEO, GEOSS, CEOS, etc) and interact with international agencies of environmental research and protection (IPCC, WMO, UNEP, IMD, Mountain Partnership, GLISPA, etc.).

WG III/2 - Microwave Remote Sensing

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Batuhan Osmanoglu Susaki Junichi Zhenhong Li Saygin Abdikan
Biospheric Sciences Laboratory
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
8800 Greenbelt Rd.
Bldg 33 G426
Greenbelt, MD 20771
+ 1 301 614 6690
Geoinformatics Lab.
Graduate School of Engineering
Kyoto University
C1-1-206, Kyotodaigaku-katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
615-8540, JAPAN
+ 81 75 383 3300
+ 81 75 383 3300
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle University
Cassie Building
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
+44 (0) 191 208 5704
Department Geomatics Engineering
Bulent Ecevit University
Incivez district 67100 Zonguldak
+90 3722574070/1718
+90 3722572996


WG III/2 - Terms of Reference:

  • observations of the Earth from air- , space- and ground-borne sensors;
  • Focus on physical modelling of microwave radiation, the analysis of spectral signatures, radar image classification, data fusion, pattern recognition, and quality control;
  • Enhance the applications in monitoring and assessing environment, geohazards, landuse/landcover, nature resources, weather/atmosphere and climate, cryosphere, coastal and ocean, forestry/agricultural and ecosystems/biodiversity;
  • Integrate the global efforts by effective out-reach through data/algorithms sharing and capacity building, cooperates intensively with international professional societies, national space agencies, and alliance with the International Committee On Remote Sensing of Environment (ICORSE).


WG III/3 - SAR-based Surface Generation and Deformation Monitoring

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Uwe Soergel Mattia Crespi Michele Crosetto Bahram Salehi
Institute for Photogrammetry
University Stuttgart
Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 24D
D-70174 Stuttgart
Geodesy and Geomatics Division
Department of Civil, Building, and Environmental Engineering
University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Palazzina di Construzioni Idrauliche e Geodesia - 3° piano, via Eudossiana, 18
00184 Roma
Geomatics Division
Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)
Avinguda Gauss 7
E-08860 – Castelldefels, Barcelona

+34 93 6452900
C-CORE and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Capitan Robert A. Bartlett Building
Morrissey Road
St John's, NL
Canada, A1B 3X5


WG III/3 - Terms of Reference:

  • Generation and accuracy assessment of DEM from SAR imagery
  • Object extraction from InSAR data
  • Differential SAR Interferometry and Persistent Scatterer Interferometry
  • Ground based SAR Interferometry

WG III/4 - Hyperspectral Image Processing

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Eija Honkavaara Konstantinos Karantzalos Baoxin Hu Ilkka Pölönen
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute in National Land Survey of Finland
P.O. Box 84
FI-00521 Helsinki
National Technical University of Athens
Heroon Polytechniou 9
Zographos, 15780
+30 2107721673
+30 2107722594
Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering
Petrie 121
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto ON M3J 1P3
+416 736-2100 ext. 20557
+416 736-5817
University of Jyväskylä
Department of Mathematical Information Technology
P.O. Box 35
FI-40014, University of Jyväskylä
+358 400 248 140


WG III/4 - Terms of Reference:

  • Visible, Ultraviolet, NIR, SWIR and thermal imaging spectroscopy from satellite, aerial, UAV and ground platforms
  • Processing and analysis of 1D signals, 2D images, 3D hypercubes and 4D hyperspectral video datasets
  • Radiometric, atmospheric and geometric calibration/corrections of hyperspectral data
  • Efficient hyperspectral image classification and analysis for the consistent estimation of geo- and bio-physical parameters, mapping and environmental remote sensing
  • Fusion of hyperspectral data, other sensor data (e.g., Lidar, SAR) and a priori information
  • Processing and interpretation of hyperspectral image data from low-cost, miniaturized sensors from UAV and other platforms
  • Detection, classification and tracking of moving objects/phenomena in hyperspectral video sequences
  • Efficient hyperspectral data processing through parallel programming, graphic card implementation and FPGAs

WG III/5 - Information Extraction from LiDAR Intensity Data

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Marco Scaioni Guoqing ZHOU Ana Paula Baungarten Kersting Luigi Barazzetti
Dept. of Architecture, Built Environment, and Construction Engineering
Politecnico Milano
Via Ponzio 31
20133 Milano
+39 02 2399 6515
Guilin University of Technology
12 Jiangan Road
Guilin, Guanxi 541004
+ 86 773 5896073
+ 86 773 589 2786
Teledyne Optech
300 Interchange Way
Vaughan ON
L4K 5Z9 Canada
+ 1 905 660 0808
Dept. of Architecture, Built Environment, and Construction Engineering
Politecnico Milano
Polo Territoriale di Lecco
23900 Lecco
+39 02 2399 8779


WG III/5 - Terms of Reference:

  • Non-topographic applications of LiDAR data
  • Geophysical parameters retrieval
  • Laser intensity-based classification and segmentation
  • Multi-source data synergy exploitation
  • Applications of multi-wavelength LiDAR
  • Processing of full-wave form LiDAR
  • Exploiting intensity data from terrestrial laser scanning sensors
  • Bathymetric LiDAR
  • LiDAR applications to cope with societal challenges 
  • Submission of a proposal to next ISPRS Scientific Initiative
  • Distribution of data sets for testing
  • Strengthening of the relationships with other communities focusing on Remote Sensing (e.g., GEOSS, NEREUS, …)


WG III/6 - Remote Sensing Data Fusion

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Jixian Zhang Wei Yao Anna Brook Xiangguo Lin
National Quality Inspection and Testing Center for Surveying and Mapping Products
International Journal of Image and Data Fusion
Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping
No.28, Lianhuachi West Road, Haidian District
Beijing 100830
+ 86 10 63881816
+ 86 10 63881809
Munich University of Applied Sciences
Department of Geoinformatics
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Karlstrasse 6
D-80333 Munich
+ 49 89 12652632
+ 49 89 12652698
University of Haifa
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Center for Spatial Analysis Research (UHCSISR)
Spectroscopy and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Abba Khoushy Ave 199
3498838, Haifa
+972 (0)4 824 96 12 (Office)
+972 (0)4 824 96 05 (Fax)
Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping
No.28, Lianhuachi West Road, Haidian District
Beijing 100830
+ 86 10 6388 0605
+ 86 10 6388 0535


WG III/6 - Terms of Reference:

  • Pixel, feature and decision level fusion algorithms and methodologies
  • Automatic geometric registration for fusing images with different spatial, spectral, temporal resolutions; phase information; or acquired in different modes
  • Data assimilation
  • Multi-source data fusion based classification and information extraction
  • Multi-modal sensor data fusion
  • Multi-temporal data fusion
  • Image and data mining from multi-platform, multi-source, multi-scale, multi-temporal data sets
  • Data fusion applications in geographic-related fields such as topographic mapping, GIS, forest mapping and natural hazard monitoring, etc.

WG III/7 - Landuse and Landcover Change Detection

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Ammatzia Peled Guido Waldhoff Yongnian Zeng Md. Surabuddin Mondal
University of Haifa, Center for Spatial Information Systems Research (UHCSISR)
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Haifa, 31905
+ 972 48 240148 (o)
University of Cologne
Institute of Geography, GIS & RS
50923 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470 6620
+49 (0)221 470 8838
Central South University,
School of Geosciences and Info-Physics
Center for Spatial Information Technology and Sustainable Development Research
Changsha 410000
+86 13787795922
Bulent Ecevit University
Faculty of Engineering
Dept. of Geomatics Engineering
67100 Zonguldak
090 372 2571936 ttp://


WG III/7 - Terms of Reference:

  • To investigate and enhance algorithms and methodologies for land-use and land-cover change-detection
  • To suggest advanced solutions for monitoring land –cover changes
  • To further the study of the dynamics of land-use and land-cover change in different regions of the world
  • To further the research and investigations into predicting land-use changes
  • To study urban land-use development cycles and changes in rural land-cover and land-use (e.g. Agriculture, forestry, recreation), based on data and information fusion
  • To further the research into automatic updating of spatial data bases
  • To foster investigations and research toward autonomous updating of core spatial data bases using spectral and non-spectral remotely sensed data fused with data and information acquired by other sources.
  • To cooperate with other Geospatial Information societies such as ICA and FIG on Change detection based on remotely sensed data and updating of spatial data bases.

WG III/8 - Atmosphere Remote Sensing and Aerosol

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Lixin WU Nan Hao Pradeep Khatri Kai Qin
School of Environment Science and Spatial Informatics,
China University of Mining & Technology
Nanhu Campus
Xuzhou, 221116, Jiangsu
P.R. China
+ 86 10 62331012
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
82205 Gilching
+49 8153 281477
Center for Oceanic and Atmospheric Studies
Tohoku University
School of Environment Science and Spatial Informatics,
China University of Mining & Technology
Nanhu Campus
Xuzhou, 221116, Jiangsu
P.R. China
+ 86 516 83591306


WG III/8 - Terms of Reference:

  • Development of satellite observations on atmospheric components, aerosol and its dynamic process
  • Development of new models for estimating atmospheric aerosol optical depth and particulate matters (PMs) concentration
  • Development of spatio-temporal methodologies and GIS-based systems for atmospheric environment analysis
  • Evaluation and validation of satellite observations on atmospheric components and PMs concentration
  • Assessment of the impact of urbanization and fossil energy on aerosol and air quality
  • Collaborate with GEO to serve for public affairs and human health with data and maps

WG III/9 - Cryosphere and Hydrosphere

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Rongxing (Ron) Li Beata Csatho Vittorio Barale Gang Qiao
College of Surveying and Geoinformation
Tongji University
1239 Siping Road
CHINA 200092
+ 86 21 65980773
+ 86 21 65985123
Department of Geology
University at Buffalo, SUNY
126 Cooke Hall
Buffalo, NY, 14260-1350
+1 716-645-4325
+ 1 716-645-3999
European Commission
DG Joint Research Centre
Directorate D – Sustainable Resources
Unit D.02 Water and Marine Resources
Office 27 00/32 – T.P. 270, Via E. Fermi 2749, I-21027 Ispra (VA)
+39 0332 789274
+39 0332 789034
College of Surveying and Geoinformation
Tongji University
1239 Siping Road
Shanghai, 200092
+ 86 21 6598640
+ 86 21 65985123


WG III/9 - Terms of Reference:

  • Develop remote sensing data for assimilation in cryospheric and hydrological models
  • Conduct assessment of errors in the retrieval of satellite cryospheric and hydrological parameters
  • Assemble historical records of consistently derived geophysical parameters for studies of changes and trends in the cryosphere and hydrosphere
  • Assess glacier and ice sheet mass loss and relationships to sea level rise
  • Investigate the asymmetry in the changes of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic regions
  • Study trends and changes in albedo at high latitudes and relationships with changes in snow cover and melt patterns
  • Monitor variability and trends in surface temperature and how they affect snow cover, sea ice extent, glaciers and ice sheet volume, soil moisture and the permafrost regions
  • Measure, characterize, understand, and predict the storage and transport of momentum, heat, water (salinity), and greenhouse gases in the ocean and the surface signatures (temperature, salinity, dynamic topography) of the ocean’s response to surface forcing (wind stress, fresh water, turbulent and radiative heat flux) from diurnal to decadal time scales, and from coastal to open oceans
  • Understand the oceans’ role in the changes and interactions amongst the biological, chemical, and energy/water cycles in the oceans and their influence on terrestrial and cryospheric changes
  • Help coordinate present and future remote sensing missions especially those related to ocean, snow/ice, and terrestrial hydrological observations, and provide expertise in the calibration, validation, and dissemination of the resulting data
  • Develop early warning systems for natural disasters like droughts and floods

WG III/10 - Agriculture and Natural Ecosystems Modelling and Monitoring

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Mitsunori Yoshimura Shibendu S. Ray Francesco Pirotti Jaime Hernández Palma
PASCO Research Institute
PASCO Corporation
Meguro-Annex Bldg. 3F, 2-8-10 Higashiyama
Tokyo 153-0043
+ 81 3 3715 4011
+ 81 3 6412 2833
Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre
11012 New Delhi, Near Krishi Vistar Sadan, IARI, Pusa Campus
+ 91 11 2584 3224
Interdepartmental Research Center in Geomatics
Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
University of Padova
Via dell'Università, 16
35020 - Legnaro (PD)
+39 049 827 2710
+39 049 827 2750
Laboratorio de Geomática y Ecología del Paisaje
Facultad de Cs. Forestales y de la Conservación de la Naturaleza
Universidad de Chile
Santa Rosa 11315
La Pintana, Santiago
+56 2 9785873
+56 2 5414952


WG III/10 - Terms of Reference:

  • Development of new methodologies and algorithms for improving the contribution of remote sensing towards knowledges related to agriculture and natural ecosystems
  • Test and assess new remote sensing algorithms for monitoring natural and anthropogenic ecosystems
  • Apply remote sensing for supporting precision agriculture by spectral signature in crops for smart farm management
  • Support climate change studies through remote sensing applications for global and regional scales dynamics monitoring and modelling
  • Collaborate with related academia, researchers, industry and other stakeholders

ICWG III/II - Sensor Modeling for Integrated Orientation and Navigation

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Kaichang DI Jürgen Oberst Irina Karachevtseva Bo Wu
Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth
Chinese Academy of Sciences
PO.Box 9718, Datun Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100101
P.R. China
+ 86 10 64868229
German Aerospace Center
Institute for Planetary Research
Planetary Geodesy
Rutherfordstrasse 2
D-12489 Berlin
+ 49 30 67055 336
+ 49 30 67055 402
Moscow University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK)
MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab)
Gorokhovsky pereulok, 4
105064, Moscow
+7 499 267-35-13
+7 499 267-35-13
Department of Land Surveying & Geo-Informatics
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Hong Kong
+852 2766 4335
+852 2330 2994


ICWG III/II - Terms of Reference:

  • Development of new methodologies and algorithms for sensor calibration, data fusion and information extraction from planetary remote sensing data
  • Development of advanced techniques in planetary photogrammetry and robotic vision for the mapping of celestial bodies
  • Evaluation and refinement of reference systems, coordinate systems, control networks, map sheet definitions, etc. and their standardization
  • Development of spatial information systems to support extra-terrestrial exploration and science
  • Cooperation with related planetary exploration working groups in space agencies and organizations, and liaisons with the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

ICWG III/IVa - Disaster Assessment, Monitoring and Management

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Institut Mines-Telecom - Telecom ParisTech.
Télécom ParisTech - LabSoC, c/o EURECOM
Campus SophiaTech Les Templiers
450 route des Chappes
06410 Biot
+33 (0)4 93 00 84 11
Istanbul Technical University
Department of Geomatics
34469 Ayazaga-Istanbul
+(90) 532 446 4409
Chemnitz University of Technology,
Head of Microwave Eng. and Electromagnetics
+49 37153133168
Chemnitz University of Technology
Microwave Eng. and Electromagnetics
+49 37153133164


ICWG III/IVa - Terms of Reference:

  • Generation of vulnerability and hazard zone maps for different type of disasters, such as forest fire, cyclone, floods, drought, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, landslides etc. and identification & assessment of potential risk zones
  • Integrate remotely sensed observations and communication strategies with enhanced predictive modelling capabilities for disaster detection, early warning, monitoring, damage assessment and response
  • Development of disaster management plans for pre, during and post disaster situations and enhance support for early warning systems, emergency events mitigation and decision making.
  • Collaborate with international bodies such as GEO, JBGIS, ICSU GeoUnions, IRDR
  • Continue to organize Gi4DM Conference series and ISPRS-URSI Special Sessions on Disaster Management during URSI GA’s and ISPRS Congresses.
  • Organise, develop and conduct supporting educational activities (training courses, workshops, webinars, etc.) in the interdisciplinary area of remote sensing and disaster management. The educational activities will contribute to further education and professional development of both experienced and early-stage remote sensing scientists and engineers.

ICWG III/IVb - Remote Sensing Data Quality

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ICWG III/IVc - Environment and Health

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 Chair Co-Chair Co-Chair Secretary
Fazlay S. Faruque Yves M. Tourre Muralikrishna V. Iyyanki John B. Malone
Department of Preventive Medicine, GIS & Remote Sensing Program
University of Mississippi Medical Ctr
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39215
+1 601 814 4993
Anewworld and CNES
21 Bd. Lazare Carnot
31000 Toulouse
+33 53161 7200
Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
Flat 201, Block 4, SMR Acropolis Apt, White field
Kothaguda, Hyderabad 500082
+91 984 804 9624
College of Veterinary Medicine
Pathobiological Sciences
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
+1 225 578 9692


ICWG III/IVc - Terms of Reference:

  • Review the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) mandate, activities and plan that relate to human health.
  • Advance knowledge in Remote Sensing and other geospatial technologies for applications in Tele-epidemiology.
  • Develop a white paper for clinicians documenting the capability of Remote Sensing and other geospatial technologies in capturing environmental variables to incorporate into clinical practices as a disease risk factor.
  • Bridge the geospatial science, Earth science and health science communities to explore interdisciplinary collaborations to improve our overall health and well-being.
  • Develop two expert groups: 1) Remote Sensing and geospatial technology applications in estimating environmental exposure risk factor for clinical practices and 2) Remote Sensing and geospatial technology applications in ecosystem, climate change and variability, and public health studies.
  • Advance knowledge in estimating allergen abundance.
  • Review current applications of tools, such as, machine learning, in estimating air pollutants using remotely sensed and other data.
  • Contribute to the GEOSS open access public health data resource.