Working Groups of ISPRS Commission III
WORKING GROUPS of ISPRS COMMISSION III
- WG III/1 - Remote Sensing Data Processing and Understanding
- WG III/2 - Spectral and Thermal Data Processing and Analytics
- WG III/3 - Active Microwave Remote Sensing
- WG III/4 - Landuse and Landcover Change Detection
- WG III/5 - Remote Sensing and Inclusive Development to Leave No One Behind
- WG III/6 - Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
- WG III/7 - Remote Sensing of the Hydrosphere and Cryosphere
- WG III/8 - Remote Sensing for Agricultural and Natural Ecosystems
- WG III/9 - Geospatial Environment and Health Analytics
INTERCOMMISSION WGs of ISPRS COMMISSION III
- ICWG III/II - Planetary Remote Sensing and Mapping
- ICWG III/IVa - Disaster Management
- ICWG III/IVb - Remote Sensing Data Quality
WG III/1 - Remote Sensing Data Processing and Understanding
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/wg1
Maria Teresa Melis
Via Università 40
2181 Samuel J. LeFrak Hall
7251 Preinkert Drive
College Park, MD 20742
WG III/1 Terms of Reference
- Promote scientific studies of Remote Sensing Data Processing and Understanding with emphases on the collection of multi-scale/-platform/-sensor imagery and point cloud data, the intelligent algorithms for data fusion, and the AI and machine learning algorithms for feature extraction.
- Improve quantitative understandings on the state-of-the-art of Remote Sensing Data Processing procedures and algorithms in international communities.
- Encourage technique transfers of Remote Sensing Data Processing and Understanding technologies among research institutions, national space/mapping agencies and policy makers.
- Enhance educations through lectures, articles, reports, summer schools and workshops in the field of Remote Sensing Data Processing and Understanding
- Establish research collaborations through networking and communication among universities and research organizations regarding the Remote Sensing Data Processing and Understanding
- Collaborate with National and International forums and organization and interact with international research community (IEEE, EU, etc.) to promote the scientific studies and applications of Remote Sensing Data Processing and Understanding
WG III/2 - Spectral and Thermal Data Processing and Analytics
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/wg2
National Technical University of Athens
Heroon Polytechniou 9,
Center for Spatial Analysis Research (UHCSISR)
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
University of Haifa
Abba Khoushy Ave 199
18 Avenue Edouard Belin
31401 TOULOUSE CEDEX 9
Faculty of Information Technology
WG III/2 Terms of Reference
- Visible, Ultraviolet, NIR, SWIR and Thermal imaging spectroscopy from satellite, aerial, UAV, terrestrial and marine acquisition platforms.
- Processing and analysis of 1D signals, 2D images, 3D hyperspectral cubes and 4D spectral video datasets.
- Radiometric, atmospheric and geometric calibration/corrections of spectral and thermal data.
- Fusion and Harmonization of spectral/thermal data with other modalities (e.g., Lidar, SAR, Acoustic), a priori information and multitemporal data.
- Processing and interpretation of spectral/hyperspectral data from low-cost, miniaturized sensors from autonomous robots and other platforms.
- Detection, classification and tracking of moving objects/targets/phenomena/behavior in spectral/thermal timeseries and video sequences.
- Efficient spectral/hyperspectral data processing through parallel programming, graphic card implementation and FPGAs
- Efficient thermal/spectral/hyperspectral image classification and analysis for the consistent estimation of geo- and bio-physical parameters, mapping, vegetation analysis in agriculture, forestry, environmental remote sensing, safety and security, engineering applications
- Assess and demonstrate the potential of future or new spectral and thermal systems
WG III/3 - Active Microwave Remote Sensing
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/wg3
Nishikyo-ku Kyoto 615-8540
19 place Marguerite Perey
91 120 Palaiseau
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Suez Canal University
New Campus Kilo 4.5
Münchener Str. 20
Department of Geomatics Engineering
Artvin Coruh University
National Council Research of Italy (CNR)
Institute for Electromagnetic Sesning of Environment (IREA)
Via Diocleziano 328
Beed 431122 (MS)
Sapienza School for Advanced Studies
Sapienza University of Rome
via Eudossiana, 18
WG III/3 Terms of Reference
- Promote advanced research, engineering development, and operational use of theories, methods, systems for the analysis of remotely sensed active microwave observations of the Earth from air-, space- and ground-borne sensors.
- Promote image and signal processing methods for synthetic aperture radar (based on polarimetry, interferometry, tomography etc.) and altimeter.
- Assess and demonstrate the potential of future or new radar systems
- Focus on physical modelling of microwave scattering, geometric analysis of SAR images (i.e. radargrammetry, coregistration etc.), the analysis of spectral signatures, radar image classification, data fusion, pattern recognition, machine learning/deep learning tailored to SAR data and quality control.
- Enhance the applications in generating digital elevation model (DEM), monitoring land deformation, and assessing environment, geohazards, landuse/landcover including urban areas, nature resources, weather/atmosphere and climate, cryosphere, coastal and ocean, forestry/agricultural and ecosystems/biodiversity.
- Contribute to effective out-reach through data/algorithms sharing and capacity building, cooperate intensively with international professional societies, space agencies, application-driven scientific communities and the International Committee On Remote Sensing of Environment (ICORSE).
- Collaborate with the corresponding WG of Commission 1 to promote the development of new processing algorithms in the design of future sensors or their ground segment
WG III/4 - Landuse and Landcover Change Detection
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/wg4
Divisão de Observação da Terra e Geoinformática - DIOTG
Avenida dos Astronautas, 1758
122270010 - São José dos Campos (SP)
Patricia Wanjiku Mwangi
Department of Spatial & Environmental Planning
School of Geography
Seminary St, Woodhouse
Leeds LS2 9JT
Universidade Federal do Pará
Instituto de Geociências / PPGCA
R. Augusto Corrêa, 01 - Guamá,
66075-110 Belém (PA)
WG III/4 Terms of Reference
- Investigate and enhance algorithms and methodologies for land-use and land-cover change mapping and/or detection.
- Further the study of remote sensing time series for land-use and land-cover changes.
- Suggest advanced solutions based on deep learning, dynamic modeling, artificial intelligence, etc. for monitoring and analyzing land-use and land-cover changes, including the context of big data.
- Further the study of the dynamics of land-use and land-cover change in different regions of the world.
- Further the research and investigations into predicting land-use and land-cover changes
- Study urban land-use development cycles and changes in rural land-use and land-cover (e.g. agriculture, forestry, recreation), based on data and information fusion.
- Foster investigations and research toward autonomous or automatic updating of spatial data bases, including using spectral and non-spectral remotely sensed data fused with data and information acquired by other sources.
- Cooperate with other Geospatial Information societies such as GEO, ICA, and FIG on Change detection based on remotely sensed data and updating of spatial data bases.
WG III/5 - Remote Sensing and Inclusive Development to Leave No One Behind
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/wg5
Antonio Miguel Vieira Monteiro
Av. dos Astronautas, 1758
Predio Sere I, room 42 Jd. da Granja
12227-010 - São José dos Campos
Gary R Watmough
University of Edinburgh
Surgeons Square, EH8 9XP
223 62, Lund
Av. dos Astronautas, 1758
Jardim da Granja
São José dos Campos - SP
WG III/5 Terms of Reference
- Promote scientific and technical studies that make new uses of old and new remote sensing data/databases in the context of producing new information in support of the design of social, economic and environmental integrated development strategies with emphases on multi-scale , multi-sensor and integrative approaches.
- Promote debate on importante epistemological issues such:.
- How can we add value beyond what social scientists would call "simple measures"? That translates into questions of integrating rich data collections (Remote Sensing) with scarce data (household data) but also translational issues in domain knowledge and in models assumptions.
- In spite of extraordinary achievements over the last decade from working with machine learning and RS there are few downstream applications in the study of economic livelihoods. Different epistemological grounds are some of the reasons to observed compartmentalization.
- Develop new methods, techniques and methodologies for integrating remote sensing derived data with demographic, economic, health and environmental databases. Studies for their systematization and proposals for their standardization.
- Study the use of remote sensing data in quali-quantitative approachs enhacing the field of mixed methods in social science research.
- Promote debate on how these new developments can all be integrated to create a more appropriate set of methods for semi transferable approaches which may then help to increase the take up of EO in policy as well as encourage more policy/decision makers to understand the outputs from the models
- Test and assess the quality of global remote sensing derived gridded databases on population, human settlements and poverty in regional/local settings.
- Apply remote sensing to vulnerability assessment of socioecological systems
- Foster research towards remote sensing new missions oriented to the UNO- no one left behind agenda.
- Open the dabate on data policies, privacy issues and data access related to remote sensing data in social science contexts.
- Foster the cooperation with other societies such IUSSP-International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and organisations such UNDP–United Nation Developing Program, UNFPA-United Nations Population Fund, UNO-HABITAT, UN-Habitat, WHO- World Health Organization with its Regional Offices in Africa, Americas Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, South-East Asia, Western Pacific.
WG III/6 - Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/wg6
Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC), France
61 Av. Général de Gaulle 94010 Créteil
Contrada S. Loja snc
85050 Tito Scalo (PZ)
WG III/6 Terms of Reference
- Develop remote sensing observations (from satellite, ground-based and airborne) of aerosols, pollutant and greenhouse gasses and clouds, relevant for air quality and climate evolution.
- Improve existing and develop new retrieval approaches for deriving atmospheric properties from measurements of radiometers, spectrometers, lidars, radars, etc from satellite, ground-based and airborne platforms.
- Develop novel satellite-based methodologies for inferring new atmospheric data products, such as surface concentrations of air pollutants (PM, O3, NO2, etc).
- Evaluate and validate satellite observations of atmospheric components by ground-based measurements and networks (AERONET, ACTRIS, TCOON, NDACC, etc).
- Improve the quality of satellite observations by making metrology and laboratory spectroscopy working groups aware of the needs of the atmospheric remote sensing community.
- Promote the applications of remote sensing data in chemistry-transport model communities, and develop data assimilation schemes and multi-instrument joint retrievals, thereby supporting better predictions and emission inventories.
WG III/7 - Remote Sensing of the Hydrosphere and Cryosphere
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/wg7
Praveen Kumar Thakur
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing
Indian Space Research Organisation
4, Kalidas Road
Dehradun - 248 001, Uttarakhand
College of Arts and Sciences
University at Buffalo, SUNY
126 Cooke Hall
Buffalo, NY, 14260-1350
Géosciences Environnement Toulouse
Institute of Geosciences / University of Brasília
Amita V. Mehta
Via Madonna Alta 126
Praveen Kumar Gupta
Indian Space Research Organisation
Ambawadi Vistar P.O
Ahmedabad - 380015
WG III/7 Terms of Reference
- Develop remote sensing data for assimilation in hydrological and cryospheric models.
- Contribute to error assessment in the retrieval of satellite based hydrological and cryospheric parameters.
- Assemble historical records of consistent essential climate variable for studies of changes and trends in the hydrosphere and cryosphere.
- Assess glacier and ice sheet mass loss and relationships to sea level rise with consideration of thermal expansion, tectonic causes and other factors.
- 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, and the permafrost regions.
- 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.
- Understand hydrological extremes (floods and drought) using multi-sensor remote sensing inputs and develop techniques for early warning system
- Study the atmosphere-land surface interactions for better hydrological processes understanding
- Develop strategies for proper water resources management and utilization under changing climate, land use land cover, and management practices.
Monitor water quality and quantity; and assess future water availability
- Highlight the role of advanced/upcoming remote sensing satellite sensor (Microwave/Hyperspectral/Thermal/Gravity etc.) for hydrological and cryosphere studies
- Address sustainable development goals – Climate Action; Zero Hunger; Clean Water and Sanitation using geospatial tools
- Contribute to capacity building in the field of remote sensing applications for cryosphere and hydrosphere
WG III/8 - Remote Sensing for Agricultural and Natural Ecosystems
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/wg8
Interdepartmental Research Center in Geomatics, Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Via dell'Università, 16
35020 - Legnaro (PD)
Institute of Agriclurure, Division of Environmental and Agriclutural Engineering
Jaime Hernandez Palma
Forestales y de la Conservación de la Naturaleza
Universidad de Chile
Santa Rosa 11315
WG III/8 Terms of Reference
- Develop new methodologies and algorithms for improving the contribution of remote sensing towards knowledge 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.
- Promote remote sensing methods for monitoring the health of natural ecosystems and their role as providers of ecosystem services that benefit society.
- Support climate change studies through remote sensing applications for global and regional scales dynamics monitoring and modelling.
- Provide solutions to support global initiatives related to protecting important ecosystems such as wetlands, mangroves, tropical forests etc.
- Collaborate with related academia, researchers, industry and other stakeholders
- Promote networking with other societies that touch synergistic aspects to the WG's topic
- Foster creating and sharing of Open Datasets for remote sensing data related to the WG's topics
WG III/9 - Geospatial Environment and Health Analytics
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/wg9
Muralikrishna V. Iyyanki
D 603, AE Tower
Sheikhpet Old Bombay Road
School of Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS)
Maged N. Kamel Boulos
University of Lisbon
Rm 74, Edifício Egas Moniz
Av. Prof. Egas Moniz
Box 837 Fort Portal
Lecture Theatre Building (First Floor)
University of Dhaka
WG III/9 Terms of Reference
- Facilitate the development of region- or site-specific GIS platforms to promote and integrate spatial analysis skills
- Promote the use of remote sensing and other geospatial technologies to address health problems related to hydrology, land cover, epidemiology etc. to understand pandemics like COVID 19 and implement multi-diseases surveillance.
- Contribute significantly to the creation of operational and research workforce with adequate knowledge in the state of art tools of geospatial technology like GeoAI, environmental data visualization and management etc., through faculty development workshops spread over various regions of developing world viz., Asia, South America, Africa.
- Support international agencies such as GEOSS, World Health Organisation (WHO) and other UN bodies to promote advancement of knowledge in Remote Sensing and other geospatial technologies for applications in Tele-epidemiology and precision medicine in the context of climate change
- Promote research and development of geospatial public health management systems for possible interventions by authorities
- Promote the use of GIS software tools to form hospital marketing strategies and develop programs for promotion of geospatial technology business models by integrating open innovation, design thinking and lean management principles.
ICWG III/II - Planetary Remote Sensing and Mapping
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/icwg-3-2
Department of Land Surveying & Geo-Informatics
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-3603
Moscow University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK)
Gorokhovsky pereulok, 4
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
PO.Box 9718, Datun Road, Chaoyang District
Institute for Planetary Research
D - 12489 Berlin
ICWG III/II Terms of Reference
- Develop new methodologies and algorithms for sensor calibration, data fusion and information extraction from planetary remote sensing data
- Develop advanced techniques in planetary photogrammetry and robotic vision for the mapping of celestial bodies
- Evaluate and refine reference systems, coordinate systems, control networks, map sheet definitions, etc. and their standardization
- Develop new algorithms for detection and recognition of geomorphological features on planetary surfaces and study their scientific implications
- Develop spatial information systems to support extra-terrestrial exploration and science
- Cooperate with related planetary mapping and exploration working groups in space agencies and international organizations
ICWG III/IVa - Disaster Management
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/icwg-3-4a
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Canada N2L 3G1
Geomatics Engineering Faculty
K.N. Toosi University of Technology
Fabiola D. Yépez-Rincón
Calle Pedro de Alba s/n
Centro, C.P. 64000
San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L.
Fabio Giulio Tonolo
Politecnico di Torino
Viale Mattioli, 39
Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Photogrammetry and Image Analysis
Geomatics Engineering Faculty
K.N. Toosi University of Technology
Tehran 15433- 19967
Vidhya Lakshmi Sivakumar
Saveetha School of Engineering
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences
India, Pin 602105
Syed Mohd. Asghar Rizvi
H.No. 4/1175 -003A-Zone-01
New S.S. Nagar
Civil Line Dodhpur
Judith Ley García
3er. Piso Unidad Universitaria
Blvd. Benito Juárez s/n
Mexicali B.C. México
Former UN-GGIM Coordinator
International Freelance Consultant
New York Area
University of Toronto
College of Science
Sultan Qaboos University
P.O. Box 471, PC: 123, Al-Khodh
Sultanate of Oman
ICWG III/IVa Terms of Reference
Help bring partners, governments, and communities together to reduce disaster risk and loss exploiting remote sensing data and geospatial information; and to help ensure a safer, more sustainable future by sharing knowledge with policymakers and decision-makers.
Promote the advancement and research of the state-of-the-art GeoAI techniques for disaster management and disaster resilience, including machine learning, deep learning, cloud computing, knowledge graphs, early warning systems, monitoring, preparedness, algorithmic data analytics, and algorithms for human detection from earth observations and UAVs/MAVs images and videos, Geo Apps (applications), and so on
Investigate a new generation of technologies and their integrated systems for disaster response, modelling, and mapping.
Look into the use of geoinformatics in risk communication and strategies, such as data sharing, public engagement and participation, and social media.
Investigate natural hazards & disaster simulation and multi-dimensional visualization, including numerical simulation, pre-during-and-post disaster and damage assessment & response, vulnerability and risk estimation, risk mapping, and 2D/3D digital representation.
Explore extended reality applications in disasters, including scalability, localization, immersive analysis, and human injured detection from drone images.
Investigate disaster information extraction and monitoring, including disaster environment, infrastructure and critical assets, public awareness, and how geographic decision support systems may help with disaster management and risk reduction.
Organise technical events. For example, in the interdisciplinary field of remote sensing and disaster management, organise, develop, and conduct supporting educational activities (training courses, workshops, webinars, etc.). The educational activities will contribute to advance the education and professional development of both seasoned and early-stage remote sensing scientists and engineers.
Contribute to open access datasets (e.g. UAV image datasets of flood) and to conduct International Disaster Challenges competitions for good GeoAI disaster ideas, including algorithms, App designs, etc.
Organize an online catalog of initiatives, remote sensing data and platforms, APIs, SaaS, toolkits, and courses relevant and applicable in the disaster management cycle.
Collaborate with other WGs and ICA, FIG, UN-GGIM, UN-Open GIS, and IEEEGRSS, GEO, JBGIS, ICSU GeoUnions, IRDR.
Develop advanced algorithms for detecting humans post-disaster and rescue using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) images.
ICWG III/IVb - Remote Sensing Data Quality
Home Page: http://www.commission3.isprs.org/icwg-3-4b
Hussein M. Abdulmuttalib
P.O. Box 67
United Arab Emirates
Paris Lodron University Salzburg
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Műegyetem rkp. 3
ICWG III/IVb Terms of Reference
- Assess and report the status of scientific development and applied practices, related to Remote Sensing Data Quality, and suggest related development plans, research works, collaborations, and activities.
- Cooperate with sister commissions/societies and WGs involved fully/partially with data quality, to assist in the further improvements of Remote Sensing Data Quality Standards and Protocols, and to promote their implementations worldwide.
- Liaise with WG IV/2 "Spatial Analysis, Spatial Statistics, Uncertainty Modeling, and Artificial Intelligence" aiming the advent of Geospatial quality in all areas of common interest.
- Conduct a theme-wise and approach-wise Inventory and classification of the elements of Remote Sensing Data Quality.
- Encourage and support scientific works that deal with the improvement of remote sensing data quality processes and workflows.
- Clarify and regulate the effects of error propagation due to acquisition, referencing, storing and archiving, processing, analyzing, reporting and other operations related to remotely sensed data, and assess the impact of different types of degraded input image quality on the application outputs.
- Clarify the quality aspects of Remote Sensing spatial data operations, resulting and inherited from raster or vector-raster operations, such as but not limited to pixel processing, segmentation, classification including deep learning, object base image analysis, image sensitivity analysis, etc.
- Encourage studying the reliability and quality measures of Remote Sensing data, in relation to the different application areas that encounter remote sensing, such as environmental monitoring and sustainability, urban planning, city smartness and quality of life, also humanitarian projects for the developing world among other areas of application.
- Assess Remote Sensing Data Quality with respect to the usage of automated major signatures of the electromagnetic spectral different phases, as much as the relations of the type to the sensors used and the area of application, coverage, visits. Sensor positions, sky clearness, etc.
- Cooperate with ISPRS Sensor Systems Commission to clarify the Remote Sensing Data Quality aspects inherited from Multispectral optical and hyperspectral sensing, Lidar, SAR microwave sensing, and their operations such as calibration and validation, orientation, navigation, Multi-sensor integration and fusion, mobile mapping, error due to cryospheric and hydrological parameters, pattern analysis, disaster assessment, and health among others.
- Organize discussion forums to investigate and thus report the aspects of Remote Sensing Data Quality for the different major areas of applications such as Meteorology, Landuse/Landcover change detection, mobile mapping, atmosphere and air quality, environmental monitoring, and agricultural mapping.
- Revise the advancements in the Quality of sub-data products, including DTMs/DSMs or DEMs, and how that affects the production, and analysis of further products, such as 3D/4D modeling and surface-based analysis.
- Initiate discussions with WGs III/1-2-3 among others to harmonize activities related to quality aspects of their specific areas of expertise.