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Pecora 21 and the 38th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE-30)

When: October 6-11, 2019

Where: Baltimore, Maryland



Email: Jesslyn Brown, USGS; Martha Anderson, USDA


The ongoing maturing of Earth observation programs, driven by an expanding demand for continuous, objective Earth measurements and enabled by advances in computing and data processing algorithms, along with data policies that democratize access to remotely sensed data, has resulted in a new generation of Earth observation science and applications activities. This new era is dramatically improving our ability to use satellite data to address problems continuously over time and space. With a goal to improve our understanding of a changing Earth, monitoring programs are increasingly able to provide information to decision makers that are not only locally relevant but also globally consistent – in near real time and at any historical point in our Earth observation records. We are now in an era where our focus is on change and dynamic processes rather than one-time static measurements. This powerful advance is leading to richer, more accurate, and more frequent measurements of key Earth system properties and processes and human development patterns, which ultimately provides information needed for informed natural resources management, policy-relevant decision making, and ultimately objective scientific discourse and understanding.


Continuous monitoring of the Earth involves the integration and analysis of both historical and contemporary remotely sensed imagery. It occurs across spatial and temporal scales, measurement objectives, and embraces multiple methodologies. The joint meeting of the 21st William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium (Pecora 21) and the 38th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE 38), which will convene in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from October 6 – 11, 2019, focuses on all aspects of Earth observation, from sensors to decisions.