Remote sensing will contribute more to mainstream science.

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) announced its application for full Union membership in the International Council for Science (ICSU) was approved at the 27th ICSU General Assembly, granting ISPRS status as a full Scientific Union Member.

Professor John Trinder, President of ISPRS, said "ICSU addresses major international, interdisciplinary issues typically beyond the scope of individual organizations. In deciding to become a full Union Member of ICSU, we saw opportunities to help our members participate in cross-disciplinary activities and research programs. In particular, we believe that many aspects of scientific research will be enhanced by inputs from remote sensing. And similarly, our remote sensing research will contribute more to sustainable development when it is enhanced by, for example, the expertise of biologists who understand the possible causes and impacts of the vegetation stress we detect and map via remote sensing."

ICSU, founded in 1931, represents a global membership including 27 international scientific unions and 101 national scientific academies. ICSU established the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) in 1986 to help develop the knowledge needed for global sustainability. In 1996, ICSU became one of the five sponsors of DIVERSITAS, a biodiversity research program.

Professor Trinder added, "By joining ICSU, we give our members greater opportunity to participate in programs like IGBP and DIVERSITAS. We also see ICSU membership as a way to increase the recognition by mainstream science of the work done by our members."

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