Redlands, California-September 4, 2008-More than 200 attendees listened to a wide range of speakers discuss how remotely sensed data has been used successfully at their organizations-as well as what challenges the industry faces in the future-at the inaugural Remote Sensing and GIS Summit held in conjunction with the 2008 ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California, this past August.
Keynote speaker Dr. Bradley Doorn, remote-sensing program manager at
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), discussed the importance of
focusing on end users' needs when exploiting raster imagery. Working with the
USDA to monitor the world's food supply, Doorn has made the information derived
from remotely sensed
data a key economic indicator for global crop analysis. "The data is
perfect for deriving valuable information for this as well as other
industries," he explained, "due to its timeliness, reliability,
objectivity, accuracy, global nature, and efficiency."
This sentiment wove through the remainder of the user presentations
during the day, which included addresses from Berik Davies, global GIS and
spatial coordinator at Shell International Exploration and Production, and Dr.
David Zilkoski, director, National Geodetic Survey, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Dr. Devendra Pandy, director general with the Forest Survey of India,
provided a powerful case study of remotely sensed data use by discussing India's management of forests including using
the imagery to legally combat encroachers and accurately inventory India's
Presentations by key ESRI staff, including Dr. David Maguire, chief
scientist, and Peter Becker, imagery product manager, rounded out the day with
in-depth information sharing with attendees on how to integrate an effective
workflow with imagery including solutions for data collection, management, production,
and exploitation of the data. "ESRI's solutions help organizations realize
the value of imagery," says Mark Cygan, map, chart, and data
production and spatial data infrastructure (SDI) industry
manager, ESRI. "The fact that remotely sensed data is the primary source
for many agencies in their geospatial production and maintenance makes it very
important that we come together and explore the best ways to utilize such an
important data type."
The last session of the day was an informative panel discussion led by
publisher/managing editor of Imaging
Notes magazine, Myrna James Yoo. The panel consisted of top vendors in the
remote-sensing arena as they presented their visions for improving access to
imagery and what the future holds for the data. Panel presenters from GeoEye,
ITT VIS, BAE Systems, DigitalGlobe, ESRI Canada Limited representing PurVIEW,
Overwatch, and ESRI were on hand to answer questions from Myrna and the
For more information about the Remote Sensing and GIS Summit, as well
as the concurrently held 2008 ESRI International User Conference, visit
remote.html. To learn more, contact Mark Cygan at 909-793-2853,
extension 1-2333, or e-mail mcygan@esri.
Imagery Users Create Community at the ESRI Remote Sensing and GIS Summit
September 5, 2008