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with Relays: 39th Annual EARSeL Symposium
1. July 2019 - 4. July 2019
Satellite image processing used to be digital from early on. Still, since digital image processing of Landsat imagery started in the early 1970ies, the workflows used to bear a significant share of ‘manual’ data manipulation, including storage, pre-processing, and supervised classification. Only today, with heavily increased computing power, cloud storage and processing systems, as well as automated information extraction, the workflows experience disruptive changes which both the scientific community and the Earth observation service industry have to cope with.
But ‘digital’ refers to more than an increased level of workflow automation. In fact it encompasses the greater societal and technological transformations we are facing in the way how massive (‘big’) data, including satellite-borne data, is being conditioned, exploited and combined with other big data sources, and delivered in near real-time to users in highly integrated information products.
170 international researchers and students working in the field of remote sensing and digital earth were joining the Symposium. Participants shared their research results in the fields of big data, machine learning, citizen science, education, natural resources, SDGs and Copernicus-related topics. High-end keynotes and invited talks as well as a panel discussion with representatives of United Nations, Copernicus Academy and ESA completed the conference. Young students had the possibility to meet at the joung researchers corner with the Head of Earth Observation Programme, ESA and Summer School participants got the chance to present their outcomes at a dedicated session. Finally social events gave the opportunity to meet and discuss with different stakeholder! CopHub.AC –co-organizing the Symposium- was presented with 1 poster and 2 oral presentations in the Copernicus Sessions.