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Information from imagery: ISPRS scientific vision and research agenda

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With the increased availability of very high-resolution satellite imagery, terrain based imaging and participatory sensing, inexpensive platforms, and advanced information and communication technologies, the application of imagery is now ubiquitous, playing an important role in many aspects of life and work today. As a leading organisation in this field, the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) has been devoted to effectively and efficiently obtaining and utilizing information from imagery since its foundation in the year 1910. This paper examines the significant challenges currently facing ISPRS and its communities, such as providing high-quality information, enabling advanced geospatial computing, and supporting collaborative problem solving. The state-of-the-art in ISPRS related research and development is reviewed and the trends and topics for future work are identified. By providing an overarching scientific vision and research agenda, we hope to call on and mobilize all ISPRS scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders to continue improving our understanding and capacity on information from imagery and to deliver advanced geospatial knowledge that enables humankind to better deal with the challenges ahead, posed for example by global change, ubiquitous sensing, and a demand for real-time information generation.

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Author(s): Chen J, Dowman I, Li Z, Li S, Madden M, Mills J, Paparoditis N, Rottensteiner F, Sester M, Toth C, Trinder J, Heipke C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Year: 2016

Volume: 115

Pages: 3-21

Print publication date: 01/05/2016

Online publication date: 09/10/2015

Acceptance date: 21/09/2015

Date deposited: 06/10/2015

ISSN (print): 0924-2716

ISSN (electronic): 1872-8235

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2015.09.008


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