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Invitation to IGARSS 2016 in Beijing

Co-hosted by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and the National Space Science Center, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2016) will be held from 10th to 15th July, 2016, at the National Convention Center in Beijing, China.

The theme of the Congress is “Advancing the Understanding of Our Living Planet”, by which we want to stress the physical insights in Remote Sensing. Technical papers on this theme will be accepted and specially acknowledged. Other papers in all fields of Remote Sensing will also be welcome. We look forward to meeting you and talking to you in Beijing during IGARSS 2016.

IGARSS 2016 will include keynote speakers and special sessions dedicated to the “Understanding” theme. A full range of remote sensing and geoscience topics are welcome. In addition to this, the following special themes will also be addressed during the IGARSS 2016:

ST1.1Global Change Study
ST1.2Natural Hazards and Environmental Pollution
ST1.3Big Data in Geoscience
ST1.4Interdisciplinary Topics


Authors who wish to give a presentation are requested to submit an abstract (minimum of two pages; maximum of four pages) following the instructions and template available at the Paper/Abstract Submission section of

Submission Deadline: January 8, 2016

Abstracts can be submitted on-line at between November 20, 2015 and January 8, 2016. Results of the review process will be available on-line by April 8, 2016.

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Technical Programme

IGARSS is a premier event in remote sensing and provides an ideal forum for obtaining up-to-date information about the latest developments, exchanging ideas, identifying future trends, and making networking with the international geoscience and remote sensing community. The IGARSS 2016 technical program will include the following themes:

AData Analysis Methods (Optical, Multispectral,Hyperspectral, SAR)
A.1Electromagnetic Modelling
A.2SAR Interferometry: Along and Across
A.3Differential SAR Interferometry
A.4SAR Imaging Techniques
A.6Bistatic and digital beamforming SAR
A.7Tomography and 3D mapping
A.8Subsurface Sensing / Ground Penetrating Radar
A.9Feature Extraction and Reduction
A.10Image Segmentation
A.11Object Detection and Recognition
A.12Classification and Clustering
A.13Estimation and Regression
A.14Change Detection and Multi-Temporal Analysis
A.15Target Detection and Unmixing
A.16Image and Data Fusion
A.17Geographic Information Science
CCryosphere Applications
C.1Snow Cover
C.2Ice Sheets and Glaciers
C.3Sea Ice
DData Management and Education
D.1Data Management and Systems
D.2Remote Sensing Data and Policy Decisions
D.3Education and Remote Sensing
LLand Applications
L.1Land Use Applications
L.2Land Cover Dynamics
L.3Forest and Vegetation: Application and Modelling
L.4Forest and Vegetation: Biomass and Carbon Cycle
L.6Urban and Built Environment
L.7Topography, Geology and Geomorphology
L.8Soils and Soil Moisture
L.10Inland Waters
MAtmosphere Applications
M.1Precipitation and Clouds
M.2Numerical Weather Prediction and Data Assimilation
M.3Atmospheric Sounding
M.4Aerosols and Atmospheric Chemistry
OOcean Applications
O.1Ocean Biology (Color) and Water Quality
O.2Ocean Surface Winds and Currents
O.3Ocean Temperature and Salinity
O.4Coastal Zones
O.5Ocean Altimetry
SMission, Sensors and Calibration
S.1Satellite Missions
S.2Small Satellite Technology
S.3SAR Instrument and Calibration
S.4Scatterometer, Cloud and Rain Radar
S.5Microwave Radiometer Instruments and Calibration
S.6GNSS-R Sensors
S.7Lidar Sensors
S.8Passive Optical, Hyperspectral Sensors and Calibration
S.9UAV and Airborne Platforms
S.10Ground based Systems

Student prize competition

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing student members are invited to submit a paper to the IGARSS Student Prize Paper Competition. The selection of the finalist papers will be done by a committee of experts and the selected students will present their papers during a special session at the symposium.

Publication of proceedings

Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings on IEEE Explore only if presented at the Symposium by one of the listed authors duly registered.

Important Dates

Invited Session Proposal DeadlineOctober 9, 2015
Invited Session NotificationNovember 16, 2015
Abstract Submission System AvailableNovember 20, 2015
Tutorial Proposal DeadlineNovember 18, 2015
Tutorial NotificationDecember 18, 2015
Abstract DeadlineJanuary 8, 2016
Travel Support Application DeadlineJanuary 8, 2016
Student Paper Competition DeadlineJanuary 8, 2016
Abstract Status Available On-lineApril 8,2016
Registration OpensApril 11, 2016
Early Registration DeadlineMay 20, 2016
On-line Registration DeadlineJuly 1, 2016
Full Paper Submission DeadlineMay 20, 2016
IGARSS 2016July 10–15, 2016

About Beijing

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s center for politics, culture, international exchanges and technological innovation. Situated in the north of the North China Plain, Beijing (39°56’N 116°20’E) is surrounded by mountains on three sides and enjoys four distinct seasons. The Municipality covers an area of 16,410.54 km2, with 16 districts and counties.

As a world-famous historical and cultural city, Beijing boasts a history of over 3,000 years as an established city and 860 years as the capital of China. It is home to numerous historical sites and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, all of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritages. Traditional local art performances and crafts, such as Peking Opera and Cloisonné, are also renowned throughout the world.