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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

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Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

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EUCENTRE Hosts the Sixth International Workshop on Remote Sensing

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Participants pose in front of the high-tech EUCENTRE

Over 40 remote sensing and GIS researchers and industry professionals gathered at the EUCENTRE, located at the University of Pavia, for the Sixth International Workshop on Remote Sensing for Disaster Response. Held September 11-12, 2008 and hosted by Professor Paolo Gamba of the University of Pavia, the workshop was the latest annual installment in a series that began in 2003.

Following welcoming remarks by the University of Pavia’s Gamba and EUCENTRE director Michel Calvi, Ronald Eguchi, team leader of MCEER’s Remote Sensing Institute, introduced participants to the newly-launched Virtual Disaster Viewer (VDV). The VDV was sponsored by MCEER in collaboration with EERI, EPICentre at University College London, the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team.

Invited speaker Adina Gillespie, University College London, presented “The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters.” A discussion chaired by ImageCat’s Beverley Adams followed, examining constraints and opportunities for the academic community and other value-adding service providers in accessing data provided by the Charter.

The two-day event featured cutting edge research presented using EUCENTRE’s high-tech multimedia facilities. Sessions focused on the use of satellite, aerial and GPS technologies to support post-disaster damage response and recovery activities for multiple hazards spanning earthquake, windstorm, tsunami and flooding.

Participants were also treated to some highlights of cultural Pavia, including a walking tour of the city and fine conference banquet overlooking the Ticino River. The event was sponsored by MCEER, the USGS, EERI, the University of California at Irvine, the Telecommunications and Remote Sensing Laboratory of the Department of Electronics and the EUCENTRE at the University of Pavia, and ImageCat, Inc.

The Seventh International Workshop on Remote Sensing will be held in Austin, Texas in September 2009, hosted by Dr. Ellen Rathje. For further details, please contact or .

Past workshops have been held in Irvine (2003) and Newport Beach (2004), California, Chiba, Japan (2005), Cambridge, UK (2006), and Washington DC (2007), with proceedings available on CD. Visit the Remote Sensing Institute page for more information.