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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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7th Workshop on Remote Sensing and Disaster Response

remote sensing group at workshopOver 30 experts in remote sensing attended the seventh workshop in the series.

The 7th International Workshop on Remote Sensing and Disaster Response was one of the most diverse workshops to date in this series. Over 30 participants from eight countries delivered 24 presentations on a broad set of topics dealing with rapid response; disaster preparedness and integration with modeling; hurricanes, windstorms, and tsunamis; earthquake effects; advances in analytical techniques, and disaster recovery.

MCEER investigator Chris Renschler discussed his involvement with the Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response (IPLER), which was recently formed to address technological challenges in linking remote sensing, GIS and environmental models for decision support in managing disasters (see story on IPLER’s involvement following the Haiti earthquake on page 2).

In addition, two panel sessions were organized: (1) Data Issues: Rapid Access to Remote Sensing Datasets; and (2) Perspectives of End Users: Emergency Managers and Decision Makers.

A special banquet dinner talk by Albert Lin, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California, San Diego Division, introduced a National Geographic Society study to “Search for the Tomb of Genghis Kahn: Using Modern Tools to Hunt for an Ancient Past.”

The workshop, held at the University of Texas at Austin on October 22-23, 2009, was organized by Ellen Rathje, Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, UT at Austin. Additional support was provided by Arleen Hill, Department of Earth Sciences, University at Memphis, and ImageCat, Inc.

The Eighth International Workshop on Remote Sensing will be held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan September 30-October 1, 2010. For more details, contact or