The IEEE Geoscience and Remote
Sensing Society 2015 Summer School (GR4S) will be held on July 23-24 2015,
in Pavia (Italy).
The University of Pavia has a history in providing very
successful and appreciated Summer Schools on Data Fusion in Aerospace:
fifth edition - “Pavia 2015
International Summer School on “Data Fusion for Risk
Mapping” - will merge into the IEEE Geoscience
and Remote Sensing Society 2015 Summer School (GR4S), on the occasion of
the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2015, or IGARSS 2015 – “Remote Sensing:
Understanding the Earth for a Safer World”, which will be held the following
week (July 26-31) in Milan.
In an ever-changing and dynamic world, high-resolution and timely
geospatial information with global access and coverage becomes increasingly
important for our society's needs. Remote
sensing can represent a valuable tool for the large-scale mapping of indicators
related to vulnerability, as well as for recovery and reconstruction processes and their evolution over time. Although generally less
accurate than in-situ inspection and less rich in details about individual
buildings, Remote Sensing can provide cost-effective information in terms of
acquisition costs per sq.km and allows the capture of large geographical
extents that in-situ inspections cannot compete with.
To address the problem of data fusion from different sources, innovative
frameworks and tools to integrate space-based and in-situ sensing for dynamic
vulnerability, recovery monitoring and geospatial information handling were
developed: open-source software tools – integrated into a freely available and
widely used GIS environment, such as QGIS – are meant to produce a
multi-resolution, time-varying indicator monitoring framework that applies to
the whole disaster cycle.
IGARSS 2015, the world's premier symposium on the
subject of remote sensing, will be held in the same town of the EXPO 2015
exhibition, whose topic is "Feeding the planet: energy for life". The
conference main theme highlights the role of remote sensing for assessing,
monitoring, and managing risks related to natural disasters.
Thus, within the conference, this year’s Geoscience
and Remote Sensing Society School will offer to the attendees an exploration on
data fusion capabilities and the opportunity to evaluate results concerning risk
indicator collection and analysis in order to and to use
data in a dynamic way to the purpose of
mapping risk and its components.
The GR4S aims at providing to the attending students
the opportunity to gain excellent introductory knowledge on:
- the exploitation of remotely sensed from different sources for purposes of mapping risk and
its components, i.e. hazard, vulnerability, exposure, in a geospatial
- QGIS open-source
tools and environment for geospatial information handling.
Lectures will be a mix of theoretical lessons and hands-on
The focus will be on Masters and early PhD students dealing with remote
sensing and geosciences topics. The summer school is a contribution by the GRSS
towards human capital development internationally, with a further objective of
attracting the next generation of practitioners – today’s students - to become
aware of GRSS and its benefits.