Scope and Topics

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:
the 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 environment;
  • QGIS open-source tools and environment for geospatial information handling.
Lectures will be a mix of theoretical lessons and hands-on activities.

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.