- EARSeL, the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories, is a long-established network of scientific research laboratories coming from academia or the commercial world, which investigate all fields of application of remotely sensed data, acquired either from satellites or from airborne platforms. It is a non-profit Association with a permanent part-time Secretariat based in Münster (Westf.). EARSeL is the only organisation within Europe representing scientific laboratories and research departments of commercial companies that can communicate their viewpoint to the sponsoring agencies (European Space Agency, European Commission, Council of Europe) and other international institutions.
- EARSeL members are free to join one or several of its 15 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which bring together institutes that have similar broad fields of research activity, such as forestry, land cover, forest fires, geology, coastal zones, or advanced techniques such as data fusion, imaging spectroscopy or radar. There is a specific group that studies remote sensing techniques for developing countries, since many researchers work in these countries and have their specific experiences and projects on which to exchange their views. The Special Interest Groups organise high-level workshops, often regularly at 2 or 3-year intervals.
- Members receive the quarterly Newsletter, which constitutes a digest of Association activities and news from the sponsoring organisations, in particular the European Space Agency and the European Commission, and a general review of the current remote sensing scene.
- Since 2009, the member laboratories also receive a copy of the new EARSeL Book Series on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing, published by Springer Science Publishers.
- For the cost of one annual membership fee, all members of staff from EARSeL member laboratories/companies benefit from considerably reduced registration fees at the annual symposium and at workshops. On this occasion members can also attend at no extra cost one or sometimes two Tutorials given by leading scientists.
- Commercial members have the opportunity to present their products in the Newsletter and can exhibit at very reasonable cost at the annual symposium. They may also sponsor a session related to their specific field or offer some other form of sponsorship if they wish.
- EARSeL is a Regional Member of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and works closely with the Commissions related to Earth Observation techniques, with whom joint meetings are organised
Mrs. Heide Bierbrauer
48149 Münster (Westf.)
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