Earth Observation Summit 2017

Program and Special Events

Preliminary Program

It is now possible to consult the preliminary program in either PDF format here or online including links to abstracts here.

Please understand that this program is still in its draft form and that it can be modified at any time.


Four workshops concerning important remote sensing themes will also be part of the EO Summit 2017. The first Workshop, organized by Euroconsult and the Canadian Space Agency, will address the emerging commercialization of Earth Observation. The second Workshop is an international event titled “One Earth – One Health: Contribution of Satellite Earth Observation to Public Health”. It is jointly organized by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The third Workshop will be on the role of remote sensing in wildfire management and research. It will be jointly organized by the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and CSA. Finally, the fourth Workshop will be on EO technologies for the municipal and regional sectors and will be organized by the Association de Géomatique Municipale du Québec (AGMQ).

These Workshops intend to gather the relevant communities, allowing them to share their views on the opportunities offered by remote sensing and to recommend an action plan.

Training and Special Events

Two training programs are being offered as part of the EO Summit 2017. First, a Summer school program on remote sensing applications and technologies is offered on June 19th. Then, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) tutorials are presented on June 23rd.

A UAV demonstration and competition is also presented on June 19th in nearby Saint-Amable (Qc). Transportation is included, departing from the Conference venue.

An ice-breaker event will be held on the evening of June 20th while a dinner banquet is offered on June 21st. A student program will foster student – employers networking and offer travel grants.

Special Sessions

Special sessions are composed of 4 presentations or more on a theme proposed by a Session lead (indicated in parenthesis). This is not an exhaustive list of topics covered during the Summit as it is open to any topic related to Earth Observation. This is the list of accepted special sessions as of December 20th 2016:
Air-borne diseases (One Earth – One Health workshop);
Benefits of an On-Farm Data Sharing Community (Nicole Rabe);
Building an Economic Environment for EO (EO Commercialization workshop);
Burn severity mapping (Wildfire workshop);
Carbon emissions (Wildfire workshop);
Challenges for next generation SAR (Patrick Plourde);
Changing Roles of Government and Private Sector (EO Commercialization workshop);
Coastal and inland waters (Martin Bergeron);
Compact Polarimetry (Matt Arkett/Gordon Staples);
Current satellite platforms providing fire monitoring and mapping data (Wildfire workshop);
CSA-DLR Collaboration: C & X Band Data Synergies (Yann Denis);
Education (Brigitte Leblon);
Emergency management (One Earth – One Health workshop);
EO big data and services access platforms (Cedric Seynat);
EO technologies for the municipal and regional sectors (AGMQ workshop);
Estimation of Fuel Characteristics (Wildfire workshop) ;
Exploitation of sentinel-2 (Richard Fernandes);
Flood plain mapping with EO (Brian Brisco);
Geoarcheology (Brigitte Leblon);
InSAR applied to Geohazards (Vern Singhroy);
JAXA-CSA Cooperation in SAR Satellite disaster monitoring (Daniel DeLisle);
Maritime Security and Application (Paris Vachon/Gordon Staples);
Mer Bleue Peatlands for Optical Satellite Cal/Val (Peter H. White);
Microwave remote sensing of the cryosphere (Chris Derksen);
National and International Collaboration in Wildfire Remote Sensing (Wildfire workshop);
Natural Disasters on Urban Land (Ying Zhang);
Next-generation SAR remote sensing of sea ice and ice features (Randy Scharien);
Polarimetry (Ridha Touzi);
Post-fire burned area mapping (Wildfire workshop);
Radarsat Constellation Mission (Daniel DeLisle);
Real-Time Fire monitoring and mapping (perimeter, area, spread rate, intensity) (Wildfire workshop) ;
SAR Calibration and Validation (Satish Srivastava );
SAR for planetary exploration (Tim Haltigin);
SAR Missions (Guy Séguin);
SAR Water and Wetlands Monitoring (Brian Brisco);
Smoke and Air Quality (Wildfire workshop);
Subsurface remote sensing of permafrost (Mahta Moghaddam);
The role of Remote Sensing in Wildfire Cost Reduction (Wildfire workshop);
The use of LiDAR in forestry (Richard Fournier);
UAV for forest assessment, monitoring and management (Udaya Vepakomma);
UAV use in the natural sciences (Jordan Eamer);
Use of airborne remote sensing in fire management (Wildfire workshop);
Use of drones in fire management (Wildfire workshop);
Vector-borne diseases (One Earth – One Health workshop);
Vulnerable human population (One Earth – One Health workshop);
Water-borne diseases (One Earth – One Health workshop);
Wildland Fire Danger Rating (Wildfire workshop).

Association Québécoise de Télédétection
Advanced SAR (ASAR) Workshop 2017
Canadian Remote Sensing Society