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November 2014
Dr. Michael Hauck
Russell G. Congalton
Technical Editor
Michael S. Renslow
Assistant Editor
Jie Shan
Assistant Director — Publications
Rae Kelley
Electronic Publications Manager/Graphic Artist
Matthew Austin
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Dear Readers:
The ISPRS Technical Commission I
is pleased to meet in conjunction with
the Pecora 19 ASPRS Fall Meeting.
The main focus of the ISPRS
Technical Commission I is primary
data acquisition and processes which
include sensors and platforms used
in remote sensing technologies.
Obtaining spatially referenced (or
location-based) information from
imagery is becoming a common
practice in many aspects of our work
and life today. On the one hand, more
high resolution imagery is taken
from air, space, and on the ground.
On the other hand, more people are
making use of imagery data for personal hobbies, family travel
plans, and through web-based services, such as Google Earth, Bing
Maps and MaptheWorld. Many public and private sectors have set
up successful business models to derive the geometric or thematic
information from remotely sensed imagery.
One of such successful applications I have experienced personally
is the preparation and production of the first 30m global land cover
(GLC) data sets from Landsat-like imagery. As you might know,
land cover and its change is essential information for natural
resources management, environmental studies, urban planning
to sustainable development, and a variety of other societal
needs. The development of GLC data sets at 30m resolution has
been considered a superior option by the International Earth
Observation and Geo-information Society, as most significant
human activities on the Earth’s surface can be captured at this scale
and long-term archive and free availability of Landsat and similar
images make it feasible... Since the beginning of 2010, I have led
an operational mapping project which aimed to produce such 30m
GLC data product within a four year period. This work has been
supported by Chinese 863 program and got a strong support from
ISPRS, GEO, and many international colleagues. After processing
and classifying over 20,000 Landsat and Chine HJ-1 imagery, we
have produced GlobeLand30, the first comprehensive 30m GLC
dataset with 10 classes for the years 2000 and 2010. GlobeLand30
provides more detailed land cover patterns and reflects land cover
changes induced by human activities from 2000 and 2010. On
September 22, 2014, this important global data set was donated by
the Chinese government to the United Nations to support global
sustainability. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, praised
this timely and precious donation “The World needs solid, science-
based information for making wise decisions for sustainable
development. … These detailed data sets will help us to better
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