Pecora 17

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The Pecora Conference series was established by the USGS and NASA in the 1970s as a means of sharing ideas and experiences resulting from the use of remotely sensed data. The objectives of the Pecora Conferences are: 1) to foster the exchange of scientific information and results derived from the application of remotely sensed data; and 2) to provide a forum for discussing ideas, policies, and strategies on land remote sensing.

With an eye toward the future, the theme of Pecora 17 is "Future of Land Imaging…going operational." The conference will offer a program on applications of satellite and other remotely sensed data to study, monitor, and manage the Earth's land surface, as well as technologies to improve satellite data analyses, quality, access and preservation. Given the recent release of an Office of Science and Technology Policy report recommending the United States maintain a core operational capability for land imagery through the creation of a U.S. National Land Imaging Program, a special focus of Pecora 17 will be on the challenges of migrating satellite programs from research missions to operational capabilities.


We cordially invite land remote sensing data users, researchers, applications scientists, producers, managers, and policy-makers to participate in this important conference by submitting an abstract for a paper, poster, or technology demonstration. Participants are encouraged to attend general and technical sessions, exhibits, and educational workshops on the very latest remote sensing research, applications, analysis techniques, and technologies. Enjoy the opportunity to make new friends and get reacquainted with old ones. Be a part of one of 2008’s most exciting conferences in your profession!


The Pecora 17 Conference will be held Sunday through Thursday, November 16 to 20, 2008 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The program will be organized into four General Sessions with corresponding technical sessions, plus exhibits, and educational workshops. ASPRS is organizing the conference on behalf of the USGS and NASA in lieu of holding a normal ASPRS Fall conference in 2008.