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10.24.2016 - 10.28.2016

AARSE conference 2016


The 11th International Conference of The African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment took place in Kampala, Uganda from 24 to 28 October 2016. The conference was organized by the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE). The main conference themes can be found on the conference website

The conference attracted many participants mainly from Africa but also from Asia and Europe.

The conference was opened on Monday 24 October by Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, followed by welcome messages from AARSE president, Prof. Jide Kufoniyi, and by representatives from the Makerere University, the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and the United Nations.

Highlighted plenary sessions were held on Space Policy in Africa, cooperation between China and Africa and on Geo private sector engagement in Africa. Technical sessions were organized on themes of Sustainable Development Goals, Disaster Management, Food Security (including the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative: GEOGLAM) and Smart Cities. A whole section was dedicated to the Copernicus mission. 

Special session on smallholder farming
The University of Twente, ITC team organized a special session on smallholder agriculture: high spatial resolution remote sensing in support of food production in smallholder farming systems, chaired by Rolf de By and Valentyn Tolpekin. The session included six presentations from ITC team members involved in the STARS project. This special session presented the main results of the ITC STARS team and led to intensive and fruitful discussion that continued also after the closing of the session. The main conclusion was that existing remote sensing tools are not directly applicable to assess of smallholder agriculture because of the high complexity of the problem. Some of the challenges are successfully addressed in the STARS project, but there is certainly scope for further development and improvement. 

STARS aims to support future research efforts, especially when conducted by young scientists in the region, by publishing its field data and UAV imagery that have been collected during the project, the developed algorithms and a number of very high spatial resolution satellite images in the open domain. These products will be available through our Knowledge Portal. If you want us to keep you up-to-date by email on products becoming available, please fill out our contact form.  

Abstracts of AARSE are available in the conference book

See for more information on the conference the AARSE 2016 website