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The International Remote Sensing Conference carries on its activities

The International Remote Sensing Conference, organized by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) at Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel, under the kind patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, carried on its activities today where Mr. John Murtagh, Airbus Defense and Space, Europe, gave the main lecture on the future of earth observation.

Mahdi balharth, Saudi Aramco, followed spotting on using laser imaging detection and ranging system (LiDAR) to detect logjams in lowland rivers, the impact of these logjams on lowland rivers as well as their negative effect on vegetation. Then, Mohammed AlHakami, Saudi Geological Survey  took the podium discussing estimate terrestrial water storage of in Saq Aquifer using  the technology of gravity recovery and climate experiment (GRACE) which enables to map the earth's gravity fields by making accurate measurements of the distance between two satellites, using the global  positioning system  (GPS)  and microwave; stating that the estimate spanned over 120 months of constant observation of terrestrial water storage and comparing results to those of other tests that adopted other technologies.

Mansour Alhumimidi, Researcher at KACST, was the next speaker giving a lecture on photogrammetric applications in geoscience training and education where he elaborated on the possibility of making use of photogrammetric survey, laser technologies, and three-dimensional drawing in the areas of education and training in the earth science, specifically in the university level. Sheikh Nazmul Hossain, Saudi Aramco, then, spoke on detecting soil moisture in Rub’ al Khali desert through satellite images.  Dr. Redha Amer, Tulane University, USA, followed giving a lecture on spectral analysis and image classifications for mapping alteration zones associated with gold mineralization in the Eastern Desert in Egypt.
Amal AlJaddani, Lady Researcher. King Abdulaziz University, was the next speaker presenting her scientific paper on “Integration of multi-temporal remote sensing imagery and geographical information systems GIS for mapping and analysis of land cover change in Jeddah city”; stating that Jeddah city has witnessed, during the past three decades, a change in the vegetation whereas space and aerial imaging showed excessive increase of vegetation in recreational areas and newly created resorts, as well as areas around the urban development and along water streams. 

Dr. Mohammed AlGhamdi, KACST, gave a key lecture on small area population estimation using fine spatial resolution satellite sensor data, while Johannes Riegl, Riegl United Company, Austria, gave a key speech on using LiDAR technology for demanding mapping tasks.  Next, Muhammad Alam, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, took the stand shedding the light on harvester productivity model development using LiDAR and multispectral imagery.

Going on through the busy agenda of the day, Dr. Mansour AlSaleh, KACST, tackled automated 3D modeling of cities using LiDAR data while Fang Qiu, University of Texas at Dallas USA, discussed fusion of LiDAR waveform and high spatial resolution image as an object based approach. Daquan Guo, King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) came next presenting a study of internal solitary waves in the Red Sea using satellite images. Caner Ozcan , Karabuk University, Turkey was the next speaker focusing on CPU and GPU parallelization of sparsity driven despeckling in SAR images.

Activities of the second day of the conference were concluded by a lecture given by Dr. Khalid Aldamegh, KACST, on ground surface deformation in Saudi Arabia based on InSAR applications which are used in fields of geodesy, remote sensing, and their multiple applications in building sciences and construction engineering.