July 3, 2016 saw the start at BNU of “The Sixth Epicontinental Satellite Remote Sensing Data Inversion Theory and Method Summer School” and IGARSS 2016 symposium programs. The events were hosted by the BNU Center for Global Change Data Processing and Analysis and held jointly by the National Project 863 Theme Plan, "the Global Ecological System and the Generation of Surface Energy Balance Parameter and Application," BNU’s School of Geography, the State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science and IGARSS 2016 (IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium).
Professor Liang Shunlin, Dean of the BNU School of Geography, presided over the opening ceremony and gave a welcome speech. Professor Chen Jun, Chief Engineer at the National Geographics Center of China (NGCC), was invited to speak. Wang Xiumei, Director of BNU’s Office of International Exchange & Cooperation and Professor Lori M. Bruce, Dean of the Graduate School at Mississippi State University, made opening speeches for the IGARSS 2016 summer school program.
The summer school programs included Chinese-language summer school on July 3-7 and English-language summer school, held jointly with IGARSS, on July 8-9. As in previous times, the summer schools took as the teaching material “the quantitative remote sensing: concept and algorithm” and “the global land surface satellite (GLASS) products: algorithms, validation and analysis,”, they systematically introduced the basic content of quantitative remote sensing research in the way subjects are usually taught, and ensured that the students were clear in their understanding of the latest research in the field and of existing remote sensing products.
There were twenty-seven themed lectures in Chinese and ten in English, including five Chinese projects (remote sensing data processing methods and techniques, epicontinental radiation energy balance estimation, surface biophysical and biochemical parameters estimation, water cycle parameters estimation and advanced products production and application of remote sensing data samples) and four English projects (satellite products/ applications, terrestrial remote sensing, hyper-spectral remote sensing, microwave remote sensing). The summer school classes drew the attention of young scholars and students from national universities and research institutes. More than 170 students from at home and abroad attended and participated in corresponding academic exchanges. In addition, the students visited the State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, under the guidance of Professor Liang Shunlin. The students said they had a fruitful learning experience and responded enthusiastically.
The BNU Center for Global Change Data Processing and Analysis has held Chinese-language summer school program for six years. This was the first time for holding English-language summer school work jointly with IGARSS. The summer school programs aim to meet the requirements of remote sensing research workers and graduate students, to help them understand the principle of quantitative remote sensing, provide comprehensive understanding and application of quantitative remote sensing research approaches, and promote international communication about and application of related research results.
(BNU School of Geography)