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The first International Symposium on Agricultural & Ecological Remote Sensing in Beijing

UCL Geography team run Postgraduate Training Workshop for 150 students

The first International Symposium on Agricultural & Ecological Remote Sensing in Beijing

On 24-26 November, the UCL Geography Earth Observation group, led by Professor Philip Lewis, helped organize the first International Symposium on Agricultural & Ecological Remote Sensing and Postgraduate Training Conference in Beijing.

The Symposium and Conference were hosted at the China Agricultural University (CAU), and funded under the Newton AgriTech scheme by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). It was a multi-institution event, including inputs from Newcastle University, the Chinese National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture (NERCITA), the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning (IARRP) at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the China Meteorological Administration, Beijing Normal University and Peking University.

Over 500 students attended the event. Among topics addressed by 27 UK and China-based speakers were optical remote sensing, crop modelling, radar, hyperspectral remote sensing, vegetation florescence, data assimilation, and land management.

The UCL team, consisting of Philip Lewis, Qingling Wu, Hongyuan Ma, Feng Yin and Jose Gomez-Dans, also ran a practical session for 150 students on data assimilation with the support of Assimila Ltd. Feedback was very positive, and it is hoped to continue such workshop in future years.

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The International Symposium