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ISPRS e-Bulletin: January 2013

ISPRS e-Bulletin
Issue No 2 - 2013


Society Affairs

ISPRS Journal - Publisher’s Note

ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


Gert-Jan Geraeds from Elsevier, the publisher of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing has something to say on the occasion of the handover from George Vosselman to Derk Lichti as Editor-in-Chief

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Annette Radtke: New secretary in ISPRS Headquarters

Annette Radtke


From 16 January 2013 Mrs. Annette Radtke started to work for the ISPRS Headquarters based in Hannover, Germany, providing administrative support and assistance to ISPRS Hedquarters and the Secretary General. We wish Mrs. Radtke all the best and welcome her to the ISPRS family. ISPRS is very grateful to the German Science Foundation (DFG) for the financial support of the Secretariat and Leibniz Universität Hannover for providing the office.


General Announcements

Free satellite imagery for ISPRS Student Consortium Members



DMCii has recently agreed to offer 50 free satellite images to ISPRS SC members. The SC board welcomes short project descriptions ...

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The ISPRS Foundation Announces 3 Travel Grants

The ISPRS Foundation


The ISPRS Foundation will offer 3 travel grants for the amount of $US1300 each for qualified persons to participate in the ISPRS Hannover Workshop 'High-Resolution Earth Imaging for Geospatial Information' at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany from May 21–24, 2013

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Call for Participation - Training Opportunity in Stereo Processing of Planetary Imagery using SOCET SET®

Training Opportunity in Stereo Processing of Planetary Imagery


The Planetary Photogrammetry Guest Facility at the Astrogeology Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey would like to announce its Call for Participation for a training opportunity on the production of topographic maps from planetary stereo images using the SOCET SET® software by BAE Systems ...

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Event Reports

The 8th ISPRS Student Consortium and WG VI/5 Summer School



The 8th ISPRS Student Consortium and WG VI/5 Summer School was held at Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand from November 30 to December 4, 2012. The Summer School was one of the concurrent activities of the recently concluded 33rd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2012). The local organizers of the program were the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), a public organization supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology – Thailand, and the Faculty of Geoinformatics, Burapha University.

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ISPRS Calendar
Melbourne Congress 2012
Student Consortium


Christian Heipke

ISPRS Proceedings in New Shape
One of the key priorities of ISPRS is to facilitate the publication of high quality scientific outputs. Besides our two international peer-reviewed journals, the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-information, we pursue this goal by continually striving to improve the quality and visibility of ISPRS meetings and the resulting proceedings.

At last year's XXII ISPRS Congress, ISPRS introduced the ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. The Annals constitute full-paper double-blind peer reviewed proceedings and complement the ISPRS Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, which continue to be peer reviewed based on submitted or extended abstracts.

Also, as of 2012, both Archives and Annals are published under the Creative Commons open access license CC BY. Essentially this means that anyone is free to use the published material for any purpose, provided that a reference to the original publication is included. As a consequence, the Archives and Annals are freely available on the internet at

A step for increasing the visibility of the Archives and Annals is to gain their inclusion into scientific indices such as the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) of Thompson Reuters (Web of Knowledge) and SCOPUS. Achieving this objective not only requires a peer review process for the proceedings, but also a publication track record over a number of years and adherence to a number of formal unified publication standards. This means that the different volumes of the Archives and Annals all need to have the same look and feel. In the view of ISPRS it is essential for the scientific standing of the Society to have the proceedings included in these indices. We have therefore teamed up with Copernicus GmbH of Göttingen, Germany, a professional publisher in the open access area, to achieve this goal. Copernicus has already arranged for all ISPRS proceedings from 2011 and 2012 to be published in the necessary manner. Moreover, an application for the Archives to be included in Thompson Reuters’ CPCI was submitted in late 2012, and a similar application will be made for the Annals as soon as we can demonstrate the requisite sustainability of the proceedings series.

Another clear request from our scientific community was to offer support for organising meetings, both in terms of paper submission, review handling and programme development, and also in terms of registration and conference organisation. Abstract and paper submission is intimately linked to the production of proceedings, and ISPRS has therefore engaged Copernicus, being also a professional conference organiser, to lead this activity as well.

These services do not come for free, but they provide support for meeting organisers and increase the quality of the resultant proceedings. Since inclusion of the proceedings into the indices can only be achieved through the production of a coherent proceedings series, publishing through Copernicus is mandatory for all proceedings arising from ISPRS meetings. This comes along with the abstract and programme management of Copernicus. However, using Copernicus support for meeting registration, is optional.

I hope that these developments will increase the awareness of our community as to the publication channels available, help authors make an informed choice as to where best to publish their paper, and help meeting organisers to better understand the options they have for producing ISPRS proceedings.

Christian Heipke
ISPRS Secretary General


Announcements of Scientific Meetings                (see also ISPRS Calendar)

ISPRS2013-SSGVCM 2013      

ISPRS Conference on "Serving Society with Geoinformatics" ISPRS2013-SSGVCM 2013
Antalya, Turkey
Nov 11-17, 2013

This new intercommission conference combines topics of Com. II, III, IV and VII and will be held in Turkey in November 2013, see first announcement and call for papers. Besides a general scientific programme, the conference also includes three high-ranking workshops:

CIPA 2013      

XXIV International CIPA Symposium
Strasbourg, France
September 2-6, 2013

The XXIV International CIPA Symposium on "Recording, Documentation and Cooperation for Cultural Heritage" will take place in Strasbourg (France) on September 2-6, 2013. This dual role linking Culture and Science is exhibited in our parent organizations - ICOMOS - International Council of Monuments and Sites and - ISPRS - International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The deadline for paper submission is April 10, thus approaching fast. - see for more information.


Advances in Geospatial Technologies 
    for Health      

Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health
Arlington, Virginia, USA
August 25-29, 2013

The 2nd Symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health will be organised by ISPRS WG VIII/2 on August 25-29 in Arlington, Virginia. More information on this meetng s available on


Canadian Institute of Geomatics Annual Conference      

Canadian Institute of Geomatics Annual Conference
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 5-7, 2013

The 2013 Canadian Institute of Geomatics Annual Conference and the 2013 International Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes (EOGC’2013), organized by the CIG Toronto Branch will be held on 5-7 June 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Registration is now open, see


UAV-based Remote Sensing Methods for Monitoring Vegetation      

UAV-based Remote Sensing Methods for Monitoring Vegetation
Cologne, Germany
September 9-10, 2013

Click here for preliminary programme


The 9th EARSeL Forest Fires Special Interest Group Workshop      

The 9th EARSeL Forest Fires Special Interest Group Workshop on
Qantifying the environmental impact of forest fires

will be held in Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire, UK from October 15-17, 2013, see for details.


In Memoriam

Laurie Adams      

Laurie Adams, 1925-2012

The ISPRS Headquarters was recently informed that Laurie Adams, former Head of the Land Surveying Department of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and the 1982-84 Chairman of WG V/4 (Photogrammetry for industrial construction and mensuration), passed away on December 10th, 2012 at the age of 87. An obituary will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Photogrammetric Record.

Possibly Adams’s most significant contribution to science came during his retirement when he was appointed Head of the Biostereometrics Unit in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. There his invention of the Cape Town Stereotactic Pointer helped in the precise location and operation of brain tumours. The device is manufactured commercially and is in use in South Africa, India and Colombia.

Jüri Talts      

Jüri Talts, 1936-2013

Jüri Talts, who worked for the National Land Survey of Sweden (Lantmäteriet) as a photogrammetrist until his retirement in 2001 and represented Sweden to ISPRS in several capacities, passed away on February 1st, 2013 after a short illness.

Jüri was awarded an MSc in 1962 in Surveying and Geodesy at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH). He was a Research Assistant under Professor Hallert for a few years and then moved to the National Land Survey. He was appointed Professor of Forestry Photogrammetry at the Agricultural University, between 1970 and 1976 and then returned to the National Land Survey.

Jüri represented Sweden in OEEPE, for many years along with Kennert Torlegård from KTH. Jüri was president of Commission A, Aerotriangulation from 1977 - 1984; was Swedish delegate to OEEPE from1987 - 2001 and President from 1988- 1990. Jüri made a significant contribution to photogrammetry in Sweden, and to OEEPE; his direct opinion was valued in many discussions and activities. Jüri is survived by his wife, Else-Britt, and two sons.


ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing      

New publications in the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Volume 76 (February 2013)

Automatic determination of seamlines for aerial image mosaicking based on vector roads alone
Youchuan Wan, Dongliang Wang, Jianhua Xiao, Xudong Lai, Jingzhong Xu
Pages: 1-10

Sensitivity of the MODIS fire detection algorithm (MOD14) in the savanna region of the Northern Territory, Australia
Stefan W. Maier, Jeremy Russell-Smith, Andrew C. Edwards, Cameron Yates
Pages: 11-16

Model driven reconstruction of roofs from sparse LIDAR point clouds
André Henn, Gerhard Gröger, Viktor Stroh, Lutz Plümer
Pages: 17-29

Theme section "Terrestrial 3D Modeling"
Fabio Remondino, Jan Boehm
Pages: 31-32

Segmentation of terrestrial laser scanning data using geometry and image information
Shahar Barnea, Sagi Filin
Pages: 33-48

Combining terrestrial stereophotogrammetry, DGPS and GIS-based 3D voxel modelling in the volumetric recording of archaeological features
Hector A. Orengo
Pages: 49-55

Ground filtering and vegetation mapping using multi-return terrestrial laser scanning
Francesco Pirotti, Alberto Guarnieri, Antonio Vettore
Pages: 56-63

Automatic orientation and 3D modelling from markerless rock art imagery
J.L. Lerma, S. Navarro, M. Cabrelles, A.E. Seguí, D. Hernández
Pages: 64-75

One billion points in the cloud – an octree for efficient processing of 3D laser scans
Jan Elseberg, Dorit Borrmann, Andreas Nüchter
Pages: 76-88

Historic Building Information Modelling – Adding intelligence to laser and image based surveys of European classical architecture
Maurice Murphy, Eugene McGovern, Sara Pavia
Pages: 89-102


New publications in the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Volume 77 (March 2013)

Detection and 3D reconstruction of traffic signs from multiple view color images
Bahman Soheilian, Nicolas Paparoditis, Bruno Vallet
Pages: 1-20

An improved simple morphological filter for the terrain classification of airborne LIDAR data
Thomas J. Pingel, Keith C. Clarke, William A. McBride
Pages: 21-30

Improving Cartosat-1 DEM accuracy using synthetic stereo pair and triplet
D. Giribabu, S. Srinivasa Rao, Y.V.N. Krishna Murthy
Pages: 31-43

The influence of scan mode and circle fitting on tree stem detection, stem diameter and volume extraction from terrestrial laser scans
Pyare Pueschel, Glenn Newnham, Gilles Rock, Thomas Udelhoven, Willy Werner, Joachim Hill
Pages: 44-56

Extracting polygonal building footprints from digital surface models: A fully-automatic global optimization framework
Mathieu Brédif, Olivier Tournaire, Bruno Vallet, Nicolas Champion
Pages: 57-65

Learning with transductive SVM for semisupervised pixel classification of remote sensing imagery
Ujjwal Maulik, Debasis Chakraborty
Pages: 66-78

Remote sensing of seasonal variability of fractional vegetation cover and its object-based spatial pattern analysis over mountain areas
Guijun Yang, Ruiliang Pu, Jixian Zhang, Chunjiang Zhao, Haikuan Feng, Jihua Wang
Pages: 79-93

Development of a Coordinate Transformation method for direct georeferencing in map projection frames
Haitao Zhao, Bing Zhang, Changshan Wu, Zhengli Zuo, Zhengchao Chen
Pages: 94-103


New publications in the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Volume 78 (April 2013)

Sensitivity of narrowband vegetation indices to boreal forest LAI, reflectance seasonality and species composition
Janne Heiskanen, Miina Rautiainen, Pauline Stenberg, Matti Mõttus, Veli-Heikki Vesanto
Pages: 1-14

Boundary-constrained multi-scale segmentation method for remote sensing images
Xueliang Zhang, Pengfeng Xiao, Xiaoqun Song, Jiangfeng She
Pages: 15-25

Identification of environmental anomaly hot spots in West Africa from time series of NDVI and rainfall
Mirco Boschetti, Francesco Nutini, Pietro Alessandro Brivio, Etienne Bartholomé, Daniela Stroppiana, Agata Hoscilo
Pages: 26-40

On the degree of polarization for SAR sea oil slick observation
Ferdinando Nunziata, Attilio Gambardella, Maurizio Migliaccio
Pages: 41-49

Estimation of forest canopy structural parameters using kernel-driven bi-directional reflectance model based multi-angular vegetation indices
Ram C. Sharma, Koji Kajiwara, Yoshiaki Honda
Pages: 50-57

The influence of scanner parameters on the extraction of tree metrics from FARO Photon 120 terrestrial laser scans
Pyare Pueschel
Pages: 58-68

Line segment confidence region-based string matching method for map conflation
Yong Huh, Sungchul Yang, Chillo Ga, Kiyun Yu, Wenzhong Shi
Pages: 69-84

Assessing the impact of hydrocarbon leakages on vegetation using reflectance spectroscopy
I.D. Sanches, C.R. Souza Filho, L.A. Magalhães, G.C.M. Quitério, M.N. Alves, W.J. Oliveira
Pages: 85-101

Remotely detecting canopy nitrogen concentration and uptake of paddy rice in the Northeast China Plain
Kang Yu, Fei Li, Martin L. Gnyp, Yuxin Miao, Georg Bareth, Xinping Chen
Pages: 102-115

Parallel indexing technique for spatio-temporal data
Zhenwen He, Menno-Jan Kraak, Otto Huisman, Xiaogang Ma, Jing Xiao
Pages: 116-128

Assessing reference dataset representativeness through confidence metrics based on information density
Giorgos Mountrakis, Bo Xi
Pages: 129-147

Predicting foliar biochemistry of tea (Camellia sinensis) using reflectance spectra measured at powder, leaf and canopy levels
Meng Bian, Andrew K. Skidmore, Martin Schlerf, Tiejun Wang, Yanfang Liu, Rong Zeng, Teng Fei
Pages: 148-156

A comparison of dense matching algorithms for scaled surface reconstruction using stereo camera rigs
Ali Hosseininaveh Ahmadabadian, Stuart Robson, Jan Boehm, Mark Shortis, Konrad Wenzel, Dieter Fritsch
Pages: 157-167



ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information — Open Access Journal

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information — Open Access Journal      

New publications in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Open Access Journal (January - March 2013)

A Bottom-Up Approach for Automatically Grouping Sensor Data Layers by their Observed Property
Knoechel, Ben, Huang, Chih-Yuan, Liang, Steve H.L.
Pages: 1-26

Improving the GIS-DRP Approach by Means of DelineatingRunoff Characteristics with New Discharge Relevant Parameters
Hümann, Marco, Müller, Christoph
Pages: 27-49

Assessing the Geographic Representativity of Farm Accountancy Data
Green, Stuart, O'Donoghue, Cathal
Pages: 50-66

Towards Improving Query Performance of Web Feature Services (WFS) for Disaster Response
Zhang, Chuanrong, Zhao, Tian, Li, Weidong
Pages: 67-81

Pioneering GML Deployment for NSDI — Case Study of USTIGER/GML
Guo, Lingling
Pages: 82-93

Quantifying Landscape-Scale Patterns of Temperate Forests over Time by Means of Neutral Simulation Models
Frate, Ludovico, Carranza, Maria Laura
Pages: 94-109

Potential Impact of Climate Changes on the Inundation Risk Levels in a Dam Break Scenario
Yerramilli, Sudha
Pages: 110-134

Spatial Search Techniques for Mobile 3D Queries in Sensor Web Environments
Yin, Junjun, Carswell, James D.
Pages: 135-154

A New Algorithm for Identifying Possible Epidemic Sources with Application to the German Escherichia coli Outbreak
Buscema, Massimo, Grossi, Enzo, Bronstein, Alvin, Lodwick, Weldon, Asadi-Zeydabadi, Masoud, Benzi, Roberto, Newman, Francis
Pages: 155-200

Pygrass: An Object Oriented Python Application Programming Interface (API) for Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) Geographic Information System (GIS)
Zambelli, Pietro, Gebbert, Sören, Ciolli, Marco
Pages: 201-219

Mapping Urban Tree Species Using Very High Resolution Satellite Imagery: Comparing Pixel-Based and Object-Based Approaches
Agarwal, Shivani, Vailshery, Lionel Sujay, Jaganmohan, Madhumitha, Nagendra, Harini
Pages: 220-236

Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis of Congenital Malformations (CM) in Israel, 2000–2006
Agay-Shay, Keren, Amitai, Yona, Peretz, Chava, Linn, Shai, Friger, Michael, Peled, Ammatzia
Pages: 237-255



New Events

27-28 Apr 2013
The 3rd International Workshop on High Resolution Global Land Cover Mapping
website not yet available
Beijing, China
14 May 2013
Web Cartography for National SDIs
In conjunction with the AGILE conference
Leuven, Belgium
23-25 May 2013
2nd International Conference on Measurement Technologies in Surveying
Warsaw, POLAND
29-31 May 2013
UDMS 2013, 29th Symposium of the Urban Data Management Society
London, UK
4-5 July 2013
Probing Vegetation Conference
Antwerp, BELGIUM
25-29 Aug 2013
2nd Symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health
in collaboration with MEDGEO-2013
Arlington, Virginia, USA
4-6 Sep 2013
Rostock, Germany
9-10 Sep 2013
UAV-based Remote Sensing Methods for Monitoring Vegetation
Cologne, Germany
23-26 Sep 2013
13th International Scientific and Technical Conference From Imagery to Map:
Digital Photogrammetric Technologies?
wesite not yet ready
Fontainebleau, FRANCE
5-8 Oct 2013
SMPR 2013,
2nd International Conference on Sensors and Models in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
Tehran, Iran
20-24 Oct 2013
ACRS 2013
34rd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing
Bridging Sustainable Asia
Bali, Indonesia
11-12 Nov 2013
3rd International Workshop on Web Mapping and Geoprocessing Services and Applications (WebMGS 2013)
Global spatial grids and cloud-based services
Joint event with DMGIS 2013 - Dynamic Multidimensional GIS
website not yet ready
Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
11-17 Nov 2013
TC II, III, IV & VII Joint Meeting
SSG 2013
ISPRS Conference on "Serving Society with Geoinformation"
in conjunction with the 3 events below
Antalya, TURKEY
11-13 Nov 2013
WG V/3, I/2, I/3, III/2, V/2, VII/7, ICWG I/Va
Laser Scanning 2013
Antalya, TURKEY
11 Nov 2013
Image Sequence Analysis for Object and Change Detection (ISA)
Antalya, TURKEY
12-13 Nov 2013
Object Extraction for 3D City Models, Road Databases and Traffic Monitoring - Concepts, Algorithms, and Evaluation
Antalya, TURKEY
25-29 Nov 2013
Pacific Islands GIS&RS User Conference 'Connecting the Pacific with Maps'
25th is reserved for workshops

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Job Opportunities

24-Feb-2013 Post-doctoral position at MATIS laboratory - French Mapping Agency (IGN), Saint-Mandé (near Paris), France
04-Mar-2013 Landmark based localization: Detection and update oflandmarks with uncertainty analysis, IGN/MATIS, Saint-Mandé (near Paris), France
17-Mar-2013 Image Processing Engineer, Location: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
18-Mar-2013 Postdoc Position in 3D/4D reality-based city modelling from image and pointcloud data, Singapore-ETH Zurich Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC), Future Cities Laboratory (FCL)
22-Mar-2013 Greg McDermid Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Foothills Facility for Remote Sensing and GIScience, University of Calgary, Canada

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