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Remote sensing for resources development and environmental management
Damen, M. C. J.

Symposium on Remote Sensing for Resources Development and Environmental Management/Enschede /August 1986
© 1987Balkema, Rotterdam. ISBN 90 6191 674 7
Closing session
President of the ISPRS Commission VII
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the end of this ceremony I should like to
conclude that we have seen much progress in our
various fields of application of remote sensing.
Many of us have been able to present their ideas in
official papers or poster sessions. Others have
tested their ideas in discussions with colleagues.
Some papers will never be written, because the
hypotheses lost their sense during this week.
Thanks to our Working Group chairmen and officers
we have been able to reach conclusions and recommen
dations for the future. There is much to be done and
much will be done.
When The Netherlands accepted the responsiblity
for this Symposium, we knew that it would require
considerable human and financial resources. But we
also knew that we would learn from it, and that we
could develop a close cooperation between the
Netherlands' Society for Photogramme try (NVF), the
Board for Remote Sensing (KRS) and the ITC who
together stand for an important part of remote
sensing in The Netherlands.
But it is also good to know that in 1988 there are
other countries interested to take over from us this
responsibility for Commission VII. At this moment, I
believe that it is appropriate to thank the people
who dedicated themselves fully to the success of
this Symposium.
In the first place you, the participants, coming
from all parts of the globe, at least 50 countries.
For one week the spotlight of the remote sensing
world was on Enschede. We even made i t on the TV,
very difficult in the Netherlands.
Journalist question: what about military satel
lites, if SPOT satellites are available to everyone:
a. Many intelligent people looking at SPOT can
produce much strategic information
b. strategic information is not necessarily always
only what you can see secretly, you might say peep
ing through the key hole of military satellites.
Dr. Olson said yesterday, that the remote sensing
specialists should seek a better dialogue with the
government officials if we want to achieve some
thing. But with all our disciplines, institutions,
committees and societies there may be an increasing
confusion about whom is actually responsible for
what? Therefore, who should say what to the policy
When listing those who contributed I cannot men
tion all but I would like to name the most
A. Scienti fi c Programme.
1. The chairmen of our Working Groups. I must
mention the chairman of Working Group III, Spectral
Signatures of Objects, Dr. Guyot., who organizes an
International Symposium in France every two years,
attended by several hundred participants.
2. The scientific committee of this Symposium, with
the Chairman Prof. Verstappen and co-Chairman Prof.
Ligterink, and Dutch liaison officers for each
Working Group. Also thanks to the chairmen of WG
Sessions and ITC students who assisted there.
3. Our keynote and invited speakers, who guaranteed
the general level of this conference. Dr. Konecny,
Dr. Tdrlegard and Dr. Mur ay of ISPRS added prestige
to our meeting.
4. Organisation:
Several committees :
- Excursion Committee, Chairman Beck, for the
technical visits, and the accompanying persons;
- Exhibits Committee, Chairman Van Konijnenburg,
and the Exhibitors, who gave us a detailed insight of
their most recent instruments and services;
- Logistics Committee, Chairman Vollenga, Director
of DISH and including:
- the staff of ITC technical and internal services
and the staff of DISH, the Dutch International
Student House;
- the students of the Inter Hostess School, The
- the students of the Hotel School Apeldoorn.
These students of both schools were so very profes
sional, that I have not noticed the difference! They
have added charm to our meeting. Apparently in many
ways you can learn from a ISPRS Congress.
- Intercontinental Travel in Rotterdam, for arrang
ing the registration.
5. Sponsors.
- The Netherlands’ Remote Sensing Board
- the Netherlands' Ministry of International
Cooperation, which made available fellowships
- the Netherlands' Societies for Photogramme try and
for Remote Sensing and the ITC
6. And finally my other colleagues in the Steering
Committee, the Treasurer Neleman and in particular
the secretariat, consisting of Sicco Smit, Damen and
Miss Francis van der Veen who we forgot to mention in
the programme.
Sicco Smit was the first person to suggest to me
that the Netherlands should try to obtain Commission
VII, he has had to work for it!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This was a long list, but everyone involved in the
organisation has worked with dedication and can now
with great satisfaction look back upon a successful
We have agreed today, what we are going to do:
where our next meetings are going to be held, and
therefore we know now, where and when we shal l meet
again. We look forward to seeing you there and I
thank you all for coming to Enschede, wishing you
all a safe journey home.
And now, I close the seventh Symposium of ISPRS -
Commission VII.