EARSeL invites European remote sensing scientists, users and commercial community to its 19th Symposium to exchange ideas, opinions and experiences so as to turn Valladolid for a few into the most important forum for European remote sensing.

The 19th EARSeL Symposium is the last to be held this millennium and aims to establish a milestone to reflect the tremendous progress which remote sensing has made over the last few years and to open the doors to the 21st century by showing the innovations that the immediate future has to offer us.

The theme of the 1999 Symposium is Remote Sensing in the 21st Century: Economic and Environmental Applications. Two of the most important points are thus underlined: the economic, bringing with it an increase in well-being, help for developing countries and a general improvement in the quality of life and the environment which must be respected, protected and improved in order to offer future generations a better world.

The sessions of the Symposium are divided into disciplines which are listed in the following item. In addition, the Symposium offers the opportunity to organise small meetings among researchers from various laboratories to prepare future projects or to analyse field campaign results, as well as the possibility for specific presentations on the part of commercial firms. The EARSeL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are especially invited to organise extra informal meetings.



Land Applications and Environmental Monitoring

- Desertification and drought monitoring

- Operational applications in agriculture

- Bio-diversity and protected landscapes

- Forest fires, forest management and inventory

- Urbanisation and megacities

- Geological hazard monitoring

- Environmental applications in Latin America

Water Applications

- Coastal zones

- Fisheries

- Pollution monitoring

- Hydrology and oceanography

- Ice and snow

- Lidar techniques

Atmosphere and Global Change

- Air pollution

- Heat flux measurements

- Cloud detection

Data Calibration and Data Correction

Education, Training and New Information Techniques

New Sensors, New Strategies for the 21st Century



The Symposium will be held at the Faculty of Science in The University of Valladolid, Spain in the Aula Magna and in the Aula de Grados. Both conference rooms are equipped with the usual facilities for presentation as well as connection to Internet.

30 May. Sunday

Registration and Ice-Breaker: 19.00-22.00

31 May. Monday

Morning: Registration. Opening Session and keynote presentations Afternoon: Invited overview papers

Evening: Concert of typical Castilian music and buffet dinner.

1 June, Tuesday

Morning: Sessions and General Assembly

Afternoon: Sessions, Poster Session

Evening: Symposium dinner

2 June, Wednesday

Morning: Sessions

Afternoon: Sessions and Poster Session

Evening: Reception

3 June, Thursday

Possibility to hold a specialist workshop and/or SIG meetings



Dr. R.A. Vaughan, EARSeL Chairman




Prof. J.L. Casanova (Univ. of Valladolid), Prof. V. Caselles (Univ. of Valencia), Dr. F. González-Alonso (INIA-Madrid), Dr. J. Mégier (CEC/JRC-Ispra), Prof. E. Parlow (Univ. of Basel), Dr. C. Readings (ESA/ESTEC), Dr. L. Wald (Ecole des Mines de Paris, France)



Prof. J.L. Casanova, Dr. F. González-Alonso, Dr. P. Illera, Dr. A. Pérez-Burgos, Ms J. Sanz and Mrs M. Godefroy.



A commercial exhibition will be held during the Symposium. If you are interested in exhibiting, please mark it on the return card or send a fax/e-mail to:

FAX: Prof. J.L. Casanova, 34-83-423130.





Papers will be presented orally and by poster. The authors should notify the organisers as to the type of presentation they prefer although this will depend on the final programme. An abstract of no more than 500 words (one page of A4) should be sent before 1 October 1998 to:

EARSeL Secretariat Tel: 33-1-45567360

Attn: Mrs. M. Godefroy Fax: 33-1-45567361

2, avenue Rapp e-mail:

F-75340 PARIS Cedex 07


Abstracts should open with a brief account of the state of the art together with the aim of the work. The main part should introduce the methodology used and the results obtained. The final section should offer the conclusions as well as the objectives which have been achieved in the work.

A book of Abstracts will be available for all participants at the Symposium. These should be typed on one side (A4) with single spacing and with all margins 2.5cm. Title, authors and their particulars should appear centred at the top of the page. Times New Roman 12 p is recommended. Submission via e-mail in a WORD for PC compatible format is also possible. Papers accepted and presented will be published in full in the Symposium Proceedings. The deadline for presentation of final manuscripts is 31 May 1999.


Deadline for abstracts 01 October 1998

Authors notified 15 December 1998

Preliminary programme 15 January 1999

Final programme 01 May 1999

Deadline for papers 31 May 1999




The working language will be English


Registration fees:Members/Observers
EARSeL/Spanish RSS
Before 1st May 19991500 FF1600 FF500 FF
After 1st May 19991600 FF1800 FF600 FF

Those registering for the symposium may also attend the workshop for a small supplementary charge.

Registration includes a copy of the Abstracts book, the Symposium proceedings, the conference dinner, the concert as well as the buffet dinner and party. Payment should be made by cheque, payable in French Francs and sent to EARSeL secretariat or by bank transfer to the EARSeL account no. 17643110186/51 at Barclays Bank S.A. ESA Segur Agency in Paris.



Valladolid has a small airport with regular flights to and from Paris, Barcelona and Tenerife although it is more common to travel to Barajas airport in Madrid which has flights to most parts of the world. Valladolid may be reached from Madrid by train or coach. Coaches leave from the Estación Sur de Autobuses and trains leave from Charmartín and Atocha stations. The journey time is around two and a half hours. Exact details of timetables will be given in the Preliminary Programme.

Valladolid may also be reached by motorway via the French border both through Hendaya on the Atlantic coast or Figueras on the Mediterranean coast.



The organising committee has set aside some rooms in the postgraduate halls of residence very near to the Faculty of Science. Reyes Católicos hall of residence costs160 FF/night for a single room and Alfonso VIII hall of residence100 FF/night for a single room and 160 FF/night for a double room. Reservations may be made in these halls of residence by sending a fax to 34-83-423130 or e-mail to Reservations will be made strictly in order of application.

There are also two hotels near to where the Symposium will be held:

Hotel Felipe IV ****

Tel: 34-83-307000

Fax: 34-83-308687

Single room: 450 FF

Hotel Imperial ***

Tel: 34-83-330300

Fax: 34-83-330813

Single room: 300 FF