International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Abbreviation ISPRS
Formation 1910
Region served
Official language
English, French, German
Chen Jun, China
Parent organization
International Council for Science
Website ISPRS Official website

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is an international non-governmental organization that enhances international cooperation between the worldwide organizations with interests in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. Established in 1910, ISPRS is the oldest international umbrella organization in its field, which may be summarized as addressing “information from imagery”. ISPRS achieves its aims by:

The ISPRS scientific and technical programs are organized by eight Technical Commissions. Each Commission is sponsored by an ISPRS member organization for the four-year period between Congresses. The eight Technical Commissions have established more than 60 Working Groups which are responsible for particular topics within the Commissions’ areas of responsibility. All Technical Commissions hold a Symposium within their country in 2014. Smaller workshops will be organized by the Working Groups before the 2016 Congress is organised from July 12–19, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic, by the Czech Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (

Areas of interest of ISPRS


Photogrammetry is used for the derivation of 3D information of points, lines and areas on the terrain from aerial and satellite images for the development of geospatial databases and spatial information systems (SIS). The data can be used in digital, graphical and orthophoto forms as maps, charts and overlays. Photogrammetry is also used for the general measurement and interpretation of objects from images, image sequences, and other non-contact techniques, by providing precise 3D point coordinates and other geometric and semantic object information for populating spatial databases and for creating virtual reality 3D scenes with real-life textured models.

Remote Sensing

Remotely sensed observations of the Earth from air- and space-borne sensors provide the basis for mapping of human and natural activities; for monitoring change; for assessing and mitigating disasters; for identifying and assessing non-renewable resources; for monitoring temporal changes in weather, land and sea cover; and for many other applications. Spatial and semantic descriptions of objects and features are derived from 3D measurements of imagery, and the interpretation of their spectral and semantic attributes from panchromatic, multispectral and other remotely sensed data.

Spatial Information Sciences

The description and location of objects and features obtained from images, as well as temporal relationships between physical objects and processes, can be integrated with other data using approaches from Spatial Information Science for analysis, simulation, prediction, visualization purposes. Spatial Information Science is being applied in urban and infrastructure planning, land and resource management, monitoring the environment, and understanding many other natural and man-made processes and phenomena.

Activities of ISPRS

The principal activities of ISPRS are:

  1. Stimulating the formation of national and regional Societies of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences.
  2. Initiating and coordinating research in photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences.
  3. Holding international Congresses, Symposia and Workshops at regular intervals.
  4. Ensuring worldwide circulation of the records of discussion and the results of research by publication of the International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences" and the newly established peer-reviewed "International Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences .
  5. Encouraging the publication and exchange of scientific papers and journals dealing with the areas of interest to ISPRS, in particular in the ISPRS Journals on Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.

(see Statute IV of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing).

Organization of ISPRS

ISPRS is currently a Society composed of 91 national and 14 regional societies and organizations, led by a Council for policy direction and management in accordance with Resolutions set forth by its General Assembly, which convenes every four years in a Congress. Organizations may join ISPRS as:

Individuals usually participate in the activities of the Society through affiliation of an ISPRS Member organization. Individuals interested in contributing to the scientific and technologic activities of the Society are encouraged to join one of the Working Groups which operate under the leadership of the eight Technical Commissions.

ISPRS Council 2012-2016

President: Chen Jun (China)
Secretary General: Christian Heipke (Germany)
First Vice President: Orhan Altan (Turkey)
Second Vice President: Marguerite Madden (USA)
Congress Director: Lena Halounová (Czech Republic)
Treasurer: Jon Mills (United Kingdom)

Technical Commissions 2012-2016

The technical commissions are responsible for, and manage all aspects of, the scientific and technical activities of ISPRS.

Commission I Sensors and Platforms for Remote Sensing
Commission II Theory and Concepts of Spatial Information Science
Commission III Photogrammetric Computer Vision and Image Analysis
Commission IV Geospatial Databases and Location Based Services
Commission V Close-Range Imaging, Analysis and Applications
Commission VI Education, Technology Transfer and Capacity Development
Commission VII Thematic Processing, Modeling and Analysis of Remotely Sensed Data
Commission VII Remote Sensing Applications and Policies

ISPRS Foundation

The ISPRS Foundation is intended to improve the ability of ISPRS to satisfy its aims and objectives, by administering a broadly-based international program of fund raising to provide grants to qualified individuals and organizations, who are pursuing and/or applying knowledge for advancing the sciences and technologies associated with the disciplines embodied by ISPRS. The Foundation raises, invests and grants funds on an unrestricted basis for this purpose. It contributes significantly to the efforts of ISPRS in international cooperation and technology transfer.


International Links

ISPRS is an active member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The Society has significant relations with several arms of the UN, related international scientific societies, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). ISPRS works with the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs to organize workshops and has representatives on CEOS and ISO Working Groups.

See also


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