International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing ( ISPRS ) is an international non-governmental organization that enhances international cooperation between the international organizations and 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:

  • Advancing knowledge in the areas of interest of ISPRS by encouraging and facilitating research and development, scientific networking and inter-disciplinary activities
  • Facilitating education and training with special emphasis in less developed countries
  • Enhancing public recognition of the contributions of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information science for the benefit of humankind and the sustainability of the environment

The ISPRS. Each Commission is sponsored by an ISPRS member organization for the four-year period between Congresses. The five Technical Commissions have established around 60 Working Groups which are responsible for particulars within the Commissions. All Technical Commissions hold a Symposium within their country in 2018. Smaller workshops will be organized by the Working Groups before the 2020 Congress is organized from June 28 – July 4, 2020 in Nice, France, by the French Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Http:// ).

Areas of interest of ISPRS


Photogrammetry is used for the derivation of 3D information from land and satellite images for the development of geospatial data 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 scenes with 3D spatial coordinates and other geometric and semantic objects 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 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

Spatial Information Science for analysis, simulation, prediction, visualization purposes. The description and location of objects and features obtained from images, as well as temporal relationships between physical objects and processes. 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 main activities of ISPRS are:

  1. Stimulating the training 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. The International Journal of Photogrammetry and Photogrammetry in the United States of America .

Organization of ISPRS

ISPRS is currently a Society of 92 National, 16 Associate, 15 Regional and 58 Sustaining Societies and Organizations, led by a Council for Policy and Management in Resolutions. . Organizations may join ISPRS as:

  • Ordinary Members: Representing the whole community of photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information specialists in the country or region.
  • Associate Members: Representing a community that has a strong interest in participating in the Society’s affairs, and which is not represented by the Ordinary Member organization of the country.
  • Regional Members: A multi-national association established for the purpose of considering issues of common interest, promoting regional cooperation, convening regional conferences etc.
  • Sustaining Members: Organizations, institutions, agencies or individuals, involved in Society.

Individuals in the activities of the ISPRS member organization. However, they may also join ISPRS as an Individual Member. Individuals interested in contributing to the scientific and technological activities of the Society are encouraged to join the Working Groups which operate under the leadership of the eight Technical Commissions.

ISPRS Council 2016-2020

President: Christian Heipke (Germany)
Secretary General: Lena Halounová (Czech Republic)
First Vice President: Chen Jun (China)
Second Vice President: Charles Toth (USA)
Congress Director: Nicolas Paparoditis (France)
Treasurer: Songnian Li (Canada)

Technical Commissions 2016-2020

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

Commission I Sensor Systems
Commission II photogrammetry
Commission III Remote Sensing
Commission IV Spatial Information Science
Commission V Education and Outreach

TIF – The ISPRS Foundation

The ISPRS Foundation is intended to improve the ability of ISPRS to satisfy its objectives and objectives by administering a broadly-based international program of fund raising to provide individuals and organizations with knowledge and skills. 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 to the efforts of ISPRS in international cooperation and technology transfer.


  • ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences Contain selected double-blind peer-reviewed scientific contributions of ISPRS Congresses, Symposia and a number of Workshops. The series was newly established in 2012.
  • The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, ISPRS Congresses, Symposia and selected Workshops.
  • ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is the official peer-reviewed publication of the Society on photogrammetry and remote sensing. It is published by Elsevier twelve times per year and contains scientific and technical articles and reviews. [1] [2]
  • ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information , International year scientific open access log is geo-information is the official peer-reviewed publication of the Society on geo-information. It is published online by MDPI every three months. [1] [3]
  • ISPRS eBulletin is the official newsletter of the Society, published and distributed electronically about every two months. It contains such items as current news, membership information, references to the ISPRS Annual Reports, reports from ISPRS activities, keynote speeches, book, project and technology reviews, and minutes of Council and Technical Commission meetings.
  • ISPRS Book Series includes high quality refereed papers from ISPRS Congresses, Symposia or Workshops, to provide information to a wider international audience.
  • ISPRS web site ( ) contains a large part of the material from the above information sources.

International links

ISPRS is actively involved in the work of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management ( UN-GGIM ), the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space ( COPUOS ) The International Council for Science ( ICSU ) and has significant relationships with several other international scientific societies.

See also

  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • CIPA (organization)


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