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  • Cumulative Issue #136 September 2005 ISSN 0161-7869

    http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/grss/newsletter/grssnewshome.html Editor: Adriano Camps

  • 2 IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Newsletter September 2005

    Table of ContentsIEEE GRS-S ADCom, Officers and Committee Chairs ............................2

    Editors Comments..................................3

    Presidents Message................................3

    Editorial Board Members ........................4

    AdCom Members...................................5

    Chapters and Contact Information...........6

    GRS-MEMBERS HIGHLIGHTSUA Electrical Engineering Prof. JohnReaganWins Top NASA Award..................7

    2004 Canadian Remote Sensing SocietysGold Medal Award ....................................8

    2005 Canadian Remote Sensing SocietysGold Medal Award ....................................8

    Certificate of Appreciation Presented to TaraJensen........................................................9

    GRS-S Members Elevated to the Grade ofSenior Member ..........................................9

    National Science Foundation Awards Grantto Create National Polar Ice Research Center9

    PACE PIECEAvoid the Top Five Resume Mistakes......10

    Amendment to the GRS-S Constitution ...10

    UNIVERSITY PROFILERemote Sensing at the Department ofRadio and Space Science, ChalmersUniversity of Technology .......................11

    INDUSTRIAL PROFILEZAX Millimeter Wave Corporation ........18

    FEATURE ARTICLEDual Sensor Alis Evaluation Test inAfganistan...........................................22

    Upcoming Conferences.............................28

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    Postal Information and Copyright NoticeIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Newsletter (ISSN 0161-7869) is published quarterly by theGeoscience and Remote Sensing Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.,Headquarters: 3 Park Avenue, 17th floor, New York, NY 10016-5997. $1.00 per member per year(included in Society fee) for each member of the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Soc.. Printed inU.S.A. Periodicals postage paid at New York, NY and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Sendaddress changes to IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Newsletter, IEEE, 445 Hoes Lane,Piscataway, NJ 08854. 2005 IEEE. Permission to copy without fee all or part of any material without a copyright notice isgranted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage, and thetitle of the publication and its date appear on each copy. To copy material with a copyright noticerequires special permission. Please direct all inquiries or requests to the IEEE Copyrights Manager.IEEE Customer Service Phone: +1 732 981 1393, Fax:+1 732 981 9667.

    IEEE GRS-S AdCom, Officers and CommitteeChairs 2005 GRS-29 (Division IX)

    Newsletter Input and Deadlines The following is the schedule for the GRS-S Newsletter. If you would like to con-tribute an article, please submit your input according to this schedule. Input ispreferred in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or ASCII for IBM format (please senddisk and hard copy) as IEEE now uses electronic publishing. Other word process-ing formats, including those for Macintosh, are also acceptable, however, pleasebe sure to identify the format on the disk and include the hard copy.

    GRS-S Newsletter ScheduleMonth June Sept Dec MarchInput April 15 July 15 Oct 15 Jan 15

    PresidentAlbin J. GasiewskiExecutive Vice PresidentLeung TsangVice President for TechnicalActivitiesPaul SmitsVice President for Meetingsand SymposiaMelba M. CrawfordVice President for Operationsand FinanceKaren M. St. Germain Vice President forProfessional ActivitiesKamal SarabandiSecretaryThomas J. JacksonDirector of FinanceJames A. GatlinDirector of EducationGranville E. Paules IIIAwardsWerner WiesbeckChapter ActivitiesSteven C. Reising,Conference CoordinationMelba Crawford, Paul SmitsConstitution and BylawsLeung Tsang, Kiyo Tomiyasu

    Fellow EvaluationDavid GoodenoughFellow SearchD. M. LeVineMembershipAnthony MilneNominationsMartti Hallikainen Public Relations/PublicityDavid WeissmanStandards and MetricJon A. BenediktssonStrategic PlanningAndrew J. BlanchardTechnical ActivitiesPaul SmitsTransactions EditorJon A. BenediktssonGRS Letters Editor William EmeryNewsletter EditorAdriano CampsPast PresidentCharles LutherIGARSS 2005Wooil M. MoonIGARSS 2006V. ChandrasekarA. J. GasiewskiIGARSS 2007Ignasi Corbella

    PACEPaul RacetteSociety on SocialImplications of TechnologyKeith Raney2005 AdCom MembersMelba M. CrawfordWilliam GailDavid G. GoodenoughKaren M. St. GermainSteven C. ReisingPaul Smits2006 AdCom MembersMartti T. HallikainenEllsworth LeDrew David M. LeVine Alberto Moreira Kamal Sarabandi Leung Tsang2007 AdCom MembersAndrew J. Blanchard Albin J. Gasiewski Thomas J. Jackson Nahid Khazenie Anthony K. Milne Jay PearlmanHonorary Life MembersKeith R. CarverKiyo TomiyasuFawwaz T. UlabyWerner Wiesbeck

  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Newsletter September 2005 3

    Presidents Message

    Arguably, we live in a rapidly changing world where econom-ic and political boundaries are continually being redrawn. Uponthe end of the cold war many respected thinkers justifiablybelieved the stage to be set for world-wide economic growthand stability but particularly within the North American andEurasian populations who were relieved of the immediate bur-den of detante. Who could have anticipated that we would wit-ness such major shifts as we see today in manufacturing andinformation services to India and Asia? The rapid growth inprosperity within these regions is a testimony to both the inven-tiveness and tenacity of all peoples, but also the flow of infor-mation in an electronically connected world managed by stablegovernments. As we see clearly in retrospect, complex systemssupport inherently unpredictable modes.

    Along with economic success, however, we are also wit-nessing very predictable strains on both world resources andthe environment. While population growth may be stabilizing

    in a number of countries, the per capita usage of resources andassociated generation of by-products continues, on average,to grow. One can hope that the gains that accompany thisnewfound prosperity will be invested in ways that optimizeour use of minerals, fossil fuels, agricultural land, fresh water,and marine resources while maintaining the stability of ournatural environment. As our IGARSS 2005 conference theme,Harmony between Man and Nature alluded, geoscience andremote sensing play major roles in the observation and con-trol of our highly nonlinear and dynamic global system.

    Observability and controllability are not only fundamentalto the global economy and environment, but also to theGeoscience and Remote Sensing Society per se. During thelate 1990s the GRS-S AdCom was keenly aware of thebreadth of geopolitical change taking place and the potentialimpacts on our Society. To accommodate the conditions of thetime the AdCom elected to begin formal strategic planning asa means of identifying the state of the Society and definingand maintaining a desired direction in the face of uncertainty.The process began during a two-day retreat in the fall of 1997in Helsinki, and culminated in the identification of a set ofstrategic overarching goals which have become cornerstonesof GRS-S management for the past eight years. These goals,all of which are rooted in improved members services andgrowth of the Society within the global remote sensing com-munity, have emphasized expansion in the following areas: Conference offerings Continuing education offerings Journal offerings Trans-organizational interfaces

    Dr. Albin J. GasiewskiPresident, IEEE GRSSNOAA EnvironmentalTechnology Lab325 Broadway R/ET1Boulder, CO 80305-3328,USAPhone: 303-497-7275E-Mail:al.gasiewski@noaa.gov

    continued on page 4

    Cover Information: The Odin satellite. The main antenna is 1.1 m in diameter and the satellite weight 230 kg. (Picture courtesy of the Swedish Space Corporation). See University Profile article for more details.

    Editors Comments

    First of all, I would like to welcome back Mrs. TariroCharakupa-Chingono, our Associate Editor for African Affairs,who has recently recovered from a severe illness. From theselines I also want to congratulate Prof. Reagan, Dr. Goodenough,and Prof. LeDrew for the awards they have recently received inrecognition of their work, and the 17 GRS-S members elevated

    to Senior Member since January 2005. Again, this is a full 32 page issue and some of the con-

    tributions received have had to be postponed to theDecember 2005 issue. Since, at the time of preparing thisissue we are also making the final preparations for our tripto IGARSS, the December issue will also include thereports on IGARSS 05 and the Awards presented.

    In this September issue you will find plenty of pieces ofinformation that may be of your interest, and three mainarticles: A University Profile describing the very interesting

    activities carried out in the field of remote sensing at theChalmers University of Technology, in Sweden,

    An Industrial Profile describing the activ