EMSR in Sanya, 25 to 27 November 2015

The Belt and Road Initiatives, two major strategies in China to bring the world and China together in a new era of international cooperation is expected to fully open China to the outside world and boost China’s economic cooperation with many of its neighbours and partners over the long-term. The 21stCentury Maritime Silk Road strategy facilitate the connectivity between China and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, enhancing exchanges and collaborations in marine economy, ecological protection, disaster management, science and technology innovation, heritage and tourism development, and other fields that are of mutual interest and benefit to China and ASEAN. The implementation of the 21stCentury Maritime Silk Road strategy will profoundly influence the further integration of China and ASEAN into the global economy.

Earth observation technologies have the advantages of macro, rapid, accurate monitoring of changes of terrestrial ecosystems. They play a significant role in study of resources and environment from the perspective of national strategies and are of great significance for the construction of the 21stMaritime Silk Road as well as for the preliminary planning and an overarching strategy for the Belt and Road Initiative. It is the mission of governments to support and strengthen the applications of space technologies and provide fundamental and scientific support for the 21stCentury Maritime Silk Road Initiative. Smart application of space technologies will be critical in ensuring sustainable development of natural resources and the conservation and management of critical ecosystems and cultural heritage. China, by sharing its skills and competencies in space technologies with ASEAN and other countries who will be partners in the development and implementation of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative will favourably optimize its reputation and diplomatic standing among its neighbours and partners over the long-term.

The Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), together with Sanya Municipal People’s Government, will convene International Symposium on Earth Observation for Maritime Silk Road (EMSR) in Sanya, Hainan, from 25 to 27 November 2015. The symposium is aimed to boost the communication and cooperation in space technologies among the countries along the Maritime Silk Road and discuss the potential contributions of earth observation technologies that could make towards the establishment of a platform for high-level exchange between academics, research scientists and resource management practitioners. 

Taking the advantages of Hainan and Sanya's geographic location as strategic strongholds along the 21stCentury Maritime Silk Road Initiative and RADI’s strength in earth observation science and technologies, the symposium will focus on the theme of “Earth Observations for Maritime Silk Road Initiative”. The symposium will include presentations and discussions on a number of themes, including digital earth and spatial information infrastructure, coastal and marine ecosystems, resources and environment, harbour and port cities development, disaster risk reduction, natural and cultural heritage, and tourism. The organizing committee has invited renowned experts and scholars to attend the symposium, in order to enhance its exchanges and cooperation between universities, research institutions and policy makers and resource managers at home and abroad, thereby creating a favourable platform for international communication and collaboration. 


Important Dates


August 15, 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline      

September10, 2015

Abstracts Acceptance Notification   

September 10, 2015

Early-bird Registration

October 20, 2015

Early-bird Registration Deadline

October 20, 2015

Paper Submission Deadline

November 24, 2015

On-site Registration

November 25-27, 2015

Opening Ceremony

Technical Sessions

Symposium Website: http://emsr2015.radi.ac.cn


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