Southeast Asia is primed to embrace this digital revolution. There is a high level of interest from governments, businesses, and individuals in the region to support the growth of the digital economy and maximize its benefits.”[1] “In 2018, a report by Google and Temasek referred to Vietnam’s digital economy as a “dragon being unleashed.” This year, the same report put Vietnam and Indonesia as countries the forefront of Southeast Asia’s digital economy growth.”[2] “New digital technologies are changing the way we work and live, and offer us new opportunities to deliver sustained and inclusive economic growth and address the shared and unique challenges that we face in our countries, regions and as a global community. The integration of Earth observation, and particularly remote sensing data, into the digital economy is critical for this to happen.”[3] Vietnam is proud to be a partner in the global remote sensing community and lead this charge on behalf of the Southeast Asia region to promote the use of remote sensing data in building applications and develop national and regional capacity to secure the environment and build safe societies.

ISRSE convened for the first time in 1962, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and is the world’s oldest remote sensing conference. It is currently convened on a biennial basis by the International Centre on Remote Sensing of Environment (ICRSE) and the International Committee on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ICORSE), a standing committee of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

ISRSE is widely acknowledged to be one of the most significant gatherings of the international remote sensing community. The Symposium is focused on promoting the use of remote sending across the full value chain, from fundamental research on Earth system processes to operational applications, innovative techniques and future missions, as well as capacity development, communications and outreach.

Earth observation presents a unique opportunity in Southeast Asia and the adjacent regions of Asia and Oceania for cooperation and sharing of best practices in the proactive management of disease outbreaks; natural resources and the environment; responses to natural hazards and disasters; agriculture and food security; weather forecasting; and climate-change mitigation and adaptation. ISRSE-39 therefore intends to attract significant numbers of remote-sensing experts to exchange views on scientific results, new applications and major programmes.

The 2022 Symposium also presents an opportunity to strengthen the existing linkages and develop new areas of cooperation between Vietnam’s institutions and key actors in the Asia and global Earth observation community. The Symposium will also provide attendees the opportunity to explore Hanoi and Vietnam’s unique natural and cultural heritage.

[1] https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/328941558708267736/the-digital-economy-in-southeast-asia-strengthening-the-foundations-for-future-growth

[2] https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/digital-economy-vietnam-building-foundations-future-growth

[3] https://www.earthobservations.org/geo_blog_obs.php?id=341