About ACRS

The Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) is an annual event spearheaded by the Asian Association of Remote Sensing (AARS) (Asian Association of Remote Sensing (AARS); the Asia's largest society of remote sensing scientists and professionals. The objective of AARS is to promote Remote Sensing through exchange of information, mutual cooperation and international understanding and goodwill amongst the member countries of Asia-Pacific Region. One of major activities of ACRS held yearly is to promote Remote Sensing to collect update spatial information in the world.

ACRS was first organized in 1980 in Bangkok, Thailand. Since then, ACRS conferences were conducted in many Asian cities with the voluntary participation of the host country and researchers, educators, professionals, and students coming from all over the world. It has been sustained with the following philosophy:

  • Friendship First and Money After!
  • For Asian, by Asian and with Asian!
  • Asian style with Asian culture!

ACRS was first organized in Sri Lanka in 1983. Thereafter, it was organized in Sri Lanka in 1996 and 2008. The Survey Department of Sri Lanka had been the hosting organization of ACRS on these past three occassions. For the past three years, ACRS had been organized in Manila, Philliphines (2015), in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar (2014) and in Bali, Indonesia (2013). This year 2016, it will be the 37th ACRS, and the Sri Lanka will be the host country for the fourth time around. It will be jointly organized by AARS and the Sri Lankan Geosciences.

ACRS 2016: Promoting Spatial data Infrastructure for Sustainable Economic Development

This year, ACRS 2016 will bring together students, researchers, scientists, engineers, policy makers, professionals and practitioners from developed and developing countries from and around Asia to share insights into the challenges and opportunities of Remote Sensing and related geospatial technologies in building resilience and encouraging economic growth and development in one, dynamic Asia. The conference takes place at a significant moment when disasters and climate change continues to negatively impact our people and the community. The conference, therefore, will provide an outstanding opportunity to learn and explore how Remote Sensing will help us build resilience to these disturbances and to strengthen our capability to adapt to impact and change.


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