- Mar,201601Deadline for Abstract
- Apr,201623Deadline for Full Paper
The International Symposium on Earth Observation for One Belt and One Road (EOBAR) will be held in Beijing on 16-17 May 2016. Co-hosted by the Division of Earth Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and related ministries, commissions, and international organizations, the conference will provide an international platform for scientists who are engaged in "One Belt One Road” (OBOR) research and the applications of space-based Earth observation technology. Thus, it gives me a great pleasure to invite you to attend the conference.
Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the initiative of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” (abbreviated as “One Belt One Road” initiative, or OBOR for short). The “Silk Road Economic Belt” links the Asia-Pacific economic circle in the east with the well-developed European economic circle in the west, whilst the “Maritime Silk Road” links the major port cities in China with Southeast, South, West Asian countries and even the countries beyond Asia, making OBOR a smooth, safe and highly efficient transport corridor with high potential for development worldwide. Now, OBOR has become China’s most important milestone and international cooperation framework, with wide coverage in both scope of cooperation and geographic areas. In addition, it will lead to a long-term development.
The OBOR initiative covers a vast area and involves many countries and a large population, facing numerous problems related to sustainable development that need to be addressed by nations and stakeholders through close cooperation. Space-based Earth observation technology, with its synoptic view and rapid, accurate, objective data acquisition, is an effective means for environmental observation, and it can provide OBOR countries with important tools to conduct dynamic regional analyses of the ecological environment and development potential of these countries. Therefore, it will strengthen cooperation and sustainable development in the region.
With a focus on spatial cognition along the OBOR, the conference will invite experts, scholars and managers from both at home and abroad to exchange ideas on the progress and achievements of OBOR using Earth observation technologies. Topics will include spatial information infrastructure and capacity building, natural and cultural heritage conservation, space technologies for disaster mitigation, sharing platforms, resources, and the ecological environment. These discussions will develop follow-up work and potential cooperation activities for OBOR in the field of Earth observation.
The conference will be a key platform for OBOR countries to promote spatial information sharing and bilateral and multilateral international cooperation. We sincerely wish the conference a big success and look forward to your participation in Beijing.
Chairman of the International Symposium on EOBAR