Remote sensing of Earth and planetary surface in India was started in Ahmedabad more than 40 years back. Space Applications Centre and Physical Research laboratory are two main government institutes initiating many remote sensing programmes for India. Indian satellites payload development, data processing and applications for natural resource management had been successfully done since late seventies. Physical research laboratory is conducting fundamental research in planetary science, earth science and atmospheric science. In addition, Academic institutes like CEPT University, PDP University (PDPU), Nirma University, Indian Institute of Technology etc are conducting advance research in earth and planetary science. A number of industries in Ahmedabad region are contributing towards commercialization of space technology. Thus, Ahmedabad chapter forms a hub of space technology involving sensor system, signal processing and application of data. All these activities have to be further sharpened through interactions with experts at various national and international platforms. The IEEE GRSS Gujarat Chapter has a unique environment with members as senior researchers, academician and a large number of middle level and young researchers. Additionally, student’s community of doctoral (PhD), graduates in engineering & technology and graduates in science (M Sc course) forms a large number of aspirants working in space technology. All these activities involving young and senior researchers provide a platform to form IEEE-GRSS Gujarat Chapter. The Chapter aim towards bringing together the professionals, students, researchers, academicians and corporate sector of this region on a common platform to exchange and coordinate their ideas, and, through collaboration with other Indian and International societies and Institutes and to promote professional collaboration by focusing the need for science and operational applications. Based on these aspects, Ahmedabad IEEE-GRSS Chapter is formed to facilitate the promotion & exchange of ideas and networking among professionals at regional and international level.
i) Bringing the professional, researchers, academicians, students from remote sensing discipline of the region on a common platform under the banner of IEEE GRSS.
ii) Interactions with international experts to propose the new techniques of studies keeping in view of the special needs of the region. Also, how to best use the available resources for a comprehensive study in the area of earth and planetary science study.
iii) Attract more young students/researchers to get involved in the field and IEEE GRSS activities through awareness programs.
iv) Develop special lectures on remote sensing for earth and planetary purpose with case studies from the region.
v) Involve industry to arrange roundtable for dialogue on remote sensing for earth and planetary science.
With these aim in mind, IEEE GRSS Gujarat chapter was formed on 3rd May 2013. The chapter with strength of 26 members distributed among various institutes of Gujarat. Members are from Institutes like Space Applications Centre/ISRO, Physical Research Laboratory, CEPT University, NIRMA University, Gujarat University, M S University, St Xavier’s College, M G Science College, Nascent Info technology and independent professionals. Thus, a large number of community’s representations make the Chapter most lively in its performance. In a short span of time, Chapter has organized three technical lectures from Space Technology experts, One National conference and One International Conference. The present newsletter is the first of our efforts in popularizing the space Science and applications. I congratulate all our members for their significant contribution towards excellent activities and growth of Chapter..