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Annual Conference
October 2-4, 2002

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Highlights of the 12th Annual Conference & Workshops

Outstanding Keynote Speakers!

On Thursday, October 3, the Opening Plenary Session will be given by:

  • John Monson, USDA-Farm Service Agency - Promoting Partnerships to Improve Homeland Security
  • Paul Olson, DNR, State of Minnesota - Mapping Ground Zero: Partnerships in Action

John Monson of the USDA Farm Service Agency will team up with Paul Olson of the Minnesota DNR in a concerted effort to discuss the value of multi-agency partnerships and show how such collaboration benefits us in handling Homeland Security issues. This is a great opportunity to experience what it was like to be on the mapping crew at Ground Zero. After the September 11th collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, search and rescue workers from many different agencies across the country were called to help. The Minnesota DNR, Chippewa and Superior National Forests sent about 12 people to New York to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and Rescue teams. This presentation is a very personal photo journal of Paul Olson's two weeks in New York working with the FEMA search and rescue teams.

Friday Lunch Speaker

On Friday, October 4, the Closing Luncheon speaker will be:

  • Ron Onderjka, National Security Imagery Expert - From Hilltop to Hyperspectral

The closing session will discuss imaging and measuring the earth from above. With the perspective of more than 40 years of developing and applying airborne and space remote sensing systems primarily for surveying and mapping, Ron will offer a brief look at how we saw and currently see and record our terrestrial surroundings and nearby planetary neighbors.

Reflections on 16th-century hilltop surveying and terrain depiction, and the similarity to today's 3-D flyovers, bracket the techniques and accomplishments of sensing for military, civil and exploration applications. Tomorrow's images may even "tell us" what the recorded objects are made of via hyperspectral detection.


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