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7th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
"Application of Earth Observation and Geoinformation for Governance in Africa"

On October 27-31, 2008, Dr. Linda Hayden, Director of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) and Mr. Anthony Adade, ECSU Chief Information Officer, attended the 7th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment in Accra, Ghana. This event was sponsored by the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) which is the organization responsible for all GIS remote sensing activities in Africa.

AARSE conferences are attended by professionals, researchers, educators, and students from around the world. Participants discussed the role of Earth observation technologies and geoinformation sciences in production of affordable geospatial data sets for good government driven development and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Hayden and Mr. Adade jointly presented "Implementing Cyberinfrastructure In Support of Greenland and Antarctic SAR Data Sets" (Presentation - PDF). This presentation gave information regarding the establishment of the Cyberinfrastructure Center for Polar Science, a partnership between University of Kansas, Indiana University, and Elizabeth City State University for the integration of spatial data infrastructure and information & communication technology in the research of ice shelves in Western Antarctica and in southern Greenland. Dr. Geoffrey Fox of Indiana University was a co-author on this paper.

Dr. Gilbert Rochon of Purdue University also presented "Early Warning & Mitigation Systems for Vector-Borne & Zoonotic Diseases" which was co-authored by Mr. Kaiem Frink, an ECSU graduate student.

Hayden - Adade Mr. Anthony Adade and Dr. Linda Hayden present during AARSE 2008 in Accra, Ghana
The Wheel of Progress, with six spokes symbolizing the six community capitals- natural, physical, cultural, social, economic and human. At the core of the wheel is sound natural resources management and sustainable environment. A nation’s capacity and capability for attaining the goal rests on the six assets.
  Dr. Linda Hayden presenting Polar Grid operations and interoperability.
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