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Grassland Remote Sensing International Conference June 27-29th

posted May 17, 2012

June 27-29, 2012
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK Canada

Grassland remote sensing provides tools for estimating grassland productivity, improving grassland management, grazing optimization, habitat mapping, modeling, and climate change adaptation. With support from ISTPCanada, this conference aims to share research experience and forecast or maybe evaluate future directions in grassland research. A special issue of the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing will be used to publish papers from this conference (subject to peer review).

The conference will facilitate research on the interactions between grasslands, climate change, and human activities. It will include modeling, field experiments, remote sensing applications, web-based GIS system monitoring, and others.

Conference Themes:
• Grassland Monitoring/modeling
• Field methods in grassland
• GIS in grassland ecosystem
• Grassland disturbances: Grazing/Burning/etc
• Climate Change
• Others

Conference Date: June 27-29, 2012
Location: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2012 (Closed)
Author Notification: March 15, 2012
Full paper due for the Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing: Sept. 1, 2012
Registration Fee: $250/ person; $100/student. Verification of a student status will be needed.
Field Trip: Grasslands National Park of Canada (June 29, 2012).


Park Town Hotel
Address: 924 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, Sask., S7K 3H5
Tel: 306-244-5564 • Fax: 306-665-8698
Book before May 24, 2012 for conference rate of $125 + taxes (Standard Guestroom), or rate of $135 + taxes for a standard guestroom with river views.
Room block reserved for: Group Reservation Number 083180 or Grassland Remote Sensing Conference.
The Park Town Hotel offers 172 immaculate guest rooms, many with spectacular river views. In-room amenities include coffee, tea, full cable television and high-speed internet access, iron, fridge and hair dryer. With executive guests in mind, they designed their business-class rooms with king-sized beds, a river view and a desk.

Other accommodations available in Saskatoon include:
Hilton Garden Inn
- (306) 244-2311
Hotel Senator - (306) 244-6141
Sheraton Cavalier - (306) 652-6770
4 Points by Sheraton - (306) 933-9889

Abstract shall be no more than 250 words in length and shall convey the overall conclusions or direction of current research by summarizing the work. The abstracts are to be submitted via e-mail to:

Abstract proposals are to be submitted in the following format:

  • MS Word document, single spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font with 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins.
  • Include the author name(s) with affiliation and contact information, including e-mail address.
  • Indicate the presenting author with an asterisk (*).
  • Please state your preference for Oral or Poster presentation, and the Session Themes (no more than three) which are best addressed by the submission.

Note that the Scientific Committee reserves the right to re-allocate presentations to fit within the conference program. Further information will be provided via the web site in the near future

Organization committee:
Dr. Dirk de Boer, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Mohammad Kamal, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Shibo Fang, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China
Mr. James Finnigan, Western Heritage, Canada
Mr. Michael Fitzsimmons, Grasslands National Park of Canada, Canada
Dr. Xulin Guo, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Hong Wang, Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre, AAFC, Canada

Scientific committee:
Dr. Xulin Guo, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Guodong Han, Inner Mongolia Agriculture University, China
Dr. Yuhong He, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Zhangbao Ma, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Joe Piwowar, University of Regina, Canada
Dr. Kevin Price, Kansas State University, USA
Dr. Ann Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada
Dr. Shusen Wang, Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing, Canada
Dr. John Wilmshurst, Parks Canada, Canada
Dr. Chunhua Zhang, Eastern Tennessee State University, USA
Dr. Mengli Zhao, Inner Mongolia Agriculture University, China

Note: International attendants who require an invitation letter should contact the conference as soon as possible because it takes time to apply for entering Canada visa. Please direct enquiries to: Dr. Xulin Guo at

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