My Memories on Asian Conference on Remote Sensing

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

I attended the Asian Regional Remote Sensing Training Course in 1984 at the Asian Institute of Technology. After the course I continued conducting a research on the land use and land cover in Narathiwat, the southernmost of the country. The study areas have complex land use and land cover types and most of the satellite images of the areas are cloud covered.
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Message from Professor Shunji Murai

It is my great pleasure to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), here in Hong Kong, China in 1999. On behalf of the Asian Association on Remote Sensing as well as one of the founders of the first ACRS held in Bangkok, Thailand in 1980, I would like to share the gratitude to be able to continue our own conference by Asian, for Asian and with Asian. Now we have become an adult, from a teenager, who should have a duty to be independent truly with our own discipline and spirit.
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The Establishment of Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS)

By Professor Shunji Murai, General Secretary , Asian Association on Remote Sensing

It was the second ACRS, held in Beijing, China when the AARS was established. When the first ACRS was held in Bangkok, Thailand, there was no organization. The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) and Japan Association of Remote Sensing (JARS) sponsored the conference, but these were just only for the first conference. I helped a lot to the conference organization, but I did not have any official position. This was just my personal contribution.

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My Memories of ACRSs

While I have not attended all the conferences of the AARS over the past 20 years, all my memories of those attended are filled with great friendships, great fun and great contributions to the science, technology transfer and applications of remote sensing. The continued success of the Association and the annual conferences is due primarily to Shunji Murai and also Chiwako Fujino who together as a team combined wit, humour, diplomacy, administrative and entertainment abilities, as well as firmness when required. Others who have made a significant contribution, and who I call friends, include Suvit Vibulsresth, Manu Omakupt, Ryutaro Tateisi, Nik Nasruddin and M.U. Chaudhury, among a host of others.
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Memories of ACRS

First of all, congratulations on the 20th anniversary of Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS). For me, it has been a great honor and privilege to be associated with ACRS from the beginning and continued for so many years. ACRS has provided many opportunities and experiences which had been so valuable to young people from all Asian countries in terms of international cooperation, concerted efforts in overcoming some obstacles and modes of coordination at the regional level. No doubt, through ACRS we gain so many new friends and we learn so many new things. Let me now offer my recollections of ACRS.
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Preparing the Asia and Pacific Region for the Information Age in the New Millennium

In the last two decades, Asia and the Pacific Region has gone a long way in remote sensing technology development and applications. Among the driving forces, one of the most significant events was the founding of the Asian Association of Remote Sensing (AARS) in 1981 and the associated academic activities thereafter, in particular the annual Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS).
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My Memories of ACRS and Message to AARS

I sincerely congratulate the 20th anniversary of Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) and the activity of Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS). I also wish to pay my hearty respect to the great efforts of General Secretary and Organizing Committee and concerned staffs, peoples of host countries who made their best to receive and hold the ACRS and arranged various plans such as a welcome party, technical tour, etc. My first participation in ACRS was the 2nd ACRS held in Beijing, China on October 29 – November 4, 1981.
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