Our Map of the Month series is back with a Chinese atlas for October: “Chang’E-1 Topographic Atlas of the Moon” published by the National Astronomical Observatories at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It received the third jury prize in the category “Atlases” at the International Cartographic Exhibition at ICC 2013 in Dresden.
Dear Colleagues and friends:
As a collaboration among ISPRS, IGU and ICA, we are going to organize a joint Workshop on Borderlands Modeling and Understanding for Global Sustainability. It will be organized from December 5 to 6, 2013, in Beijing. The main purpose is to promote inter-disciplinary scientific research and academic exchange on the application of imagery and geo-information in borderlands understanding. Please check out the website or read the call for paper PDF.
May I ask you to have a look at the announcement and pass this information to your colleagues and students as well as those people who might be interested?
The following meetings and workshops are organized or co-organized by the ICA Commission on Atlases in 2012:
“National Atlases in the Formation of the Global Information Space”, 5th All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Conference “National Mapping”
September 13-14, Kiev (Ukraine)
Venue: Kiev House of Scientists, Kiev, Volodymyrska str., 45А
Organizers: National Committee of Geographers of Ukraine, Ukrainian Geographical Society, ICA Commission on Atlases, Ukrainian Cartographic Association, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (Institute of Geography), State Scientific and Production Enterprise “Kartographia”
Topics: Characteristics of national and regional atlases of different countries of the world, modern conceptual approaches to the creation of national and regional atlases, problems of information reflection and coordination of thematics of border regions maps, Software and technology of creation of paper and electronic versions of Continue reading
Prof. CHEN Shupeng (1920–2008), founder of remote sensing and geographic information system studies in China, died on 25 November in Beijing.
Prof. Chen, an expert in geography, cartography and remote sensing application, was born in Pingxiang, Jiangxi Province in February 1920. He was graduated from Zhejiang University in 1941 and received his master degree from the university in 1947. In 1950, Prof. Chen joined the former CAS Institute of Geography, a predecessor of the CAS Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research.
In the 1950s, Prof. Chen energetically pushed forward the compilation and publication of national atlases of China. In the 1960s, he initiated the aerial photo interpretation and computer-aided mapping. In the 1970s, he devoted himself to the development of remote sensing application and organized airborne remote sensing experiments of natural resources and urban environment. In the 1980s, he took charge of the standardization of Chinese information system of resources and environment, made preparations for the establishment of a State key laboratory and served as its first director, designed an information system which has been used to assess flood damages in the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow and Yangtze rivers. After that, he joined the studies of global change.
Prof. Chen was elected a CAS Member in 1980. He was also a member of the World Academy for Developing World and the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences. He was an honorary member of France Geographical Society, and an honorary director of the CAS Institute of Remote Sensing Application. He was the founder of State Key Lab of Resources and Environmental Information System.
Liao Ke is a researcher in the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, and Director of the Cartography and GIS Committee in the Chinese Geographic Society. His interests include thematic and complex mapping, mapping with remote sensing, computer cartography, map use and cartographic theory, and the role of cartography in modern Society and in sustainable development. He is editor in chief of “National Physical Atlas of China” and “Atlas of Qinghai-Xizang Plateau”. He is also co-editor of “National Economic Atlas of China,” “The Population Atlas of China,” and “Atlas of Ecological Environment in the Beijing-Tianjin Area.” He has published more than 100 articles and 4 monographs, has edited 8 books, and has received many national and local honors. The “National Physical Atlas of China” won a prize for excellence in the international maps exhibition of the ICA.
Professor Liao Ke has attended all ICA conferences since 1980. He has been a member of the Commission on National and Regional Atlases, for which he successfully organized a seminar in China and two Chinese atlas exhibitions in Beijing. He took an active part in the work of preparing for 20th ICC in Beijing and has served on the ICA Awards Committee.
For his contributions to ICA and for his many contributions to cartography, Prof. Liao Ke is awarded an ICA Honorary Fellowship.
Professor Chen Shupeng is the honorary director of the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He was the first director of the State Key Lab of Resources and Environment Information Systems. Professor Chen initialized in China the research in such geo-sciences fields as automated cartography, remote sensing applications and geographic information systems (GIS). He accomplished his four-volume Probe in Geo-sciences and has supervised more than 50 graduate students at the Ph.D. and MSc levels. He is now advocating research in geographic information science.
He is also the chief expert of the pilot project Mechanism and Transformation of Remote Sensing Information (1998) granted by the National Natural Science Foundation.
He has published more than 20 books, atlases, and dictionaries, which have won him 27 prizes of various sorts, such as the National Award, Distinguished Contribution in China (1991), Special Golden Award for Environmental Science (1993), Geo-science Award, Liang-He li Foundation of Hong Kong (1996), and the Miller Cartographic Award, The American Geographic Society (1998).
Professor Chen held the full membership of the Committee of Geographic Data Acquisition of the International Geographic Union (1984-1991) and was a full member of the Committee on Geographic Modelling (1996-2000). As an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1980-), the Third World Academy of Sciences (1992-) and International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (1995-), and a member of editorial boards of three international GIS journals, he significantly strengthened international academic cooperation and exchange between China and the world.
For his national leadership, his years of distinguished service, and his outstanding contributions to cartography, Professor Chen Shupeng is awarded the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal.
Prof. Hu Yuju is a professor in cartography in Wuhan University. He is well known in cartography in China and has published over ten books on cartography, especially on map projections. He was a member of the first delegation of the Chinese Society for Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography to the ICA, that is to the 6th ICA General Assembly in Tokyo in 1980 when China joined ICA as a national member. He was ICA Vice President for 2 terms in the period of 1984-1991. Prof. Hu Yuju has actively participated in the organization of the Seminar on Computer-aided Cartography in Wuhan in 1981 and the Seminar on Advanced Cartographic Education and Training in Wuhan in 1986. He was the organizer of the ICA Executive Committee meeting in Wuhan in 1990, including many other ICA activities in the last 20 years.