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RSPSoc Special Interest Groups

The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) act as focal points for members of the Society within particular specialist or application areas to meet and share ideas.

There are two categories of SIGs: those existing as an autonomous group in their own right and/or jointly affiliated to an organisation other than RSPSoc, called Affiliated Special Interest Groups and those wholly owned by RSPSoc. Both types aim to:

  • Convene one technical meeting a year with not less than one meeting every two years.
  • Appoint a Convenor who will liaise with members of Council.
  • Supply an annual report and, from time to time, report to RSPSoc Council through the SIG committee.
  • Respond to enquiries from established and joining RSPSoc members about the SIG


See below for a list of current SIGs operating in RSPSoc. If you would like to join one, contact the SIG convener.

Archaeology SIG

The Archaeology SIG aims to encourage the exchange of research and methodology between remote sensing scientists and archaeologists, especially those concerned with methods of site prospection and novel applications.

Read more: Archaeology SIG

Disaster Management SIG

Disaster Management Special Interest Group

The aim of the Disaster Manaagement SIG is to promote best practice and innovative applications in the use of remote sensing and photogrammetry in all aspects of disaster management, both pre-disaster (e.g. disaster preparedness; hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment) and post-disaster (e.g. crisis response, damage estimation and disaster recovery).

Read more: Disaster Management SIG


GRSG is an association of enthusiasts keen on the geological aspects of remote sensing, which is jointly affiliated to RSPSoc and the Geological Society.

Read more: GRSG

Land Cover and Land Use SIG

Land cover and land use are fundamental underpinning information layers for a broad range of terrestrial environmental applications from local to global scales. They are important to conservation, impact assessment, spatial planning to climate modelling. From the beginning of remote sensing, the classification of the Earth’s surface into these types of information, either by photo interpretation or digital analysis, has been an important use of the technology.

Read more: Land Cover and Land Use SIG

Laser Scanning & Lidar SIG

The aim of the RSPSoc Laser Scanning & Lidar SIG is to provide a focus for space-borne, airborne & terrestrial laser scanning activity, both within the UK and internationally.

Read more: Laser Scanning & Lidar SIG

Marine Optics SIG

The Marine Optics SIG (formerly the Ocean Colour SIG) is jointly affiliated to RSPSoc and the Challenger Society for Marine Science, and aims to provide a UK focus for marine optics research users that enables them to easily exchange relevant information.

Read more: Marine Optics SIG

Synthetic Apeture Radar SIG

The purpose of the Group is to promote the development and use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and to encourage research in all aspects of SAR acquisition processing and interpretation.

Read more: Synthetic Apeture Radar SIG


The Technical/Operational Procedures Special Interest Group (TOPSIG) aims to promote and study technical procedures utilised in the operational use of remote sensing.

Read more: TOP SIG


SIG Convenor: Dr Amy Woodget


UAV systems are becoming established as platforms for remote sensing activity both for High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) missions and for low-altitude lightweight fixed-wing, helicopters and blimp / balloons / microlites.

The benefits of UAVs mainly lie in the ease, rapidity and cost of flexibility of deployment that lends itself to many land surface measurement and monitoring applications.

The past 5 years have seen a steady flow of high quality peer-review papers and research theses on remote sensing from UAV platforms for innovative applications. High altitude UAV platforms offer opportunities for innovative atmospheric science (primarily) while small, low-altitude systems are ideal for monitoring of crops, coastal algal blooms, riparian and rangeland vegetation and even for photogrammetry and laser scanning.

Read more: UAV SIG

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