Scope of Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS)
Realizing the importance of Remote sensing technology in national development
activities, Asian countries have formed an association on remote sensing in Asia to
discuss share and developed expertise in the field of Geo information handling and
management all over the world. Membership of Asian Association on Remote
Sensing (AARS) is limited to Asia and near Asian countries in which Sri Lanka is
founder member. Survey Department of which is National Mapping organization
also functions as a national Centre for Remote sensing in Sri Lanka and an
Ordinary member of AARS.
In the spirit of mutual cooperation the first Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) was held in Bangkok, Thailand in November 1980. ACRS is a prestigious annual event organized by AARS and the host country, and held in rotation within the Asia Pacific region to promote Remote Sensing in the region. ACRS was previously held in Sri Lanka in 1983, 1996, 2008 and 2016. The Asian countries/ regions which are expected to participate in this conference are: Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Sri Lanka. France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, USA and the United Nations ESCAP representative. Approximately 300 foreign participants and the 200 local participants attend the conference which is held annually in one of Asian countries. The last conference of ACRS held in Sri Lanka was in the year 2016. Duration of the conference is 5 day from Monday to Friday. Hosting the ACRS in Sri Lanka will benefit the country immensely in promoting Remote Sensing activities in Sri Lanka and also attract International and national attention which in no doubt would Flourish tourism in Sri Lanka.