Urban areas are growing rapidly in all countries of the world. Urban growth and its associated problems are very challenging tasks in which remote sensing imageries could help to get up-to-date information. During the last decades and especially during the last few years we recognized rapid advances in the imaging technology (e.g. high spatial resolution and 3D) and in the digital image analysis techniques. According to the growing awareness of urban areas, agglomerations and mega cities more and more scientists focus on topic related to them. Based on the previous works of Prof. Dr. Carsten Jürgens, a national Urban Remote Sensing event was organized in 1997, and then he and Prof. Dr. Derya Maktav established the International Urban Remote Sensing Symposium (later fusioned with URBAN conferences and since then known as Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE)) in 2001 in Regensburg (Germany) and 2002 in İstanbul (Türkiye). Due to the international recognition of these events, the former EARSeL president Prof. Dr. Eberhard Parlow asked them to introduce a new Special Interest Group (SIG) on Urban Remote Sensing for EARSeL and they agreed to further support research and information exchange in this area with the name of “Urban Remote Sensing”.

This SIG is chaired by Dr. Valerie Graw from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany and co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Topan from Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University, Türkiye.

If you have any comments, ideas or suggestions relating this SIG please do not hesitate to contact us.

Former Chair and Co-chair:

Prof. Dr. Carsten Jürgens (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Derya Maktav (İstanbul Technical University, Türkiye)