About GRSS

Welcome to the IGARSS 2020 web site! The IEEE Geoscience And Remote Sensing Symposium is the most important meeting for the membership of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS).

The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) is a community of researchers and practitioners collaborating and designing tools to understand our interaction with Earth’s ecosystems, to monitor its environments, oceans and ice caps, and to characterize potential risks. GRSS supports a network of collaborations at a global level: come and join us!


The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) is a technical society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). GRSS fosters engagement of its members for the benefit of society through science, engineering, applications, and education as related to the development of the field of geoscience and remote sensing.


GRSS is one of the 39 societies of IEEE, the largest academic and professional society with about 430,000 members in 160 countries. GRSS has more than 4200 members in 94 countries. It has currently 79 chapters all over the world (16 of them are student chapters), and 11 ambassadors.


Members of GRSS come from a wide variety of scientific and engineering backgrounds. Members with engineering backgrounds often support scientific investigations with the design and development of hardware and data processing techniques, requiring them to be familiar with geosciences such as geophysics, geology, hydrology, meteorology, etc. Conversely, scientists find in GRSS a forum for the evaluation and dissemination of remote sensing related science. This fusion of geoscience and engineering disciplines gives GRSS an unique interdisciplinary character and an exciting role in advancing remote sensing science and technology.

During IGARSS, GRSS members and non-members share their latest results and novel developments in the area of geoscience and remote sensing. IGARSS is a big conference, and all the technical communities that form the GRSS community are gathering in different sessions, meetings and technical activities. I am sure each of you will find in this conference topics that are directly important to your own research. However, the diverse technical program of IGARSS is also a place to engage other communities, who operate within our own field of interest but with whom traditionally we do not connect. Diversity is an advantage, and cross-fertilization of different ideas and points of view has always brought to new ideas and new research projects.

I look forward to welcoming you at IGARSS 2020 this coming July!

Paolo Gamba
2020 GRSS President