Media Advisory: Pecora 20 Conference on New Trends in Remote Sensing

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Monitoring our changing planet is critical to supporting a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025. Observing the Earth from space offers unprecedented levels of data and a holistic view, which enables scientists to detect the most critical trends in natural resource conditions at local and global scales.

Join the discussion at Pecora 20, a conference dedicated to the exchange of scientific information, policies and strategies concerning land remote sensing. The William T. Pecora Award will also be presented to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to remote sensing. View the final program online.


What:  News media interested in remote sensing are invited to attend the Pecora 20 conference to learn about  recent developments in mapping and monitoring the Earth from space.



Denny Sanford Premier Center

1201 N. West Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD


When:  November 13-16, 2017


Who:  International scientists will discuss new trends, recent achievements and key issues in land remote sensing.

The following speakers will be available following the plenary session from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Central Time on Wednesday, November 15:

  • William Werkheiser, Acting Director, USGS
  • Frank Kelly, Director, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, USGS
  • Michael Freilich, Director, Earth Science Division, NASA
  • Harry Cikanek, Acting Director, Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NOAA
  • Victor Leonard, Senior Fellow, DigitalGlobe, Inc.
  • Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations


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