Spatial technology and social media in remote sensing: Challenges and opportunities [point of view]

Jun Li, Jon Atli Benediktsson, Bing Zhang, Tao Yang, Antonio Plaza

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The convergence of remote sensing technologies with social media, coupled with advances in other location-aware technologies such as WiFi and smartphones, is moving us on a fast track to a situation in which we can readily know, at any time, where everybody and everything are located on the surface of the Earth, and to exploit the power of social media in different contexts. Remote sensing technology involves the use of systems and algorithms to record information about the surface of the Earth from a remote location [1]. Although reliable as a data source, remote sensing data may not always be available. However, these data can be complemented by other sources of data, such as geographic information systems (GIS) and social media [2], in order to address time-critical applications. For instance, relating publicly available social media information with remote sensing or GIS data can lead to a more efficient management of emergency response (which refers to applications in which real/near-real-time response is needed, such as natural disasters). Social media are now playing a more relevant role in our daily lives and provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight on information flow and social networking within the society. As a result, the integration of social media data with other consolidated technologies such as remote sensing or GIS is of great importance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8013176
Pages (from-to)1583-1585
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017

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