A group of scientists from the Pacific Ocean Rim countries formed the Pacific Ocean Remote Sensing Society in the year 1990, and organized the first International conference, PORSEC-92, to focus attention of the scientific community on the applications of Remote Sensing for Ocean studies. PORSEC graduated to global status and is now recognized as a Prestigious International Society in ocean remote sensing with the name: the International Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference Association.
Aims of the International PORSEC Association
The association in general promotes studies of the oceans and related atmospheric sciences using remote sensing technology through international collaboration with the following scientific priorities:
  1. The Association promotes study of the oceans and related atmospheric sciences concerned with the Earth's environmental processes such as the greenhouse effect, the ENSO, ocean hazard, pollution, sea level rise and other climatic variability using Remote Sensing and involving international collaborative programs.
  2. The PORSEC Association aims to provide better opportunities for scientists, especially from developing countries for learning and applying the state of the art in Ocean Remote Sensing, including space and under water development, information technology, computer science and environmental sciences, through international conferences, training courses and virtual university courses.
Principal Activities of the Association
  • Develop a consensus among scientists on key issues related to satellite technology and Ocean sciences.
  • Advocate the importance and applicability of remote sensing technology to the global community.
  • Optimize quality of data for calibration and validation purpose.
  • Educate the remote sensing user community through advanced training courses
  • Promote ocean remote sensing through activities such as conferences, training courses, and working group meetings.
  • Improve awareness of the applicability of remote sensing data toward understanding our environment.
  • Use such information for addressing various issues of regional and global concern.
  • Popularize ocean remote sensing by publishing proceedings, books and on-line newsletters.
Support to Developing Countries
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The PORSEC Association has:
  • Organized a number of very successful conferences/symposium and training courses
  • Promoted publications
Prominent Sponsors
The following sponsors have supported the Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Society over the last ten years:
  • (NSF) - National Science Foundation
  • (NASA) - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • (ONR) - Office of Naval Research
  • (NASDA) - National Space Development Agency
  • (NOAA) - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • (AMOS) - Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • (AMTEC) - Advanced Marine Technology Conference
  • (IOC) - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
  • (ASO) - Australian Space Agency
  • (CCRS) - Canada Center for Remote Sensing
  • (DOS) - Department of Space, India
  • (DOD) - Department of Ocean Development, India
  • (DST) - Department of Science and Technology, India
  • (ESA) - European Space Agency
  • (JASTEC) - Japan Marine Science and Technology Center
  • (IAMAP) - International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics
  • (IAPSO) - International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Ocean
  • (SCOR) - Scientific Organizing Committee on Ocean Research
  • Ministry of Education, science and Culture-Japan
  • Ministry of Education of China
  • Ministry of Science and Technology of China
PORSEC 2010 (Keelung, Taiwan):
  • Fisheries Agency
  • Council of Agriculture
  • Taiwan Typhoon and Flood Research Institute
  • Bureau of Foreign Trade
  • Fisheries Research Institute
  • COA
  • Office of Naval Research Global
  • NASA
  • European Space Agency
  • SeaSpace company
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Taiwan Tuna Association
  • Excellent Algae Corp.
PORSEC 2012 (Kochi, India):
  • Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)
  • The Ministry of Earth Science (MoES)
  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • IBM, India
  • State Bank of India
  • Andhra Bank
Apart from holding biennial conferences, PORSEC has extended support to the organizations in developing countries for holding International conferences with similar objectives as that of PORSEC. The association has formed working groups on major themes of satellite oceanography under the organizational structure of PORSEC pursues the objectives in a more comprehensive manner in specific fields. Pacific Ocean Color Experiment (POCEX) and PORSCAT for scatterometry are developments in this direction. Such programs are meant for planning joint experiments over the world oceans to improve the technology of color sensing and scatterometry. PORSEC has also organized a few training courses, especially for the benefit of young scientists and students from developing countries. Other than the conference proceedings PORSEC also publishes selected papers in the form of special volumes of journal and books.
The International PORSEC Association is now coordinating vital studies such as Ocean circulation monitoring, air-sea interaction, global wind field and weather prediction, primary production in global oceans, assimilation of remote sensing data into numerical models, fishery resources and marine ecology, coastal zone management, storm surge predictions, ocean-atmosphere interaction, tropical cyclone analysis, precipitation measurements, ocean water quality assessment by making use of active and passive microwave sensors, scatterometers, altimeters, Synthetic aperture radars, multi-spectral sensors etc.
All of these conferences received nearly 200 technical presentations and 250 poster papers on topics like ocean radar, satellite altimetry, polar oceanography, data processing, coastal management, ocean color etc. All conferences received overwhelming public response and attracted sponsors as listed above.
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