Events — 2007

Research Professor Henry Hertzfeld Interviewed on Wall Street Journal Law Blog

A letter from Research Professor Henry Hertzfeld commenting on space law education was published in the October 18, 2007 print edition of The Wall Street Journal. The letter led to Professor Hertzfeld being interviewed for the Journal's law blog.

Space Policy Institute a Large Presence at the 58th International Astronautical Congress, Hyderabad, India

Law School Team Wins Moot Court Competition

Among the almost 2,000 space leaders from government and industry who gathered in Hyderabad, India on September 24-28 for the leading annual international space meeting were all three faculty members of the Elliott School's Space Policy Institute - Director John Logsdon and Professors Ray Williamson and Henry Hertzfeld . They were joined by two recent Elliott School graduates, Audrey Schaffer and Ian Christensen, and three current students, Jason Hay, Emma Hinds, and Angela Peura. All five students concentrated their graduate studies on space policy issues. Logsdon and Williamson presented papers at the Congress. Hertzfeld coached a team of GW Law School students (David Western and Magin Puig) in the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition to victories over opponents from Europe and Australia. Hinds represented GW at a meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council in the days just preceding the Congress. Schaffer and Christensen presented separate papers, and Hay and Puera combined for a joint presentation. Travel support was provided for Hinds, Hay, Christensen, and Peura by the U.S.-India Science and Technology Foundation, and for Schaffer, Western, and Puig by NASA.

(from left to right) Ian Christensen, Emma Hinds, Angela Peura

(from left to right) David J. Western, Magin Puig-Monsen, and
Henry R. Hertzfeld, Faculty Advisor

On Saturday, March 31, 2007 the GW team won the North American Competition in the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition. GWU competed against 8 other schools from the U.S. and Canada; the competition was held in Washington at the Georgetown Univ. Law School. GWU won all of the awards: best oralist (David J. Western), best team brief, and best team.

The GWU team then competed in the last week of September for the world title against the winner of the European competition, Leiden University of the Netherlands, and the winner of the Asia/Pacific competition, Singapore University, in Hyderabad, India. This competition was sponsored by the International Institute of Space Law. and the competition was held in conjunction with the annual International Astronautical Federation Congress. Arguing before three judges from the International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands, the GW team was declared the global winner in this year's competition.

Remote Sensing Applications to Natural Hazards

September 12, 2007

Sponsored by: The Space Policy Institute, the MCEER Remote Sensing Institute, and Imaging Notes magazine.

Presentation Slides:

Remote Sensing Tools for Resilient Hurricane Response and Recovery
by Dr. Beverly Adams, ImageCat Ltd

Remote Sensing Applications to Natural Hazards: Future Research, Development, and Application Needs
by Philip Ardanuy, Raytheon Information Solutions

Resilience, Multi-Hazard Engineering, MCEER, and the MCEER Remote Sensing Institute
by Michel Bruneau, MCEER, University at Buffalo

A tiered reconnaissance approach toward flood monitoring utilising multi-source radar and optical data
by Benjamin Oates, Dr Jeremy Morley, University College London

Recent Research in Monitoring earthquakes by using multisenssor satellite and ground data
by Dimitar Ouzounov

Using remote Sensing in the long term recovery and restoration in New Orleans
by John C. Pine, Louisiana State University

Challenges of Monitoring & Managing the response to Volcanic Activity
by Chris S. Renschler, University at Buffalo, SUNY, NY

International Charter Space and Major Disasters
by Barbara J. Ryan, U.S Geological Survey

U.S Approaches to A Comprehensive Earth Observation Strategy
by Dr Gene Whitney, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive office of the President

Fourth Earth Observation Ministerial Summit November 30, 2007
by Gregory W. Withee, USGEO Task Group Co-Chair

Remote Sensing Tools for Earthquake Response and Recovery
by Fumio Yamazaki, Chiba University, Japan and Masashi Matsuoka, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

5th International Workshop on Remote Sensing Applications to Natural Hazards

Sept 10-11, 2007

The Space Policy Institute, the MCEER Remote Sensing Institute, and Imaging Notes magazine presents a Workshop on 'Remote Sensing Applications to Natural Hazards.'

To see Workshop Resolutions, click here.

SAR Remote Sensing for Urban Damage Assessment for Tehran Presentation Paper by Babak Mansouri, IIES, Masanobu Shinozuka, UCI, and Reza Nourjou, IIEES

Damage Assessment on buildings using very high resolution multimodal images and GIS Presentation Paper
by Anne-Lise CHESNEL, Renaud BINET and Lucien WALD, France

Social Vulnerability assessment using satellite data Presentation Paper
by Annemarie Ebert, Norman Kerle and Alfred Stein, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation

Damage detection at different scales from SAR and QuickBird imagery for the 2003 Boumerdes, Algeria, earthquake Presentation Paper
by G. Trianni, F. Dell'Acqua, P. Gamba, University of Pavia

Developing fragility functions for tsunami damage estimation using the numerical model and satellite imagery. Presentation Paper
by Shunichi KOSHIMURA, Hideaki YANAGISAWA, Tohoku University

Overview and Current State of the 'GEO (Global Earth Observation) Grid Presentation Paper
by Masashi Matsuoka, S. Kodama, R. Nakamura, N. Yamamoto, H. Yamamoto, K. Iwao, S, Tsuchida and S. Sekiguchi, AIST, Japan

Charecteristics of Remote Sensing Image and Digital Elevation Model at Different Site Geomorphology Presentation Paper by Saburoh MIDORIKAWA, Kazunori ISHII, Hiroyuki MIURA, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Detection of Building Damage due to the 2006 Central Java, Indonesia Earthquake Using Satellite Optical Images Presentation Paper
by Hiroyuki Miura (CUEE) and Saburoh Midorikawa, Tokyo Tech

Virtual Chi-Chi on Digital Earth Model as Post-Earthquake Recovery Digital Archive Presentation Paper
by Osamu Murao, Atsushi Miyamoto, Takayuki Sasaki, Japan

Learning new methodologies to deal with large disasters: Multisensor approach of analyzing atmospheric signals and search for possible earthquake precursors. Presentation Paper
by D. Ouzounov, S. Habib, F. Policeli, P. Taylor

Katrina/RITA Clearinghouse Cooperative Presentation Paper
by John C. Pine, Louisiana State University

Application of Statistical Inferencing Techniques to Building Inventory Compilation Presentation Paper
by Pooya Sarabandi, Anne S. Kiremidjian, Stanford University and Ronald T. Eguchi, ImageCat Inc

An Evaluation of Earthquake Damage Scales used in Remote Sensing Studies Presentation Paper
by Ellen M. Rathje, University of Texas at Austin and Beverley Adams, ImageCat Inc.

Linking a Collaborative Platform and Multi-hazard Models to Support the Integrated Management of Extreme Events Presentation Paper
by Chris S. Renschler, Sue Roussie and Martin Minkowski, Center for GeoHazards Studies

Flash Flood Event Assessment (FFEA): Terrestrial and Satellite Remote Sensing for Flash Flood Assessment Presentation Paper
by Richard P. Watson, HydroBio Inc. and Theresa R. Watson, Catamount LLC

Remote-Sensing Assessment of Wind Damage Presentation Paper
by J. Arn Womble, Texas Tech University, Beverley J. Adams, ImageCat Inc, Kishor C. Mehta, Texas Tech University

Speed Detection for Moving Objects from Digital Aerial Camera and QuickBird Sensors Presentation Paper by Fumio Yamazaki, Wen Liu, Chiba University, Japan and T. Thuy Vu, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan.

From Buncefield to Tunguska: Hazard and Disaster Modelling at the University of Southampton Paper by N.J. Bailey, J.S. Bevington, H.G. Lewis, G.G. Swinerd, P.M. Atkinson, R. Crowther, D. Holland

Results of Neighborhood Level Analysis of Structural Storm Surge Damage to Residential Structures Paper by Carol J. Friedland, Beverley J. Adams, and Marc L. Levitan

Linking a Collaborative Platform and Multi-hazard Models to Support the Integrated Management of Extreme Events Paper by Chris S. Renschler, Suzanne Roussie, and Martin Minkowski

A tiered reconnaissance approach towards flood monitoring, utilizing multi-source radar and optical imagery Paper by A. Mcmillan, B. J. Adams, J. G. Morley, S. Chesworth

Workshop Objectives

Workshop Program

Group A discussion summary

Group B discussion summary

Proceedings Cover

Order of papers in Notebook

Workshop Exercise

Collective Security in Space: Asian Perspectives on Acceptable Approaches

On April 23-24, almost 50 space analysts, industry representatives, and government officials from Japan, South Korea, China, India, Malaysia, Australia and the United States met in Tokyo to discuss their varying perspectives on how best to make space access and use secure for all who would use the space environment for peaceful purposes. This workshop was part of the Space Policy Institute's "Collective Security in Space" project. The project's goal is to broaden the global community of analysts and government officials discussing various suggestions on the best ways to assure space security, with the end result being an increasing consensus on which approaches are toward achieving a space environment free of threats to peaceful uses of space. The Tokyo workshop was co-sponsored by the Center for Non-Proliferation of the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Tokyo-based Research Institute for Peace and Security. Financial support for the "Collective Security in Space" project was provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Secure World Foundation also sent several representatives to the workshop. Workshop papers will be published later this year.

To see the workshop program, click here.

To see a report on the workshop, click here.

Individual Presentations are below:

"Collective Security in Space: Asian Perspectives," Yoichi Kamiyama, Mitsubishi Corporation

"Current Capabilities for Space Security: A Korean Perspective," Changdon Kee, Seoul National University

"To Develop Space Peacefully for Benefits of Human Beings," Yang Junhua, Chinese Society of Astronautics

"Indian Space Programme & Some Reflections On Collective Security In Space," Rajeev Lochan, Indian Space Research Organization

"Space Security of Asia from the Perspective of International Space Law," Setsuko Aoki, University of Keio

"China and Space Security," Zhong Jing, National Defense University, PLA

"Perspectives on Space Security: Assessing the Situation and Exploring the Options," Kiran Nair, Centre for Airpower Studies

"Collective Security in Space: An Australian Perspective," Brett Biddington, Asia Pacific Defense and Space Group, CISCO

"U.S. Perspectives On Space Security," Joan Johnson-Freese, Naval War College

"Chinese Role in the Regional Space Security Cooperation and APSCO," Yang Mingjie, China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations

"Indian Perspectives On Regional Space Security," Dipankar Banerjee, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

"Japanese Steps towards Regional and Global Confidence Building," Kazuto Suzuki, University of Tsukuba

"The Role of the United Nations In Space Security," Mazlan Othman, Malaysian National Space Agency (ANGKASA)

The Contribution of Satellite Data to Efficient Freshwater Management

March 13, 14 2007


The Space Policy Institute Study-Ray Williamson

The US Stream Gauge Network-Steve Blanchard, USGS Office of Surface Water

NOAA's Water Resource Information-Chandra Kondragunta, NOAA NESDIS

NRCS's Water Resource Information Systems-Claudia Hoeft, National Climate and Water Center, NRCS

The Structure and Nature of U.S. Water Markets-Henry Hertzfeld & Ian Christensen, Space Policy Institute

Water Supply, Distribution, and Use in the East-Cherie Schultz & Erik Hagen, Potomac River Commission

NASA's Satellite Water Information Research-Jared Entin, NASA Earth Sciences

Data Assimilation and Modeling-Paul Houser, CREW & George Mason Univ.

Economic and Cultural Issues in Valuing Water-Henry Hertzfeld, Space Policy Institute

Measuring Benefits of Water Resources Information-Laurie Houston, Consultant

Remote Sensing of Evapotranspiration and Soil Moisture-Martha Anderson, USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Satellite Precipitation Measurements: Results from TRMM & the Promise of GPM-Robert Adler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA-NOAA Collaborative Water Resources Information Research-Christa Peters Lidard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Helping Decision Makers Connect the Dots: Linking Satellite Data with Water Resources Management - Holly Hartmann, University of Arizona           

Institutional Issues-Katharine Jacobs, University of Arizona

Economic and Policy Issues - Molly Macauley, Resources for the Future

"NOAA's Satellite Data and Information" - Gerry Dittberner, NOAA- NESDIS



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»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Environment on NOAA Utilization of Commercial Remote Sensing Data.

»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation committee on U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness. His testimony is available online.

»On October 16, 2015, the Space Policy Institute hosted an informal discussion during which Dr. Philippe Brunet, European Commission Director for Space Policy, Copernicus, and Defense Industry described the plans of the European Union to become the primary European actor in space policy and programs.

»Current SPI Graduate Student Zack Hester's article NASA's Lessons Learned in Long-Duration Spaceflight: The Shuttle-Mir Program was published in Quest Vol. 23, No. 1, 2016.

»SPI Alum Mia Brown wrote an article titled Launch Dilemna: The role of the commercial sector in America's space program which was published by the Brookings Institution.

»Prof. Jack Burns, Vice President Emeritus at the University of Colorado, presented a distinguished lecture "Exploring the Universe from the Moon". It can be viewed online

»Dr. Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute, spoke on The Implications of U.S. Space Policy Choices at the California Institute of Technology. A video of the lecture is available for viewing here.

»Dr. Scott Pace, Visiting Scholar Deganit Paikowsky, and four SPI alumni attended the 2015 International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem.

»Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, SPI Research Professor, became Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Read the announcement here.

»SPI Alum, Stephanie Wan, has been elected as Co-chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council. Congratulations Stephanie! Further information is available online.

»SPI hosts "Careers in Space Policy: A Panel Discussion" with the American Institute of Astronautics and Astrophysics National Capital Section Young Professionals Committee and the GW AIAA Student Chapter.

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