General information


  • Arctic Space Centre, Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
  • Digital Belt and Road Program (DBAR)
  • Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)


  • Ad hoc committee for IEEE at the North and South Poles (INSP)
  • GEO Cold Regions Initiative (GEOCRI)
  • Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX)
  • International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE)

Objective and Participation

We are pleased to announce the 2nd International Workshop on Observations and Understanding of Changes in High Mountain and Cold Regions (HiMAC 2018), to be held on October 29-30, 2018, in Sodankylä (Tähtelä), Finland. The workshop will bring together scientists from fields of Earth Observations, Meteorology, Climatology, Ecology and Biogeochemistry to discuss various in situ and satellite observations, data post processing, physical and biological processes that contribute to environmental changes over high mountain and cold regions on Earth. The workshop will contribute to the common understanding on identifying essential variables and their change processes, the role of EO systems, and its relevant big earth data analysis in tracking these for the optimum benefits of diverse science and societal applications.

The workshop also aims to foster connections and collaboration among multidisciplinary scientists and the Earth Observation community. The official language of the workshop is English.


No participation fees will be charged. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses. Bus connection between hotel at Luosto and workshop venue in Sodankylä (Tähtelä) will be arranged by FMI free of charge. Workshop dinner is free of charge.


The HiMAC2018 workshop is organized around three themes:

  • Earth observations and data products for Arctic and high mountain and cold regions
    • Ongoing initiatives addressing main observational gaps
    • Essential variables for the societal benefit areas over High Mountains and Cold Regions
    • Present capabilities and data products from Earth Observing satellites
  • New Earth Observing satellite systems for tracking variables in the Earth three poles (Arctic, Antarctic, High Asian areas)
    • Upcoming observation systems/ Planned gap-filling satellite concepts
    • Role of ground-based reference observations in development of geophysical retrieval algorithms and validation
  • The role of variables in tracking climate, ecology and biogeochemical processes in the three poles
    • Links of cryosphere processes to carbon cycle
    • Arctic ecology in a changing climate
    • Linkage between Arctic warming and the mid-latitude weather and climate


Scientific Committee


  • Huadong GUO, Digital Belt and Road Program, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, China
  • Jouni Pulliainen, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland


  • Adriano Camps, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech and IEEE Ad-Hoc Committee on North & South Poles, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
  • Xiao Cheng, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Hannakaisa Lindqvist , Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • Zhen Li, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, China
  • Xin Li, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, China
  • Jianbo Liu, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, China
  • Massimo Menenti, Delft University of Technology, Netherland
  • Ivan Mammarella, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Aku Riihelä, Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • Stein Sandven, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Norway
  • Changlin Wang, International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE)
  • Peng Zhang, China Meteorological Administration

Technical Committee

  • Juha Lemmetyinen, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
  • Yubao QIU, DBAR-HiMAC/GEOCRI Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, China
  • Kari Luojus, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland

Organizing Committee

  • Jyri Heilimo, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
  • Anna Kontu , Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
  • Riitta Aikio, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
  • Miia Salminen, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
  • Bin Cheng, PEEX, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
  • Dong Liang, Digital Belt and Road Program, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, China
  • Lijuan Shi, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, China

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