Dear Distinguished Guests,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 6th International Conference on Earth Observation and Societal Impacts (ICEO&SI 2016) at National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), Keelung, Taiwan. I recall that the Taiwan Group on Earth Observations (TGEO) and NTOU co-hosted the first ICEO&SI 5 years ago with about 120 participants from 7 countries. I am really glad to see the growth of the event such that the size of the Conference has grown to 250 participants from over 12 countries this year.

This ICEO&SI Conference is dedicated to the presentation and discussion of relevant research results on 10 contemporary global issues- Disasters, Health, Energy, Climate, Water resources, Weather, Ecosystems, Agriculture/Forestry/Fishery, Biodiversity, and Industry/Policy, with the hope to help human society move toward sustainability. Early this year, the United Nation proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) urging people and countries to take transformative steps to achieve these goals. It is interesting to note that many of the SDGs coincide with the topics included in this Conference. Our participants are indeed carrying out cutting-edge research in Earth System Sciences. As many of you are aware of, the international Future Earth program has just been launched to function as a global research platform to provide the knowledge needed to support transformations toward sustainability. I am certain our Conference will contribute to the efforts of the Future Earth program. 

As an honorary chairman of the ICEO&SI, I would like to thank you all for participating in this Conference. I wish you a very productive and satisfactory meeting.

Academician of the Academia Sinica
Dr. Chao-Han Liu