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The idea to organize an international workshop on urban remote sensing, jointly sponsored by IEEE GRSS (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society) and ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) was put in practice for the first time by the GRSS/ISPRS Joint workshop on 'Remote sensing and data fusion over urban areas' (URBAN) held in Rome (2001). Editions of URBAN followed in Berlin (2003) and Tempe (2005). In parallel to these activities a series of workshops named 'Remote sensing of urban and suburban areas' (URS) were organized in Regensburg (1997, 2001, 2003), Istanbul (2002), and Tempe (2005). After the common workshop in Tempe (2005) the 4th GRSS/ISPRS Joint Workshop on 'Remote sensing and data fusion over urban areas (URBAN)' and the 6th International Symposium on 'Remote sensing of urban areas' (URS) were jointly held in Paris (2007). The meeting was named 'Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event' (JURSE). The last JURSE was held in Shanghai in 2009.