OPTIMISE Annual Workshop and  MC meeting. Limassol, Cyprus. 22nd – 24th Feb 2017

Venue: Elias Beach Hotel

To open the workshop Dirk Schuettemeyer and Ferran Gascon will give keynote presentations on behalf of ESA regarding Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 cal/val activities and on FLEX mission planning and campaigns.  

Keynote science presentations will also be given by:

Prof. Eyal Ben Dor (Tel Aviv University) Title “Soil Spectral Library: Standard and Protocol as an example to other spectral libraries for EO applications”

Dr Peyta Campbell (University of Maryland/NASA), Title to be confirmed

Prof. Anatoly Gitelson (Israel Institute of Technology) Title “A convergence on a narrow range of light use efficiency in C3 and C4 crop”

Dr Nick Hann (U. of Twente) on geostatics and spatial sampling (title to be confirmed)

Talks on HyPlant developments will be given by Dr Alex Damm (U. of Zurich) (title to be confirmed)

A talk will also be given by Adj. Prof.Marco Dubbini (U. of Bologna) on a very interesting multispectral imager for UAVs developed by SAL Engineering of Modena (IT)

More details here.

ESSEM COST Action ES1309

This COST Action brings together scientists working within the 3 areas above: Spectral Information Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Hyper-Spectroscopy, and Reflectance & Fluorescence. We will achieve this through the funding of conferences, workshops and individual Short-Term Scientific Missions.


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OPTIMISE builds on the work done in previous international initiatives (SPECNET, BIOSPEC and COST Action ES0903), which explored the use of proximal optical sensing of ecosystems, where carbon and water vapour flux are estimated by eddy covariance techniques.
The recent advances in UAV platforms and optical sensors provide unprecedented opportunities for high spatial, spectral and multi-angular near-ground Earth observations.

Important progress is also being made in remote sensing of steady-state fluorescence, the most direct proxy for photosynthesis. The FLuorescence EXplorer (FLEX) mission, selected for further studies, will also benefit as this Action will support FLEX validation and calibrations campaigns.



Spectral Information System

Working Group 1 will be specializing in Spectral Information Systems.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The focus of Working Group 2 is the use of hyperspectral sensors on unmanned aerial platforms.

Reflectance and Fluorescence

Working Group 3 will be concentrating on the integration of Reflectance, Solar-Induced Fluorescence, Water and Carbon Flux measurements.