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.
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.