Joint OPTIMISE/EUFAR training course: SWAMP 2015

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The main aim of the joint OPTIMISE/EUFAR training course was to teach  15-20 early stage researchers (PhD students and post docs) and a limited (max. 5) number of university lecturers how to organize and conduct an airborne campaign supported by a near-ground and small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAV) field campaign with hyperspectral imaging sensors and spectrometers. These platforms and sensors will be used to determine Earth surface reflectance and fluorescence to support multi-scale (“leaf to ecosystem”) and atmosphere exchange modelling studies. Through this training  the students were able to gain a better understanding of complexities and uncertainties in optical Earth observations from near-ground and airborne platforms and by doing so enabled them to better understand the potential and limitations current and future satellite Earth observations and generate greater societal benefits.

The venue of the SWAMP training course was the Rzecin wetland site (POLWET, 52 o 45’ N, 16 o 18’ E) operated by the PULS, nearby Poznan (60 km north), Poland, for the practical part of the course. The site was established in 2004 within CARBOEUROPE-IP
(FP6) project and was/is one of the core GHG fluxes measuring sites within NITROEUROPE-IP(FP6), GHG-EUROPE (FP7) and INGOS (FP7) projects. At the middle of the site there is located a flux tower where continuous measurements of CO 2 , H 2 O and CH 4
fluxes are conducted with eddy covariance systems. At the tower, there are installed multispectral sensors (SKR1860A) for reflectance measurements. Close to the tower, there is located climate manipulation experiment developed within WETMAN project

Besides the lectures on spectroscopy and biogeochemistry, a field campaign took place at the Rzecin wetland site experimental site: students were actively involved in the ground and near ground measurements and validations activities and in the data processing.

The program also included some hands-on sessions on spectral data integration into ecological models. Moreover, demonstration on the use of UAVs for ecosystem studies was carried out.

A presentation of the work and of the results achieved during the Training School was required at the end from all trainees:


SWAMP report-group B




The programme and delegate evaluations for the SWAMP training school can be down loaded from here: SWAMP_TrainingSchool_ProgrammeSWAMP training course evaluation – Responses _ SurveyMonkey

Dr Radoslaw Juszczak (PULS, Poznan, Poland)
Prof. Janusz Olejnik (PULS, Poznan, Poland)
Dr Bogdan Chojnicki (PULS, Poznan, Poland)
Dr Alasdair Mac Arthur (OPTIMISE Chair, GeoScience, U. of Edinburgh, UK)
Dr Micol Rossini (UNIMIB, Italy)
Dr Enrico Tomelleril (OPTIMISE Training coordinator, EUR.AC, Institute for applied remote
sensing. Bolzano/Bozen)
Dr Andreas Hueni (RSL, UZH, Switzerland)
Prof. Christiaan van der Tol (Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the
University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Science Committee
Chairman: Dr Radoslaw Juszczak (PULS, Poznan, Poland);
Co Chair Dr Alasdair Mac Arthur (OPTIMISE Chair, GeoScience, U. of Edinburgh) ;
Dr Enrico Tomelleril (OPTIMISE Training coordinator, EUR.AC, Institute for Applied Remote
Sensing, Bolzano/Bozen)
and Dr Ils Reusen (EUFAR ET coordinator, VITO, Belgium)

Science Working Group Leaders

WG 1 Andreas Hueni (RSL, UZH, Switzerland)
WG 2 Dr Andreas Burkart (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
WG 3 Christiaan van der Tol (Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the
University of Twente, The Netherlands)
WG 4 Alasdair Mac Arthur (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK)
WG 5 Enrico Tomelleri (Institute for Applied Remote Sensing, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy)

Andy Hueni, (RSL, UZH)
Alasdair Mac Arthur, Geosciences, (UoE, UK)
Enrico Tomelleri, (BGC, DE)
Andreas Burkart, (Jülich, DE)
Ils Reusen, (VITO, BE)
Alex Damm, (RSL, UZH)
Daniel Schlaepfer, (ReSe Applications)
Christiaan van der Tol, ( ITC, NL)
Tomasz Prost (PCAO – UAV expert PL)
Koen Meuleman, (VITO, BE)
Marian-Daniel Iordache, (VITO, BE)
Pieter Kempeneers, (VITO, BE)
Radoslaw Juszczak (PULS, PL)
Bogdan Chojnicki (PULS, PL)
Mariusz Lamentowicz (PULS, PL)
Janusz Olejnik (PULS, PL)
Jochem Verrelst (U. Valencia, ES


With the support of:
The COST Association COST Action ES1309 ‘OPTIMISE’; the NERC/NCEO Field Spectroscopy Facility (UK); and U. of Poznan, Poland (Pl)