ORFEO Research Programme
Support Programme for the use of Optical and Radar Federated Earth Observation data (ORFEO)
Duration of the research: 2004 - 2009
Budget: 1.200.000 EUR
The ORFEO Support Programme has been set up to prepare for support and promote
the exploitation of the images from the ORFEO sensors.
The ORFEO Support Programme has two sections, between which strong interaction needs to be maintained:
- The methodology section’s objective is to define and develop the
tools needed for the operational exploitation of the future sub-metric optical
and radar images;
- The thematic section covers a wide range of applications (civil and military)
and aims to specify and validate value-added products and services needed by users.
Belgian involvement in the French Earth observation programme Pleiades is in two parts in
order to meet industrial interests, the need to have continuous access to very high resolution
satellite data and the need to prepare future users for data from the ORFEO system. It is a dual
system with metric resolution. France is in charge of developing the optical component Pleiades,
and Italy, the radar component operating in the X band, COSMO-Skymed.
The industrial activities supported by Belgium as part of the PLEIADES programme will amount to 4%
of the whole programme. Belgium supports the ORFEO programme for the 2004-2009 period at the time of 1.2 million EUR.
The methodology section: the subjects dealt with in this section will mainly concentrate on
three-dimensional aspects, detection of changes, texture analysis, shape recognition, and the
complementary nature of optical and radar images. This section is being developed mainly through
R&D studies and doctoral and post-doctoral research.
The thematic section: this section also includes reflection on how to integrate these products
into current operational systems and on the intermediary structures that will need to be put
in place to serve non "autonomous" users. This section is also involved in raising awareness
amongst future users (mainly institutions), through some feasibility studies that demonstrate and
validate various different, concrete cases.
The themes are:
- Sea and Shore
- Risks and Humanitarian Aid
- Cartography and Land Management
- Geology and Geophysics