Telsat IV
Telsat III
Telsat II
Telsat I

Telsat IV

National Research Programme on Remote Sensing by Satellite

Organization

Duration of the research: 1996-2001
Budget: 5.999.023 EUR
Research projects: 74

Objectives

  • Anchor the methods and results of earlier phases within the community of end users (namely scientists, the public administration and the private sector);
  • Adapt or supplement methods and techniques
    • to meet the needs of research,
    • to be integrated in decision-making support systems,
    • to permit the transfer of technology;
  • Support the various opportunities offered by newly developed sensors.

Description

This phase of the programme was part of the Sustainable Development Programme and was set up in compliance with the objectives formulated by the European Commission for research and application relating to satellite data within the context of sustainable development.

The application themes were:

  • Global Change;
  • Management of natural resources;
  • Natural hazards;
  • Sustainable development of developing countries;
  • Trans-sectoral support measures (quality control and warning and monitoring systems).

Telsat III

National Research Programme on Remote Sensing by Satellite

Organization

Duration of the research: 1993-1996
Budget: 8.329.222 EUR
Research projects: 20

Objectives

  • to develop a second generation of applications, making greater use of radar imagery and integrating remote sensing with GIS for environmental management purposes;
  • to transfer the scientific know-how acquired in the previous phases of the programme to the potential user community, and to generalize the use of remote sensing;
  • to encourage Belgian participation to international programmes concerning the use of new sensors, in order to maintain a leading edge to scientific research.

Description

The following research themes were addressed:

  • Agriculture and forestry: agrohydrology; agrarian information system; production of agricultural crops and plant pathology of crops; forest classification, wood production and phytosanitary condition of forests;
  • Land-use planning and cartography: development and application of cartographic methods; urban development; landscape typology;
  • Aspects proper to developing countries: agro-pastoral systems in regions with environmental deterioration; cities and urban areas in developing countries; desertification process (soil dynamics and geomorphology, types of vegetation and their development);
  • Geological prospecting: determination of rocks and ore formations;
  • Development of scientific instruments: infrared spectrometer and software for image processing;
  • Atmospheric research: monitoring of forecast and actual evaporation via satellite data;
  • Pilot project ERS-1: hyperfrequency and soil moisture; agricultural crops and land use inventory; beach dynamics in correlation with marine meteorological data.

Telsat II

National Research Programme on Remote Sensing by Satellite

Organization

Duration of the research: 1989-1993

Objectives

  • to widen the scope of research to new applications and new sensors (ERS-1);
  • to consolidate the position of the Belgian research at international level;
  • to develop operational applications for the public sector;
  • to establish links between researchers and potential users.

Description

Telsat I

National Research Programme on Remote Sensing by Satellite

Organization

Duration of the research: 1985-1989

Objectives

  • investigating the possibilities of using satellite imagery (especially SPOT) in the fields of agriculture and forestry, regional planning, cartography, and for specific applications for developing countries;
  • intensifying research efforts in the field of remote sensing;
  • raising the Belgian research potential to an international level.

Description