National Research Programme on Remote Sensing by Satellite 4 (TELSAT 4)


This phase of the programme is 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 are:

  • Global Change,
  • Management of natural resources, 
  • Natural hazards,
  • Sustainable development of developing countries,
  • Trans-sectoral support measures (quality control and warning and monitoring systems).
  • 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.
Start-End 01/01/1996 -  31/12/2000
Organisation Belspo - Space Research and Applications Division
Budget (€) 8,329,222.43
Projects - - Management of forage resources and fires in extensive cattle breeding in natural savannahs
- - Use of satellite imagery to reduce the risks of flooding in the Ourthe river valley
- - Remote Sensing and soil moisture assessment for karst collapse prevention (tournaisis)
- - Detection of soil moisture by remote sensing and prone karst collapse areas (Tournaisis)
- - Catchment scale root zone soil moisture content from satellite radar observations (incl. A module on Geostatistical image processing for upscaling of SAR derived soil moisture patterns)
- - Region-specific optical remote sensing for coastal zone applications
- - Imaging radar for mapping and monitoring of wetland ecosystems in the Chad Basin
ECOSAR II - Biophysical characterisation of tropical ecosystems by space borne SAR remote sensing
- - InSAR Baseline Combination for Topographical Phase Reference Generation
- - Global scale biome classification and estimation of biome proportions using VEGETATION data
- - Automatic spatial matching of multi sensor data
- - Derivation of land-cover change data and their assimilation in ecosystem models IA
- - Land-cover classification and estimation of land-cover proportions at a global scale
- - The multicoloured North Sea
ECOSAR I - Biophysical characterisation of tropical ecosystems by spaceborne synthetic aperture radar remote sensing
- - Adaptive model based change detection in temporal SAR satellite image sequences
- - Development of assimilation schemes for soil moisture profiles using remotely sensed data
- - Development and launching at the national scale of a multi uses database combining aerial photographs and satellite imagery
- - The study of salt intrusion land use and rice yield in the coastal plain of the Mekong delta (Vietnam) based upon field work, remote sensing and GIS
- - Validation of radar interferometry applied to JERS-1 and RADARSAT
- - Advanced contextual image processing of satellite imagery for land planning and management in cross border areas
- - Use of very high resolution imagery for control and updating of legal land occupation maps in urban areas
- - Technico-economical feasibility of the commercialisation of an instrument (C-fix) for the calculation of the net carbon exchange with the atmosphere in the frame of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC)
- - Contribution of SAR (RADARSAT) and AVNIR (ADEOS) images to the study of bathymetry and wave field in the Bay of Hai Phong (Vietnam)
- - Environmental risk mapping in the Wadi Mujib-canyon (Jordan), based on Russian stereoscope KFA-350 satellite imagery
- - Derivation of land-cover change data and their assimilation in ecosystem models IIB
- - Development of a forage production forecasting system (quantity and quality) in support of a foodstrategy on scale of the agriculture region
- - Contribution of remote sensing techniques to monitoring and supporting of a durable control of animal trypanosomosis in Togo
- - Development of a decision tool based upon the use of remote sensing and GIS for the site planning and the management of refugees camps taking into account the environment.
- - Use of remotely satellite data for the decennial updating of the statistical sector division of Belgium
- - Adaptation of the European crop growth monitoring system to the Belgian conditions
- - Surface soil moisture from SSM/I Imagery
- - Detection of pullulation centres of Ips typographus in the mined forests of Bosnia-Herzegovina
- - Detecting zooplankton streaks in salt lakes using high resolution water surface colour processing
- - Assessment of the contribution of the MIR spectral band of SPOT 4 for the mapping of landcover: application to the delineation of built areas
- - Potentials of very high resolution remotely sensed imagery for the elaboration and the update of "Large Scale Digital Mapping"
- - Cartography of microclimatic zones using a DEM made from ERS radar imagery
- - Optical remote sensing support for a coastal zone Environmental Impact study
- - Study of sediment plumes in large deltasystems by groundtruth and remote sensing data
- - Potential integration of VEGETATION data in early warning systems used in the Sahel region
- - Change detection in satellite image sequences for Minefield Delineation
- - Investigation by satellite imagery of parameters determining the vulnerability of dykes in Vietnam
- - Production of a land cover map of Central Africa derived from SPOT4 – VGT Data
- - Ghent seen from space: an extension of the website of the city Ghent
- - Inventorying (un)built areas based on very high resolution satellite imagery, A quality controlled, integrated methodology adapted to Flanders' land planning and management policy
PARADIS - Planning, assistance and research activities for demining, based on images from the satellite
SABRES - Services to Agribusiness by Remote Sensing
- - Derivation of land-cover change data and their assimilation in ecosystem models IB
- - The use of very high resolution data for the monitoring of vegetation and water urban areas
- - City Promotion : Brussels seen of the sky (site Internet "Bruxelles vue du ciel")
ARIOS 1 - Assisted Land Cover Recognition and Interpretation (phase 1)
ARIOS 2 - Assisted Land Cover Recognition and Interpretation (phase 2)
- - Capacity building for sustainable development: establishment and application of a geographical information system to support sustainable coastal zone management in North Vietnam
- - Implementation of a www site presenting Liège viewed from space using satellite imagery
- - Poster Deserts of the world
- - Poster Silk Roads
- - Poster Across Africa
- - Forecasting of available forage in quantity and quality for the establishment of a feeding strategy at the farm and regional scale
- - Development of an assisting system for the integration of SAR and InSAR images for the Belgian Ministry of Agriculture
- - Integration of Ikonos data with existing data sources to monitor local impacts of rapid human disturbances and natural hazards
- - Economical study considering the Belgian Remote Sensing Market development
- - Stimulation of cluster formation with a view to developing the Belgian market in earth observation applications
- - Stimulation of the formation of a cluster as regards earth observation for environmental applications of SPOT-Vegetation data with a view to promoting development of the earth observation market in Belgium
- - Methodological contribution to the interpretation of VGT data for multifarious, rugged countrysides and operational implementation in Central-Eastern Africa.
- - Basic and thematic cartography on basis of high and very high resolution multi temporal satellite images for the Kivu area (Congo)
- - Integration of very high resolution satellite imagery within the cartographic channels of the Walloon Region: change detection on numeric orthophoto maps
- - Information driven registration of very high resolution imagery for the update of road databases
- - City promotion, seen from space
- - Contribution of VHR imagery to the characterisation of population, and more in particular of the carrying capacity for large wild herbivores in the forests of the Walloon region