Support to the Exploitation and Research of Earth Observation data 2 (STEREO 2)

Description Thematic priorities: the thematic research priorities are as follows:
  • Global monitoring of vegetation and evolution of terrestrial ecosystems
  • Environmental management (water, soil, forests, agriculture, coastal areas, urban areas and suburban areas)
  • Health and humanitarian aid
  • Security and risk management

Programme structure: the four-part programme comprises:
  • Actual scientific research
  • Development of products and services
  • Scientific support
  • Exploitation and promotion

1. Actual scientific research: the scientific research covers two types of projects: thematic projects and satellite projects.

Thematic projects
: this refers to major projects covering 3 to 5 years aimed at basic research and the development of applications. The research is conducted via partnerships involving 2-5 research teams (from Belgium and Luxembourg), whether or not rounded out by (an) international team(s).

Satellite projects
: this involves small-scale projects, associated with thematic projects, covering 12-24 months for individual research teams or partnerships, comprising of 2 research teams from Belgium and Luxemburg whether or not rounded out by an international team.

2. Development of products and services: this refers to 3 types of projects aimed at the transfer of technology and knowledge for the development of pre-operational products and services.

3. Scientific support (EODesk): the scientific support comprises:
  • services to the community of users;
  • maintaining and extending the Belgian Earth Observation Platform and EOEdu websites;
  • buying and archiving remote sensing data for the Belgian Science Policy Office's research programmes;
  • lending support to the adaptation of Belgian operational services

4. Exploitation and promotion (EODesk)
  • developing and distributing educative products;
  • participating in production development by third parties;
  • making EO opportunities, based in particular on the results of research projects within the STEREO programme, known to a wide public.

Objectives STEREO II's strategic goal is to develop an autonomous Belgian earth observation expertise of an international standard as a contribution to the knowledge economy.

This is reflected in the following aims:
  • consolidating Belgium’s EO potential. This has to be achieved by

    • ensuring Belgium can produce and deploy independently information that is crucial for its policy-making (at federal, regional and municipal level) and meeting its international commitments;
    • putting Belgium definitely on the map as an international centre of competence in a number of niches;
    • consistently deploying earth observation as a common technique in the greatest number of disciplines, organisations, companies and social realms;

  • Promoting innovation;
  • Creating the capacity Belgian organisations need to ensure they are involved as much as possible in international research programmes and European and international EO activities;
  • Lending support to the Belgian EO infrastructure;
  • Developing an extensive form of interaction with users.
Start-End 01/03/2006 -  31/12/2013
Organisation Belspo - Space Research and Applications Division
Budget (€) 25,860,000.00
Projects ALGASED - Remote sensing for characterization of intertidal sediments and microphytobenthic algae
HYDRASENS - Integrating radar remote sensing, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for surface water management
GLOBAM - Global Agricultural Monitoring systems by integration of earth observation and modelling techniques
EPI STIS - Remote Sensing tools to study the EPIdemiology and Space/TIme DynamicS of diseases
HABISTAT - A classification framework for habitat status reporting with remote sensing methods
BELCOLOUR-2 - Optical remote sensing of marine, coastal and inland waters
DYNMAP - Dynamic predictive mapping using multi-sensor data fusion - demonstration for malaria vector habitat
ECOSEG - Development of a spatio-temporal segmentation algorithm for satellite time series to monitor forest condition
RIMS - Reliable Image Management Systems in support of urban and disaster management
MAMUD - Measuring and modeling urban dynamics: impact on quality of life and hydrology
MOCA - MOnitoring soil organic CArbon in croplands using Imaging Spectroscopy
GORISK - A multi-approach tool for the volcanic risk management of the Goma region (North Kivu)
ENDELEO - Development of a remote sensing derived tool to assess the impact of conservation policy measures and drought on East African ecosystems
RE-COLOUR - Reconstruction of colour schemes
RESORT - REmote sensing for Seasonal and Overseas Retrieval of Total suspended Matter
WWW - World Wide Watch by Earth Observation Services
POPSATER - Population estimation by remote sensing
ADASCIS - Earth Observation to support Agricultural Damages Assessment System in Crop Insurance Schemes
INSHORE - Integration of optical and acoustic remote sensing data over the backshore-foreshore-nearshore continuum, a case study in Oostende
MICAS - Monitoring Inland and Coastal waters with the APEX Sensor
MULTITICK - Multiscale and multisensor modeling of the spatial distribution of tick-borne diseases
MUSAR - An Innovation Project on Multistatic Opportunistic SAR
WAVARS - Web-based assessment of operator performance and variability in remote sensing image analysis
APLADYN - Anthropogenic and physical landscape dynamics in large fluvial systems
BIOHYPE - Biomonitoring of urban habitat quality with airborne hyperspectral observations
EPIDEMOIST - Improving epidemiological modelling using satellite derived soil moisture proxies
FOMO - Remote sensing of the forest transition and its ecosystem impacts in mountain environments
HYPERFOREST - Advanced airborne hyperspectral remote sensing to support forest management
VEGECLIM - Integrating SPOT-VEGETATION 10-yr Time Series and Land-Surface Modelling to Forecast the Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics in a Changing Climate
VEGEMIX - Multi-temporal Unmixing of Mixed Vegetation Systems: a Focus on Invasive Plant Species Monitoring
HYPERMIX - Hyperspectral-hyperspatial data fusion and unmixing techniques to tackle the spectral-spatial resolution trade-off
ASIMUD - Remote Sensing Data Assimilation in Modelling of Urban Dynamics
SOC3D - Three dimensional soil organic carbon monitoring using VNIR reflectance spectroscopic techniques
ENDELEO/OPS - Support to remote sensing based services in Kenya to assess the impact of conservation policy measures and drought on East African ecosystems
TICKRISK - Assessing ecological suitability for the spread of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus in West Africa
UNESCO-WATCH - Development of an operational remote sensing monitoring system for the UNESCO World Heritage tropical forest sites
MORECA - Monitoring of large scale small holder reforestation projects for carbon finance mechanisms
SATHELI - Synergy of very high resolution satellite and helicopter data for the spatio‐temporal characterisation of small water body dynamics
FLOODMOIST - Flood mapping and soil moisture retrieval for improved water management
RE-LEARN - Re-using field reference data in space and time for vegetation mapping: the potential of semisupervised and active LEARNing techniques
ESSENSE - Mapping regulating Ecosystem Services using remote SENSing imagEry
HEATHRECOVER - Remote sensing support to assist ecological restoration management after heathland fires
BEL-GOYA - Dynamics of river plumes from MERIS, MODIS and GOCI ocean colour data
BUSHTICK - Changing farming, bush encroachment, and tick-borne disease risk in southern Norway
EVA-3M - Evapotranspiration: Monitoring at high resolution with MSG and Moderate resolution satellites
GEOCOLOUR - Preparation for Geostationary Ocean Colour
JELLYFOR - Jellyfish forecasting service based on Earth Observation
ReMEDy - Remote Monitoring of tropical Ecosystem Dynamics
SENSAR - Improvement of remote sensing products for soil moisture using ground-penetrating radar
SPRINT - SPaceborne Radar INterferometric Techniques for Humanitarian Demining Land Release
VALI-URB - Urban sprawl and ecological corridors: Consolidation of VHRS remote sensing methods
Vi-X - Study and monitoring of Virunga volcanoes using Tandem-X
WWW2 - World Wide Watch by Earth Observation Services - Phase II
RAGALIRS - The Raganello catchment: airborne imaging spectroscopy and laser scanning as an aid for archaeological research and site reconstruction
SIDSAT - SIDSAT: Using the ‘magic’ of satellite images as support for education: Understanding climate change effects on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
BELAIR2013 - BELAIR2013: Belgian BELAIR supersite and pilot campaign