Belgian involvement in the new 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 Pléiades, 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 is giving 1.2 million EUR to support the ORFEO support programme for the 2004-2009 period.
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