EO_Regions!_Science (EO_Regions!)

Start-End 01/06/2016 -  31/08/2018
Programme STEREO 3
Contract SR/00/309
Objective The objective of the present EO_Regions_Science Shared-Cost project is to perform a consistent and coordinated set of basic research activities in support to the EO_Regions! project that was submitted in the context of the 13th call of the Plan Marshall 2022- Pôle Skywin of the Walloon Region, and granted official label R1 by the Walloon Government at the end of December 2015.
EO_Regions! aims to develop innovating Earth observing downstream services based on:
an integrated infrastructure for BIG DATA storage and easy, quick and flexible access;
new methodologies and services for dynamical monitoring of territories based on Sentinel data;
a strong expertise to predict service accuracy and to ensure correct use of the information;
new services targeted to users being not expert in Earth observation, but interested in the added value of the generated service information;
implementation of a local service allowing the combination and re-use of geospatial data, over a territory, in order to increase the added value of existing data.
The application fields are numerous:
management/valorization of the natural resources in Wallonia,
land use management, taking account of environmental trade-offs,
agriculture, forestry, crop yield monitoring,
teaching and geomarketing.
The defined end-users in Wallonia are
administrations : Ville de Liège, Province de Liège (office of calamities), Services Publics de Wallonie (SPW)
the Bemelmans society, operating in forestry management as well in Belgium as in France and Luxemburg
scientific teams: Institut Scientifique de Service Public (ISSeP) and Unité de Géomatique (UGEOM) of the Geographic Department of the University of Liège (ULg)…
After having developed a functional, portable methodology performing for commercial applications of satellite imagery at regional scale, EO_Regions! intends to export the result as a tool-box to other European regions and emergent countries. Especially, Poland and Senegal have been identified as end-users. The idea is to act as promoter for the installation and operation of the EO_Regions! system in the targeted regions or countries. This will be favoured by the really major role of Belgium in space industry and the high quality of its laboratories and research teams at international level.
Method WP1: Study of reflectors corners (CR’s) in the context of measurement of ground displacements by DInSAR technique.

WP2: Structuration of user oriented queries and consistency check of treatment chain

Change analysis & detection toolbox

WP4: EO_Regions implementation: from in-situ gathering to users’ needs

WP5: High-resolution Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data assimilation into the AquaCrop model

WP6: Dissemination
Result Expected Scientific Results:
  • Corner reflector specifications  and design in the context of ground displacement measurements by DInSAR technique,  based on Sentinel-1 imaging,
  • Corner Reflector design.
  • Development of ontologies allowing to ensure a coherence between users request and performed treatments.
  • Development and analysis of joint SAR and optical change indicators
  • Improved methodology for yield forecasting at parcel level in Senegal.
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Project Leader: ORBAN Anne CSL (Centre Spatial de Liège)
Team Member: NEYT Xavier ERM/KMS - Signal and Image Centre
Team Member: BILLEN Roland ULg - Département de Sciences géographiques
Team Member: TYCHON Bernard ULG - Eau Environnement Développement (ULG-EED)
Team Member: STEPHENNE Nathalie Institut Scientifique de Service Public
Location Belgium (Belgium)
Sensors used MSI
SAR Sentinel-1
Applications Biology
Economic issues
Environment & Ecology
Forest & natural vegetation
General Earth observation
Geology & soil
Hydrology & freshwater resources
Land planning & infrastructures
Radar Remote Sensing
Solid Earth resources
Urban & suburban
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