Riparian Remote Monitoring for river management in Wallonia (RIREMO)

Start-End 01/12/2016 -  30/04/2020
Programme STEREO 3
Contract SR/00/347
Objective Riparian zones are central landscape features providing several ecosystem services and are exceptionally rich in biodiversity. In our project, remote sensing techniques will be used to develop automated analysis of the regional river network and riparian buffer.
Method The RiReMo project is based on free of charge remote sensing data which will provide 3D and spectral information about the entire river network and their riparian zone in Wallonia (> 12,000 km). These data will be used to derive indicator of the quality of the studied area. In close collaboration with field river managers, the RiReMo project will derive efficient management indicators which will be promoted through an online platform used by all river managers in Wallonia.
Result Expected Scientific Results:

The project outcomes and methods will be promoted through several research articles, both for science popularization and peer-reviewed publications. More specifically, 2 research articles (peer review) are planned:
Paper n°1: Multitemporal analysis of Canopy Height Model from photogrammetric and LiDAR point clouds
Paper n°2: Characterization of riparian zone quality using hybrid time series of CHM and satellite imagery

Expected Products and Services:

The project will provide cost-effective, repeatable and ready-to-use tools to evaluate action programs. The information's available at different scales in the online platform will also offer a set of decision-making tools, from day-to-day management to regional planning of the riparian zone management. In terms of skills transfer, the administration will be able to update the indicators when the source data will be re-acquired.
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