EO_Regions! - BAsic Research In Support to EO_Regions

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Context and objectives

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 granted in the frame of the 13th call of the Plan Marshall 2022- Pôle Skywin of the Walloon Region.

EO_Regions! aims to develop innovating Earth observing downstream services based on:

  • new methodologies and services for dynamical monitoring of territories based on EO data;
  • new services targeted to users not expert in Earth observation, but interested in the added value of the generated service information;
  • a strong expertise to predict service accuracy and to ensure correct use of the 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;
  • an integrated infrastructure for BIG DATA storage and easy, quick and flexible access.

The application fields are:

  • land use management;
  • forestry: change detection (clear cut…) health monitoring, disease detection…;
  • natural hazards: old mineshaft monitoring, ground movements follow-up, subsidence monitoring, flood and water hazards…;
  • agriculture: crop survey, crop growth monitoring.

EO_Regions_Science aims to consolidate the scientific basis on which the services proposed by EO_Regions! are built and to facilitate their operationalization.
 

Project outcome

Expected scientific results

  • Corner Reflector specifications and design for ground displacement measurements by DInSAR based on Sentinel-1 imaging;
  • Ontologies allowing to ensure a coherence between users request and performed treatments, providing the most valuable service to the user, even if he doesn’t have any knowledge in the remote sensing domain and its specific vocabulary;
  • Change analysis & detection toolbox;
  • Improved methodology for crop modelling and yield forecasting at parcel level in Senegal.
     

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), University of Liège (ULg)…

Poland and Senegal have been identified as potential international end-users.