BELAIR2013 - Belgian BELAIR supersite and pilot campaign 2013

Context and objectives

The BELAIR2013 project aims to converge the Belgian Scientific Community on the Belgian, European and international needs in the context of targeting Earth Observation data, by identifying a Belgian “multisite” comprising multiple thematic sites, servicing remote sensing (calibration & validation as well as innovative) research activities. While the, in ESA context, well-known Barrax site is in essence an agricultural site, it is the intention to strengthen research capabilities in various thematic areas such as vegetation-, water quality-, soil monitoring, agriculture, forestry (non-limitative enumeration). I.e. congruent with Copernicus, it is the intention to support the Belgian Remote Sensing community as a whole.

Project outcome

Expected scientific results

Expected results:
The BELAIR2013 objectives are to:

  • identify together with BELSPO and key users of the Belgian Earth Observation research (STEREO II) community a Belgian multisite, the BELAIR multisite, covering various thematic research areas,
  • organize a ground campaign and perform in-situ measurements at the BELAIR multisite in collaboration with the key users of the Belgian Earth Observation research community, simultaneously with UAV, APEX and spaceborne data acquisitions,
  • process the UAV and APEX imagery
  • archive and distribute the in-situ, UAV, APEX and satellite images through the CVB (VITO) to the key users of the Belgian Earth Observation research community
  • maximize the use of BELAIR data