Airborne Imaging Spectroscopy Workshop 2012

4 september 2012

4 september 2012

Hoogstraat 6
8000 Bruges

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Airborne imaging spectroscopy is an established remote sensing technique with an expanding range of applications in the environmental and earth sciences. Based on the detection of narrow contiguous bands, it allows the identification of terrestrial materials by their reflectance spectrum

Over the past few years, ESA’s Airborne Imaging Spectrometer APEX (Airborne Prism Experiment) was developed under the Prodex program by a Swiss-Belgian consortium, with the aim of fostering the use of imaging spectroscopy for scientific applications and support simulation and cross-calibration/validation of new sensors.

APEX features up to 532 spectral bands acquired in 1000 pixels across track with a FOV of 28°, resulting in ground pixels sizes of 1.5-2.5m at typical flight levels of 3000-5000m above target.

APEX has been formally accepted by ESA at the end of 2010. Consequently, 2011 was the first year of operations, resulting in two flight windows of a total of 7 weeks in 2011.

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Registration and coffee

Johan Stessens, VITO

Keynote: Hierarchical representation of hyperspectral images using binary partition trees

Jocelyn Chanussot (GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble Institute of Technology), Silvia Valero (GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble / UPCBarcelona) and Philippe Salembier (UPC Barcelona)

APEX sensor and data calibration & flight data acquisition to higher level products

Andreas Hueni, Koen Meuleman, Sindy Sterckx, Michael Jehle, Kristin Vreys, Bart Bomans, Johan Mijnendonckx, Bart Michiels, Jan Biesemans, Tim Deroose, Michael Schaepman and the APEX Team

Deriving water quality from APEX imagery

Els Knaeps, Dries Raymaekers, Sindy Sterckx and Daniel Odermatt

Mapping the spatial variability of optical properties in Mantua lakes with the APEX sensor

Mariano Bresciani, Claudia Giardino, Erica Matta, Federica Braga and Marco Bartoli

Littoral bottom mapping and water constituent retrieval in lakes using APEX data, the bio-optical model BOMBER and submersed artificial surfaces

Sebastian Roessler, Patrick Wolf, Thomas Scheider and Arnulf Melzer

Improved target detection in urban area using combined LiDAR and APEX data

Michal Shimoni and Koen Meuleman

Mapping urban land cover from APEX hyperspectral data: a case study on the Woluwe catchment, Brussels

Luca Demarchi, Jonathan C.-W. Chan and Frank Canters

SOC3D: three dimensional soil organic carbon monitoring using VNIR reflectance spectrometry

Leonardo Ramirez-Lopez, Kim Knauer, Bas van Wesemael, Martin Schlerf, Antoine Stevens, Thomas Udelhoven and Lucien Hoffmann

Integrated sensing to support fertilization management in precision agriculture

Lammert Kooistra, Jan Verbesselt, Petra van Vliet, Jacob van den Borne and Wilco van der Velde

Preparing for the EnMAP satellite mission – test and evaluation of the EnMAP-box for the retrieval of agriculturally relevant biophysical variables using APEX data

Tobias Hank, Katja Richter, Matthias Locherer and Wolfram Mauser

Coffee break
APEX for heathland and coastal vegetation monitoring applications: first results and ongoing activities

Birgen Haest, Jeroen Vanden Borre,Toon Spanhove, Luc Bertels, Markus Reinhold, Sebastien Schmidtlein, Stephanie Delalieux, Sander Veraverbeke, Els Knaeps and Désiré Paelinckx

On the use of APEX data for a spatially explicit mapping of vegetational composition and habitat types in a dryland nature reserve

Carsten Neumann, Daniel Spengler and Sibylle Itzerott

Change detection in the case of continuous gradients in species composition

Sebastian Schmidtlein, Ulrike Faude, Hannes Feilhauer and Markus Reinhold

A multiscale segmentation approach to filling the gap of strip dark line in APEX hyperspectral imageries

Zahra Dabiri, Stefan Lang and Thomas Blaschke

Retrieving the bioenergy and biomass potentials from energy crops using APEX and HyMap data

Thomas Udelhoven, Miriam Machwitz, Martin Schlerf, Christian Bossung, Laura Giustarini and Lucien Hoffmann

APEX and LiDAR remote sensing supporting fine-scale forest management

Ben Somers, Pieter Kempeneers, Flore Devriendt, Frieke Vancoillie and Kris Vandekerkhove

APEX data and animal movement patterns: mapping vegetation quantity and quality in the Swiss National Park

Anna-Katharina Schweiger, Maja Rapp, Alexander Damm, Anita C. Risch and Ruedi Haller

Tour and dinner in Brewery ”De Halve Maan”


Hoogstraat 6 - 8000 Bruges - België

The workshop will take place at the the Grand Hotel Casselbergh, located at the heart of the historical centre of the UNESCO world heritage city of Bruges.