Belgian Earth Observation Day 2012

9 mei 2012

9 mei 2012

Hoogstraat 6
8000 Bruges

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In the year 2001, the Belgian Government launched the programme "STEREO: Support to the exploitation and research of earth observation data". Since the launch of the programme annual meetings have been organised intended as a forum where the Belgian players in the field of remote sensing could meet, present and discuss their work.

STEREO II Support to Exploitation and Research in Earth Observation

The STEREO II programme aims at putting Belgium on the map as a centre of expertise in a number of remote sensing areas and to establish the use of remote sensing as a common technique in the greatest possible number of research and application fields.

Scientific research

Research focuses on following topics:

  • Global monitoring of vegetation and changes in large terrestrial ecosystems
  • Environmental management (water, soil, forests, agriculture, coastal areas, urban areas and suburban areas)
  • Health and humanitarian aid
  • Security and risk management
  • Three types of projects are financed: large thematic networks, smaller satellite projects and development of products and services.


STEREO II puts a lot of emphasis on the promotion of its scientific results and of remote sensing as a whole. The Earth Observation HelpDesk is the hub of this activity. Its website ( is both a user-friendly tool for the teams involved in the programme and an open door to the general public and international scientific community.


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Registration and coffee
Conference Opening - STEREO II and beyond


Keynote - Opportunities within the upcoming ESA Earth observation programmes

Marc Paganini (ESA)

First session: Final results of projects – call 2007
The World Wide Watch project experience

Pierre Defourny, Céline Lamarche and Tim Jacobs

Remote sensing support for a jellyfish forecasting model

Quinten Vanhellemont, Kevin Ruddick, Anton Albajes-Eizagirre, Laia Romero, Aureli Soria-Frisch, Charlotte O'Kelly and Rory O'Connell

Optimizing a coupled hydrologic-hydraulic model using remotely sensed soil moisture and flood extents

Niko Verhoest, Marnick Vanclooster, Bernard De Baets, Valentijn Pauwels, Lucien Hoffmann, Hans Lieven, Sébastien Lambot, Julien Minet, Hilde Vernieuwe, Douglas Plaza, Patrick Matgen and Laura Giustarini

Coffee break
Proba-V: New opportunities for evapotranspiration monitoring at continental scale

Nicholas Ghilain, Frederik De Roo and Françoise Gellens-Meulenberghs

Second session: Presentation new projects – call 2011 (max 10 min each)
Integrated processing and ground truthing of hyperspectral and LiDAR images in Archaeology

Véronique De Laet, Luc Bertels, David Jordan, Martijn Van Leusen, Y. Jung Choi, Ben Somers, Dries Raymaekers and Els Knaeps

Using DINEOF for the estimation of inter-sensor biases in sea surface temperature fields

Igor Tomazic, Aida Alvera-Azcárate, Charles Troupin, Alexander Barth, Jean-Marie Beckers and Françoise Orain

ESSENSE - Mapping regulating Ecosystem Services using remote SENSing imagEry

Birgen Haest, Jan Staes, Sander Jacobs, Fernandino Villa, Ben Somers, Stéphanie Delalieux and Patrick Meire

Flood mapping and soil moisture retrieval for improved water management

Niko Verhoest, Lucien Hoffmann, Paul Bates, Patrick Matgen and Hans Lievens

Grazing suitability indicators from Earth observation to improve buffalo-cattle contact risk models

Zaneta Kaszta, Ruben Van De Kerchove, Sabine Vanhuysse and Eléonore Wolff

RE-LEARN - RE-using field reference data in space and time for vegetation mapping: the potential of semisupervised and active LEARNing techniques

Birgen Haest, Jan-Pieter Jacobs, Stefan Livens, Paul Scheunders, Devis Tuia and Gustavo Camps-Valls

Spatio-temporal characterisation of small water bodies using very high resolution satellite and helicopter imagery

Els De Roeck, Frieke Van Coillie, Robert De Wulf, Karen Soenen, Johannes Charlier, Jozef Vercruysse, Wouter Hantson, Els Ducheyne and Guy Hendrickx

Remote sensing of turbid waters. A closer look at the SWIR

Els Knaeps, Kevin Ruddick, Ana Dogliotti, David Doxaran and Sindy Sterckx

Improvement of remote sensing products for soil moisture using ground-penetrating radar

Sébastien Lambot and Xavier Neyt

HeathReCover - Remote sensing support to assist ecological restoration management after heathland fires

Birgen Haest, Jeroen Vanden Borre,Toon Spanhove, Sander Veraverbeke, Luc Bertels, Stefaan Lhermitte, Marc Dufrêne, Martine Waterinckx and Geert De Blust

Monitoring of urban sprawl and ecological corridors

Emilie Hanson, Anne Puissant, Laurence Hubert-Moy and Eléonore Wolff

Study and monitoring of Virunga volcanoes using TANDEM-X

Fabien Albino, Dominique Derauw and François Kervyn

Third session: Presentation of first results thematic projects – call 2008
Tropical forests phenology from SPOT-VEGETATION 10-yr time series to improve land-surface modelling in the Amazon and Congo basin for terrestrial carbon dynamics assessment

Hans Verbeeck, Inès Moreau, Marjolein De Weirdt , Astrid Verhegghen, Kathy Steppe and Pierre Defourny

Hyperforest: Advanced airborne hyperspectral remote sensing to support forest management

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

Coffee break
Forest transition in mountain environments: topographic corrections and modelling of ecosystem services

Anton Van Rompaey, Veerle Vanacker, Vincent Balthazar, Eric Lambin, Jacklyn Hall, Patrick Hostert, Patrick Griffiths, Steven Vanonckelen and Armando Molina

Chlorophyll fluorescence of urban vegetation in relation to traffic exposure: a novel biomonitoring approach

Shari Van Wittenberghe, Luis Alonso, Inge Hermans, Jochem Verrelst, Jesus Delegido, Frank Veroustraete, Roland Valcke, José Moreno and Roeland Samson

Integration of remote sensing and field geomorphology for studying dune dynamics and aeolian-fluvial-human interaction in central Egypt

Ihab Mohamed, Gert Verstraeten, Véronique De Laet, José Manuel Delgado Blasco and Marijn Hendrickx

Closure of the workshop


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.