The JRC was widely represented at this year's IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS).
IGARSS 2012, held from 22-27 July in Munich, Germany, was the largest ever conference devoted specifically to geoscience and remote sensing. Over 2,600 delegates attended from 67 countries. The five-day conference saw some 2,500 scientific presentations.
Debate on the future of Earth observation in Europe gained focus in a half-day session on the Sentinel satellites, which provide the Earth Observation from space capacity for Europe’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. Speakers from DG ENTR’s GMES Bureau (Reinhard Schulte-Braucks) and the JRC (Alan Belward) emphasized the technological cutting edge of these satellites along with examples of the critical roles they will play in areas including emergency management, responding to crisis situations, meeting the goals and expectations set at the Rio +20 summit and supporting Europe’s development assistance with partners in Africa.
Alan Belward also took part in a second half-day event underscoring the potential and advantages of close collaboration between Europe’s Sentinel-2 platforms and NASA USGS’ Landsat programme. This example of US-EU cooperation in the space domain illustrated how the two Earth observation programmes working together will significantly enhance our knowledge of the changing face of our Planet and the impacts these changes will have on issues such as land availability for food, energy production, biodiversity protection, urbanisation, water demand and climate change.
The JRC was represented by the IES and the IPSC in over 25 different sessions, three of which were co-chaired by the IES. The following lists those in which the IES was involved, with video links where available:
|IGARSS Reference||Presentation||IES speaker(s)/author(s)|
|MO4.13.4||Ocean color products from visible infared imager radiometer suite (VIIRS)||Giuseppe Zibordi et al.|
||Satellite derived vegetation phenological metrics to indicate the decline of European farmland birds||Eva Ivits, Michael Cherlet et al.|
|TU2.2.1||Two-point statistic of polarimetric SAR data provided by a wavelet frame||Gianfranco de Grandi, Alexandre Bouvet et al.|
|TU2.13.2||Rice monitoring using ENVISAT ASAR data||Alexandre Bouvet et al.|
||Exploiting ten years of MERIS data over land surfaces||Nadine Gobron, Lorena Hojas Gascon et al.|
|TU2.15.4||The sentinels and GMES’ applications||Alan Belward|
|TU4.16.2||Ocean colour climate change initiative – approach and initial results||Frederic Melin et al.|
|WE3.10.4||Why linked data should not lead to next generation SDI||Sven Schade, Paul Smits|
|WE4.16.1||Crop area estimation in Ukraine using satellite data within the MARS project||Javier Francisco Gallego et al.|
|TH1.6.3||Characterisation of European ecocystems based on satellite derived productivity and phenological parameters||Eva Ivits, Michael Cherlet, Stefan Sommer, Wolfgang Mehl|
|TH1.10.3||An interactive tool to analyse the benefit of space missions sensing the terrestrial vegetation||Nadine Gobron, Bernard Pinty et al.|
||A percent tree cover map of Africa at a spatial resolution of 100 meters using ALOS PALSAR dualpolarization data||Alexandre Bouvet, Gianfranco de Grandi|
|Session TH2.2||SAR Polarimetry for Earth Observation I||Gianfranco De Grandi et al. (Session Co-Chairs)|
|TH2.4.1||Exploiting the MODIS surface albedos with the two-stream inversion package (JRC-TIP)||Bernard Pinty et al.|
||Automatic assessment of land parcel identification systems for agricultural management||Kadim Tasdemir, Csaba Wirnhardt|
|Session TH3.2||SAR Polarimetry for Earth Observation II||Gianfranco De Grandi et al. (Session Co-Chairs)|
||Discovery broker for multi-disciplinary interoperability||Max Craglia et al.
||Constraining model simulations of GPP using satellite retrieved leaf chlorophyll||Rasmus Houborg, Alessandro Cescatti, Mirco Migliavacca|
||On the relationship between nominal light use efficiency and leaf chlorophyll||Rasmus Houborg et al.|
|FR2.2||Upcoming Global Survey Optical Satellite Missions: Landsat Data Continuity Mission and Sentinel-2 II||Alan Belward et al. (Session Co-Chairs)|
|FR2.2.5||Combined use of Sentinel-2 and LDCM data||Alan Belward|
|FR3.3.3||Remote sensing in support of environmental monitoring and sustainable development of mining regions in desertification affected drylands – drawing from the EU experience of developing methodology for pan-European mining waste inventories and land degradation assessment||Stefan Sommer|
|FR3.7.4||Evaluation the two-stream inversion package (JRC-TIP) over the hainich forest fluxnet site||Bernard Pinty, Jean-Luc Widlowski et al.|
|FR3.8.2||Estimation of gross ecosystem production by hyperspectral and fluorescence measurements in terrestrial ecosystems||Michele Meroni, Mirco Migliavacca et al.|
|FR4.8.1||Modeling chlorophyll fluorescence observations from space and their retrieval||Michele Meroni et al.|
|FR4.8.2||Retrieval of vegetation fluorescence from ground-based and airborne high resolution measurements||Michele Meroni et al.|