Successful sessions and talks at ESA-LPS

Successful sessions and talks at ESA-LPS

Biodiversity session at ESA LPS n Prague 2016

Biodiversity session at ESA LPS n Prague 2016

The biodiversity and conservation sessions at the ESA Living Planet Symposium was a huge success. We had a full room with highly interested audience and very fruitful discussions about how remote sensing can help to understand biodiversity patterns as well as the road ahead with Remote Sensing Essential Biodiversity Variables (RS-EBVs). The sessions were organized by Marc Paganini, Gary Geller, Michael Schaepman, Nathalie Pettorelli and Martin Wegmann.

From our department did Ruben Remelgado present his work on remotely sensed environmental variables and their explanatory power for animal movement patterns and Martin Wegmann presented the theoretical and strategic background as well as a variety of achievements how remote sensing can successfully be implemented in ecology and conservation.

We are looking forward to the next ESA-LPS with again highly interesting talks within biodiversity, ecology and conservation sessions.

New SPOT stereo and multispectral data granted

New SPOT stereo and multispectral data granted

Via an official proposal submitted to the ESA,  multispectral and stereo panchromatic SPOT 6/7 and Pleiades scenes were achieved over a portion of dry deciduous western Hymalayan region of India. The data delivery include three  multispectral  SPOT 6, two multispectral SPOT 7, two multispectral Pleiades, two stereo panchromatic SPOT 6 and one stereo panchromatic SPOT 7 scenes. The total value of the granted scenes amounts to ca. 3100 EUR.

Stereo Pair Images and Multi-temporal multi spectral data of SPOT 6/7 (1.5 m spatial resolution)

Stereo Pair Images and Multi-temporal multi spectral data of SPOT 6/7 (1.5 m spatial resolution)

The data has been granted and is currently being aplied under the project running title “Object Based approaches for remote sensing-assisted assessment of forest biodiversity focusing on plant species diversity and forest structural parameters”. The project serves as a part of the PhD work of Siddhartha Khare (Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee) supervised by Prof. S.K. Ghosh and Dr. Hooman Latifi from University of Würzburg.

 

Biodiversity Session at the ESA Living Planet Symposium

Biodiversity Session at the ESA Living Planet Symposium

Biodiversity Session at the ESA Living Planet Symposium
Prague, 9-13 May 2016

The European Space Agency recently announced the organisation of their forthcoming Living Planet Symposium (LPS) 2016 that will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 9 to 13 May 2016.

Organised by: Martin Wegmann (University of Wuerzburg), Nathalie Pettorelli (ZSL), Andrew Skidmore (ITC), Sander Mucher (University of Wageningen), Marc Paganini (ESA).

The Living Planet Symposium is a major Earth Observation symposium that is organised every 3 years by the European Space Agency. The previous LPS symposia took place in Edinburgh (2013), Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007)
and Salzburg (2004). In 2013, it attracted over 1,800 participants from all continents. The LPS symposium provides a forum for EO experts to present and discuss their scientific and application research in Earth Observation. It covers the exploitation of satellite data in various thematic domains such as Atmosphere, Oceanography, Cryosphere, Land, Natural Hazards, Climate and Meteorology, Solid Earth. It has also sessions on EO missions, calibration and validation , methodologies and EO products and Science 2.0.

This year a session on “biodiversity and conservation” will be organised with a special focus on the development of (EBVs) from remote sensing,  and on the use of Earth Observation for conversation actions. You are all cordially invited to participate and submit an abstract.

When you submit an abstract you will be requested to select your main theme (i.e. your biodiversity realm such as land, oceanography, cryosphere, etc). When filling in your abstract, you are kindly requested to indicate “Biodiveristy” as one of your keywords. Up to 5 keywords can be provided such as biodiversity but also biomass, coastal zones, wetlands, open science, water quality, LC/LU, GEO, citizen science, etc. Feel free to use any of these keywords but it is essential that biodiversity be included in your abstract.

More information about the event is available at: http://lps16.esa.int

The deadline to submit abstracts is fixed on the 16 October 2016.  Full papers for accepted contributions are required to be provided during the conference and will be published in an ESA Special Publication.

Looking forward to having most of you with us at the LPS 2016.