Operational application of Ecosystem Functional Property maps to diagnose anomalies in crop production due to vegetation stress

Host Institute
AeroVision BV
Host Country
Then Netherlands


The ESR project will focus on the development of satellite remote sensing products of ecosystem functional properties for agricultural crop phenology seasonal cycles for farming on the islands of Zeeland, where soil conditions, salinity and micro-topography determine leaf traits and the agricultural productivity.
Expected Results:
i) a time series of maps of plant trait data for selected agricultural fields in The Netherlands;
ii) quantification of the effects of stress and diseases on the seasonal cycle of crops and their productivity.
In addition, the ESR activities will include:
to participate in measurement field campaigns;
to publish of a minimum of three scientific papers and a PhD dissertation;
to participate in project meetings and trainings, and to present results at conferences.


This position involves:
i) a four month secondment at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) under the supervision by Prof. van der Tol, purpose: proposal writing and training; crop growth modelling, satellite RS and GIS.
ii) a three month secondment at the Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain) under the supervision by Dr. Pilar Martin, purpose: analyzing seasonal phenological cycles and stress factors of crops
iii) a two month secondment at the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany) under the supervision by Prof. Uwe Rascher, purpose: phenological cycle and stress detection.


The activity will be supervised by Dr. Tamme van der Wal.