News & Events

Events - 02/12/2017
Flying Drone for Science (Newsletter no. 2)
DE   IT   FR   HI   RU   ES   EN Flying drones is fun for everyone and this autumn in the UK the TRUSTEE ESRs had the opportunity to experience it. The third TRuStEE technical course focused on drone operation was recently (30 October to 3 November) held at the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), Penryn campus, University of Exeter. The course provided a unique opportunity for the ESRs to learn how drones can be used for ecosystem monitoring. This four-day course was organized by Dr. Karen Anderson and her colleagues from the ESI, giving a theoretical and practical knowledge of handling drones for research purposes. The course covered different aspects of drone operations, such as principles of drone flying, electronic components of drone, sensors for research purpose, flight planning, drone data processing etc. During the training, the usage of drones was explained through case studies by Dr. David Luscombe (Thermal imaging using drone), Davis Walker (Study of Ocean glitter), Dr. Karen Anderson (‘Structure from motion’ models using drone images for Beaver impact assessment). Dr. Alasdair Mac Arthur (Theory of spectral sensor calibration and characterization). After two days of theory, finally, a day of practice followed! Course participants were taken to the Woodland Valley Farm, where beavers have been introduced to control natural floods. Here, Mr. Chris Jones, the owner of the farm, explained the role of beavers in flood control and impact of the beaver introduction on the ecosystem. The goal of that day was to collect UAV-based data for Structure from Motion analysis to monitor beavers’ impacts on the vegetation. Taking turns, the researchers played roles of pilot and co-pilot and surveyed the ground control points that would be used for the post-processing of the obtained data. ... Read more
News - 21/11/2017
New version of Orfeo ToolBox 6.2.0
The OTB Dev Team announced that a new version of Orfeo ToolBox 6.2.0 is out! As usual, ready-to-use binary packages are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X: You can also checkout the source directly with git: git clone OTB -b release-6.2 Read more
Events - 27/06/2017
Milano Training school (Newsletter)
 DE   IT   FR   HI   RU   ES   EN The first training school on Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Modeling was successfully held in sunny Italy at the campus of University of Milano-Bicocca. The team of ten early stage researchers were trained to unveil reflectance and chlorophyll fluorescence from vegetation for better understanding ecosystem functioning at local and global scale. TRuStEE, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks Action funded by European Union’s HORIZON-2020 program, successfully organized its first training school at the campus of University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. The aim of the TRuStEE is to train a new generation of scientists with complementary and interdisciplinary skills in remote sensing of vegetation, and to improve the overall knowledge on this field. During two weeks of this training, ten early stage researchers (ESRs) from highly diverse background and from all around the world (Italy, Switzerland, Greece, India, Spain, Colombia and Russia) were educated on the basics of remote sensing, ecosystem modelling and processing of remote sensing data. The First week training activities were mainly theory based lectures such as Basics on Remote Sensing, by Micol Rossini (UNIMIB); An introduction to Earth Observations and Campaigns, by Dirk Schüttemeyer (ESA); Modelling approaches by Christiaan van der Tol (ITC); Global Carbon Cycle, by Mirco Migliavacca (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, MPIB); Introduction to Time Series Analysis in the context of Earth Observations, by Sebastian Sippel (MPIB) and Vegetation Models, by Silvia Caldararu (MPIB). ... Read more