Events - 20/05/2019
Time flies like an arrow and we have already crossed the equator of the TRUSTEE project. The mid-term meeting along with new network  trainings were held in September at the University of Milano-Bicocca. For Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) from the Northern countries it seemed like a return to Summer. However, it’s not yet time to rest  – time to report. ... Read more
Events - 26/09/2018
TRUSTEE session at the ESA’s living planet symposium in Milano (13-17 May 2019) is now open for abstract submission
TRUSTEE project is proud to organize a session at the ESA’s living planet symposium in Milano (13-17 May 2019)! And it is now open for your abstract submission for an oral or poster presentation. The topic of the session is: Remote sensing for ecosystem modelling: scalability of plant traits, essential biodiversity variables and ecosystem functional properties from the leaf to the ecosystem level (A3.01). ... Read more
Events - 14/09/2018
Newsletter no. 4
When one thinks of summer, one may perhaps linger to the thought of a beautiful beach or a relaxing sun-glint landscape. While sun-induced thoughts were definitely on their minds, the ESRs didn’t relax as they put on their hats, grabbed their instruments and embarked on intense field campaigns. All with the strong belief that suffering during fieldwork is temporary, while datasets are eternal. A few of them even found time to attend and present results at international conferences. Read below for more. Continue reading… Read more
Events - 25/04/2018
Newsletter no. 3
Close your eyes and imagine a Spanish beach, the dazzling sun, a splashing sea… “¡vaya, vaya! Aquí no hay playa!” In fact, Spain almost didn’t have the sun that week when 12 TRUSTEE early stage researchers (ESRs) and trainees from Spanish National Research Council (CSIS), Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and University of Extremadura gathered again to study a pasture tree-grass ecosystem (‘dehesa’) of Majadas. What ESRs learnt this time – read here. ... Read more
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
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