Digital mapping and monitoring of soils - EUFAR Soil Spectroscopy Workshop 2016

Digital mapping and monitoring of soils - EUFAR Soil Spectroscopy Workshop 2016 (photo: S. Chabrillat).

Participants of the workshop (photo: C. Scheidt, GFZ).

26.09.2016: How can emerging remote sensing technologies support the digital mapping and monitoring of soils? To find answers on this question, the GFZ section Remote Sensing, and the Tel-Aviv University, Israel, conduct a workshop on the "Implementation of Soil Spectroscopy for digital mapping and monitoring of soils: Towards space applications and Technology Transfer Office activities". The workshop, from 28 to 29 September at the GFZ, is organized within the frame of the European Facility for Airborne Research, EUFAR, Expert Working Group on Hyperspectral Remote Sensing.

Hyperspectral imagery, a technology that collects and processes information from across the electromagnetic spectrum, bears a large potential for the characterization of soil properties and the generation of comprehensive soil maps. This potential has not been fully exploited due to limitations in data availability and availability of adequate software tools.

The workshop gathers young scientists and experts in the field of hyperspectral remote sensing of soils. It will discuss new potentials for the development and standardization of soil spectral libraries. Further topics are spatial mapping applications from upcoming hyperspectral satellites, and commercial applications of the technology. The discussions are supported by demonstration exercises with new instrumentation, data analyses, and image processing software. (ak)

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