Funding: EU - European Union Status
SEDMEDHY focuses on detecting soil erosion processes applying airborne and LIDAR remote sensing data within Mediterranean agricultural areas. Specific issues are considered:
1) discriminating crop residue, sparse vegetation and bare soil types using high resolution hyperspectral data;
2) integrating detailed terrain information to account for small scale variations in the topography;
3) defining soil surface characteristics as indicators of soil erosion stages;
4) developing a methodology to classify the soil and crop cover at the pixel and sub-pixel level; and
5) obtaining high spectral resolution data at different spatial resolutions to address scaling issues of future spaceborne hyperspectral sensors (e.g. EnMAP - Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Program).
SEDMEDHY project takes place within EUFAR (www.eufar.net) Transnational Access and is lead by CIEMAT (link to webpage http://www.ciemat.es), Madrid, Spain. The Camarena area in central Spain (Toledo) has been chosen as a representative area of Mediterranean agricultural environments that present contrasted soil horizons at the surface, and is very sensitive to erosion processes.