In late summer we had to change our plans and organised a virtual summer school. Please find a summary here.

After carefully assessing the European situation, the general opinion of the organizing committee was that SENSECO should not take unnecessary risks by bringing people from all over Europe together. Please note that we have the responsibility to assure a safe event for all involved people, which can not be given at the moment regarding the pandemic. Moreover, in many countries physical lectures at the Universities are replaced by online lectures, and it was perceived that it should also be the right way for this summer school.

Therefore, unfortunately the organizing committee decided that the summer school will not take place as originally planned. 

As a valuable replacement, the event will be:

  1. transformed into a two-days online event (September 23 and 24, 2020 - save the date!), and  
  2. postponed to next year, given that the situation in Europe has improved.

The online event will be open only to candidates who successfully applied before the deadline. The teaching material will be available to all SENSECO members afterwards.

The final programme is available here!

In the coming days, all applicants will receive instructions on how to follow and interact in the online training event.

Best regards,

The EO-SENSE organizing committee

IMPORTANT! Summer School announcement and deadline!

Dear all,

we are happy to announce that a joint Summer School (all WGs) entitled "EO-SENSE: sensing of vegetation traits in space and time", will be held in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) from 20-27 September 2020.

All details can be found in the flyer here!

The selection of participants will be communicated shortly after the submission deadline (31 July 2020).

Please share the flyer among your networks!

Best regards,

Summer School organizers

WG1 training school on fundamentals of remote sensing and plant physiology

Key info

Date: 2-3 April 2020

Location: Tartu Observatory, Tartu, Estonia

Application deadline: email to giulia.tagliabue@unimib.it  by 2 February 2020

Full description

WG1 aims to tackle the scaling gap between leaf and satellite measurements in order to link driving mechanisms at the leaf scale. Advancing in this topic requires some knowledge 1) on the basics of plant physiology, 2) on the effect of physiology on the spectral signals of leaves and 3) on the radiative transfer of these signals from the leaf to the top of the canopy and to a remote sensor. WG1 members present wide diversity of backgrounds in remote sensing and other sciences, but are not always familiar with all of the above mentioned topics.

In order to facilitate the participation of as much SENSECO members as possible in WG1 activities, WG1 organizes the TRAINING SCHOOL ON FUNDAMENTALS OF REMOTE SENSING AND PLANT FUNCTIONAL TRAITS. This school will present the principles of the following topics:

  • Plant physiology. This section will explain processes such as photosynthesis, thermal dissipation, fluorescence, and the connection of these processes with spectral signals detectable from remote sensors;
  • Radiative Transfer. This section will show the basics of how reflected and emitted radiances are propagated from leaves to space;
  • Retrieval of functional traits. This section will show how information about functional properties of vegetation can be estimated from spectroradiometric measurements.

The training school will take place in the Tartu Observatory, Tartu, Estonia, on 2-3 April 2020.

If you are interested in participating, please, send your CV and a short motivation explaining why this course is interesting for your career and for your participation in the action to giulia.tagliabue@unimib.it  by 2 February 2020.

The number of attendants is limited so candidates might have to be selected according to the potential impact that the course could have in their careers.
(We have not discussed about this, but if we have more candidates that vacancies, we'll have to select according to some criteria). The candidates will be notified by 15 February 2020 about the possibility to participate in the Training School.

Also, if you want to attend and you have specific knowledge in some of the topics of the course, let us know if you'd be willing to collaborate with a short lecture in that section.

“Traceability Chains, Uncertainty Propagation and Calibration/Validation” Training School

The training will take place 18-21 November at the National Institute of Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, building CETAL (Center for Advanced Laser Technologies), Magurele, Romania. The program of this training school can be found here.

This workshop aims to provide a guidance on 1) laboratory based radiometric calibration and the corresponding uncertainty propagation equation, applied to field spectrometers, and 2) uncertainty/variability propagation of field measurements to top of the  canopy radiances using radiative transfer models. The training school will bring together both experts and young scientists working  with field spectrometers. The workshop is limited to 8 participants and is not open for the public at large. Therefore, only 8 grants will be covered by this COST Action.

Application with abstract and CV to participate in the workshop must be emailed to the workshop organizers – Laura MIHAI (laura.mihai@inflpr.ro), Andreas HUENI (ahueni@geo.uzh.ch), Javier PACHECO-LABRADOR (jpacheco@bgc-jena.mpg.de) before 1  September 2019.

Looking forward to see you in Magurele,
Training School Organizers

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