Working group 3 "sensor synergies" organised jointly with colleagues from the Emphasis network a virtual workshop on the 10th FEB 2021. Aim was the identification of cutting edge topics to foster future collaborations and to develop new ideas and new concepts by bringing the two communities together. For instance, remote sensing and phenotyping communities use the same sensor technologies (hyperspectral, thermal, fluorescence, 3-D, etc.) and need similar retrieval methods, but work on different scales with overlap at the field- and UAV-platform levels and target different applications (e.g. precision agriculture vs. phenotyping). Thus, we brought experts from the remote sensing and plant phenotyping communities together to exchange and discuss where are common interests and synergy effects. Mainly, the focus was led on the assessment of vegetation properties and crop stress and disease detection using synergies from both communities and, ultimately, to develop a strategy to work closer together. 139 researcher attended the workshop which was divided into two parts. First, four talks on cutting edge topics from both communities were presented and discussed. The presentations are available here:
•Martin Schlerf (LIST Luxembourg): “Remote sensing of vegetation – some claims on selected traits.”
•Roland Pieruschka (FZ Jülich, Germany): “Phenotyping for crop improvement - technologies - access – knowledge.”
•Frederic Baret (INRA, Avignon, France): “From satellite remote sensing to close range phenotyping: a revolution in traits accessible, data volume and interpretation methods”
•Jose Jimenez-Berni (Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Spanish National Research Council – CSIC, Cordoba, Spain): “Field Phenomics beyond crop breeding: exploring the interception between remote sensing and crop physiology.”
The second part was an open discussion led by Uwe Rascher on the intersections of both communities and on unsolved questions which are of interest for both.
For us, the organising team, the high interest, the large number of participants and the feedback after the workshop outreached by far our expectations and we are looking forward to more events which may follow the coming month!!
Thank you all!
Uwe Rascher (FZ Jülich, Germany), Katja Berger (LMU, Germany), Sven Fahrner (FZ Jülich, Germany), Miriam Machwitz (LIST, Luxembourg), Roland Pieruschka (FZ Jülich, Germany) & Martin Schlerf (LIST Luxembourg) (order according to the picture)