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Training on Remote Sensing for Ecosystem modElling


Report on the relationships between PT and EFPs. Evaluation of the uncertainty and identification of key EFPs for ecosystem model parameterization

Review of exsisting studies reporting the relationship between plant traits and ecosystem functional properties, with a specific focus on the photosynthetic process. The deliverable will be in the form of a review document.

Review of PTs, EBVs and EFPs retrievable from RS

Literature analysis to identify the more promising and useful PTs, EBVs and EFPs retrievable by RS technique.

Supervisory Board of the network

The list of the members of the supervisory board of the network is defined

Review of up-scaling techniques to produce maps of PTs, EBVs and EFPs from remote sensing data

Review of up-scaling techniques to produce maps of PTs, EBVs and EFPs from remote sensing data.

Standardized protocol for field data acquisition

A technical report will review vegetation structural and biophysical parameters that can be retrieved from RS at different spatial scales. Methods proposed in the literature/international programs will be analyzed and standardized protocols will be proposed including temporal and spatial sampling design, data collection, instrumentation, etc.

Report of the current and foreseen satellite data available for the proposed methodology

A report will review the satellite data best suited to estimate PTs EBVs, and inferring EFPs within the range of currently available instruments with a view on those data that will be made available in the near future. Advantages and potential limitations of the currently available data will be highlighted to provide advices to space agencies (e.g. ESA) on data gaps that should be filled. Synergies between sensors will be analyzed.

Standardized protocol for UAV data acquisition

A standardized protocol will describe how to perform UAV data acquisition in order to get the best quality data and to ease the image processing.

Publication of research results

At least three papers on high impact journal and open source refereed journal are foreseen for each ESR. Publication of the research results to large audience science journals (e.g. Wired magazine) are also expected.

Reports on ESR research training activities

Each ESR with her/his personal supervisor(s) in the host organisation/s will report on the research and training activities and results achieved, including the publication of results in scientific and divulgative journals, the edition of books and booklets, standardized measurement protocols, software development and in the case of private companies, the development of commercial products, in order to update the dissemination plan accordingly.

Report on progress of the training programme

The report will include: 1) the description of the training activities conducted, 2) a report on field experiment conducted as part of the summer school, and 3) the results of the evaluation questionnaire surveys.

Presentation and demonstration to open science events

TRuStEE will be involved in scientific initiatives organized to bring science to a large audience. The beneficiaries will take part to science open science initiative presenting appealing new technologies such as drones, laser scanning, thermal images are appealing for people at all age. The coordinator (UNIMIB) has been part of the organization of the European Night of Researchers in Milano since 2013, and since then has also participated to the Wired Next Fest organized by WIRED in Milano. The other participants have been involved in different science social events through their institutions, e.g. the European Night of Researchers (CSIC, MPG), ‘science in the square’ (UNEXE). Furthermore, Media (local TV and/or radio, newspaper) will be involved during the summer school, particularly during the field campaign, in order to show data acquisition with innovative instrumentation. Finally, ESR will be asked to prepare a final presentation in the form of a TED conference, that will be uploaded in the dissemination section on the TRuStEE website.

Presentations at National Meetings by the network members

Presentation at technical workshop and international conference are foreseen during the all lifetime of the project by the ESR and by the beneficiary members.

Project newsletter sent every two months

A Project newsletter will be sent every two months, updating on dissemination and outreach activities planned

Advertising for ESR recruitment

The supervisory board will coordinate the strategy for the recruitment. The advertisements of the available positions will be sent to most important academic, research centres institution as well as published on ITN webpage, MSCA website and web page of the host institutions, the EURAXESS Job Portal, the European Network of Mobility Centres and advertisements at scientific meetings.

Procedure for the in-flight definition of the flight plan for multi-rotor UAV

The UAV sistem is ready (platform, payload and acquisistion protocol): the light-weighted hyperspectral instrument is mounted on the platform, the procedure for the in-flight definition of the flight plan is operational and the standardized protocol for data acquisition is defined. The first data are collected on field.

Open source softwares for the extraction of EFPs from FLUXNET data

Open source software to derive physiological parameters and ecosystem functional properties such as light use efficiency, water use efficiency from eddy covariance flux data. The development will be focused on the FLUXNET sites with open policy.

Model for the retrieval of PTs, EFPs and EBVs from satellite data assimilation techniques

Open source software combining algorithms for the retrieval of vegetation characteristics (PTs), EFPs and EBVs from satellite sensors, including Sentinel 2 and Landsat 8. They will be published under GNU licence.

Open source softwares for the retrieval of PTs and EFPs from multi-satellite and hyperspectral data

Development of a open source code for the prediction of plant traits and ecosystem functional properties related to the photosynthetic processes from multisource near-surface remote sensing data.

Project website

TRuSTee website will be designed and made. A downloaded area for the partner will be designed including an intranet area for sharing data among the partnership and an open area for public deliverables and for data exploitation. The website will be linked to the webGIS.

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Bigleaf—An R package for the calculation of physical and physiological ecosystem properties from eddy covariance data

Author(s): Jürgen Knauer, Tarek S. El-Madany, Sönke Zaehle, Mirco Migliavacca
Published in: PLOS ONE, Issue 13/8, 2018, Page(s) e0201114, ISSN 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201114

Basic and extensible post-processing of eddy covariance flux data with REddyProc

Author(s): Thomas Wutzler, Antje Lucas-Moffat, Mirco Migliavacca, Jürgen Knauer, Kerstin Sickel, Ladislav Šigut, Olaf Menzer, Markus Reichstein
Published in: Biogeosciences, Issue 15/16, 2018, Page(s) 5015-5030, ISSN 1726-4189
DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-5015-2018

Inferring plant functional diversity from space: the potential of Sentinel-2

Author(s): Xuanlong Ma, Miguel D. Mahecha, Mirco Migliavacca, Fons van der Plas, Raquel Benavides, Sophia Ratcliffe, Jens Kattge, Ronny Richter, Talie Musavi, Lander Baeten, Ionut Barnoaiea, Friedrich J. Bohn, Olivier Bouriaud, Filippo Bussotti, Andrea Coppi, Timo Domisch, Andreas Huth, Bogdan Jaroszewicz, Julia Joswig, Daniel E. Pabon-Moreno, Dario Papale, Federico Selvi, Gaia Vaglio Laurin, Fernando Vallad
Published in: Remote Sensing of Environment, Issue 233, 2019, Page(s) 111368, ISSN 0034-4257
DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111368

Photosynthesis-Sun Induced Fluorescence Relationship in a Mediterranean Grassland

Author(s): David Martini, Javier Pacheco-Labrador, Oscar Perez-Priego, Christiaan van der Tol, Tarek El Madany, Tommaso Julitta, Micol Rossini, Anatoly Gitelson, Markus Reichstein, Mirco Migliavacca
Published in: IGARSS 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2018, Page(s) 5979-5982
DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8517362