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AS5.1

Earth surveillance and space-based monitoring of the environment: Integrated approaches
Convener: Silas Michaelides  | Co-Conveners: Albert Ansmann , Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis , C. Kontoes , Gunter Schreier 
Orals
 / Fri, 13 Apr, 08:30–10:00 / Room 0.94
Posters
 / Attendance Fri, 13 Apr, 17:30–19:00 / Hall X5
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This session will accept papers on integrated technologies of Earth observation that are used to provide reliable up-to-date information needed to better observe, understand, protect, monitor, and predict environmental parameters that are interrelated with the human, physical and built environment. There is a systematic 'push' of filling the research gap for integrating different remote sensing techniques e.g., field spectroscopy, UAV's, multispectral cameras, in-situ and active remote sensing (lidar) techniques with space-based techniques for monitoring the environment. Indeed, this provides an extra benefit to the remote sensing users for assessing, validating and deriving auxiliary information, in order to assist the space-based activities. Calibration of space-based derived data is a must in the active and passive satellite remote sensing. This session will give the opportunity to the participants to exchange ideas and identify future trends in the integrated use of remote sensing and space-based techniques for monitoring the environment. Eastern-Mediterranean region is considered as an important and strategic region for assessing the effectiveness and implementation of space-based of the environment activities such as water resources management, natural hazards (floods, fires, earthquakes, landslides etc), aerosol-cloud interaction, climate changes, land-cover changes, urban heat, solar radiation, energy, cultural heritage etc. Special interest in this session is to provide the opportunity to exchange ideas with existing projects that contributes to the Copernicus Services and GEO. Finally, ideas of how Big Data activities are used to bridge the gap between Earth observation and information technology sectors are welcome.