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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SPA.2012.1.1-04 | Award Amount: 2.91M | Year: 2013

The overall objective of IncREO is to provide actors responsible for disaster management, risk prevention, civil protection and also spatial planning with EO-based solutions contributing particularly to an improved preparedness and mitigation planning for areas highly vulnerable to natural disasters and already noticeable climate change trends. These solutions will be adjusted to the users and end-users needs and will also reflect on short-term climate change scenarios and related legislature both on national, supranational and European level. As a multi-risk oriented concept per se any type of natural disaster is addressed. However, selected use cases (dam failure, storm surge and wave height, flood, earthquake and landslide) and the transfer of solutions to a specifically multi-risk prone test site will also be covered. From a technical point of view the IncREO solutions will be based on state-of-the-art methodologies, implemented by means of up-to-date mapping and modelling / procedures and finally appropriately disseminated to the relevant stakeholder groups.


Kuntz S.,Infoterra GmbH
Tropical Ecology | Year: 2010

Since the launch of the ERS-1 and -2 satellites on July 17, 1991 and April 21,1995, respectively, and RADARSAT on November 4, 1995, microwave imagery has proven to bea powerful tool for ARD (afforestation, reforestation, deforestation) monitoring from space. The cloud penetrating capability of the spaceborne SAR (synthetic aperture radar) facilitated the monitoring of large perpetually cloud-covered tropical regions. The continuity of such data is assured by ENVISAT (launched on March 1, 2002) and RADARSAT-2. With the launch of very high resolution SAR systems such as the TerraSAR-X (launched on June 15, 2007) and the Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean Basin Observation, COSMO SkyMed (launched on June 7, 2007), new opportunities for improved mapping and monitoring of tropical environments are available. The TerraSAR-X, the first operational commercial system offers up to 1 m spatial resolution with unprecedented weather-independent image quality and details. This paper illustrates the technical features of TerraSAR-X and presents first results from TerraSAR-X image analysis of tropical environments. © International Society for Tropical Ecology. Source


Koppe W.,University of Cologne | Koppe W.,Infoterra GmbH | Gnyp M.L.,University of Cologne | Hutt C.,University of Cologne | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation | Year: 2012

This study assesses the use of TerraSAR-X data for monitoring rice cultivation in the Sanjiang Plain in Heilongjiang Province, Northeast China. The main objective is the understanding of the coherent copolarized X-band backscattering signature of rice at different phenological stages in order to retrieve growth status. For this, multi-temporal dual polarimetric TerraSAR-X High Resolution SpotLight data (HH/VV) as well as single polarized StripMap (VV) data were acquired over the test site. In conjunction with the satellite data acquisition, a ground truth field campaign was carried out. The backscattering coefficients at HH and VV of the observed fields were extracted on the different dates and analysed as a function of rice phenology to provide a physical interpretation for the copolarized backscatter response in a temporal and spatial manner. Then, a correlation analysis was carried out between TerraSAR-X backscattering signal and rice biomass of stem, leaf and head to evaluate the relationship with different vertical layers within the rice vegetation. HH and VV signatures show two phases of backscatter increase, one at the beginning up to 46 days after transplanting and a second one from 80 days after transplanting onwards. The first increase is related to increasing double bounce reflection from the surface-stem interaction. Then, a decreasing trend of both polarizations can be observed due to signal attenuation by increasing leaf density. A second slight increase is observed during senescence. Correlation analysis showed a significant relationship with different vertical layers at different phenological stages which prove the physical interpretation of X-band backscatter of rice. The seasonal backscatter coefficient showed that X-band is highly sensitive to changes in size, orientation and density of the dominant elements in the upper canopy. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. Source


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SPA.2012.1.1-02 | Award Amount: 3.35M | Year: 2013

The LOBOS project involves a consortium of fourteen partners including large companies, SMEs and institutional entities from height European countries. LOBOS aims at testing the low time critical scenarios of the CONOPS in order to deliver a draft of specifications for a GMES operational border surveillance support service in 2014. Thus LOBOS will implement an initial pre-operational service three months after the contract kick-off, which will be evaluated and refined through a phased development all along the project. Three successive upgraded versions of the service will be run during the two years project time period. This pre-operational service is designed to be activated by FRONTEX, through EUSC or EMSA over any geographical location. Around 60 activations using more than 450 satellites images and ancillary data are foreseen. LOBOS will put emphasis on modelling, statistics and analysis, relying on satellite imagery but also on Open Source Intelligence and other environmental informations (meteorology, sea currents) to produce CONOPS products. In the LOBOS approach, the R&D outcome aims at improving the services performance along its phased implementation, in terms of content, cost (automation) and delivery time capabilities. It will not prevent the delivery of the core pre-operational service. The progression of the project will be permanently available on a dedicated web site. Moreover, the results of the project will be presented during a workshop in Warsaw in conjunction with the annual European Border Guards day in May 2014.


Trademark
Infoterra GmbH | Date: 2012-09-18

Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, measuring, signaling, checking apparatus and instruments, namely, satellites; apparatus for recording, transmitting, reproducing sound and images; mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; data processing apparatus and computer peripheral equipment; aerials; tape recorders; cameras; camcorders; compact disks featuring satellites images; optical compact disks featuring satellites images; telecommunication transmitters; data processing apparatus, in particular from satellites; apparatus for simulating the development of infrastructure, namely, data processing apparatus; apparatus for creating and updating development plans and maps, namely, data processing apparatus; photographic carriers for dark plates, compact disk players; optical character readers; computer software for use in organizing and viewing digital images and photographs; scientific and technical apparatus, namely, optical mirrors; observation instruments, namely, satellites; downloadable computer software for use in organizing and viewing digital images and photographs; satellite navigational system, namely, a global positioning system (GPS); satellites for scientific purposes, in particular earth observation satellites and radar satellites; apparatus for processing, analysis, reproduction and storage of satellites images, namely, data processing apparatus; electric and electronic apparatus to generate digital elevation models, namely, computer terminal; computer software for use in creating digital elevation model databases. Advertising; organization and conducting of product presentations for retailing images generated by satellites, namely, geographical images in 2D and 3D, geographical maps and topographic base maps consisting of images generated by satellites or antennae, digital evaluation models in the form of grids of components coded by elevation and receiver antennae; compilation of information into computer databases, in particular compilation of images generated by satellites or antennae and compilation of high-resolution and very high resolution digital images generated by satellites; retail store and wholesale store services featuring images generated by satellites, in particular geographical images, geographical maps and topographic base maps consisting of images generated by satellites; organizing and conducting on-line product presentations of images generated by satellite, in particular geographical images, geographical maps and topographic maps consisting of images generated by satellite or by aerial means, and providing commercial information relating to these products. Telecommunications, namely, computer-aided transmission of messages and images, in particular high resolution and very high resolution images and geographical information, satellite transmission of message and images, in particular high resolution and very high resolution images and geographical information; communications by computer terminals; providing user access to a global computer network; computer-aided transmission of messages and images, in particular high-resolution and very high resolution images and geographical information; satellite transmission of message and images, in particular high-resolution and very high resolution images and geographical information; providing access to databases, in particular, providing access to image databases by satellites and aerials. Providing information relating to educational services; providing entertainment information; film production; digital imaging services; publication of books; arranging and conducting of educational colloquiums in the field of the exploitation of satellite data and derivative products in the nature of orthorectification images; arranging and conducting educational conferences in the field of the exploitation of satellite data and derivative products in the nature of maps update; arranging and conducting of educational conventions in the field of the exploitation of satellite data and derivative products in the nature of defence and security missions; arranging and conducting of seminars in the field of the exploitation of satellite data and derivative products in the nature of orthorectification images; photography; organization of exhibitions for cultural or educational purposes; photographic reporting; publication of texts other than advertising texts in the field of the exploitation of satellite data and derivative products in the nature of orthorectification images; electronic publishing of books and periodicals online in the field of the exploitation of satellite data and derivative products in the nature of images satellites. Design of computer databases for global digital elevation models; scientific and technological services, namely, providing scientific research, analysis and testing pertaining to data generated by earth observation satellites, precise geologic relief measurement, and the components of measurement physics; scientific research relating to geo-data relating to digital elevation models; scientific and technological services, namely, research and design in the field of satellite imagery and the exploitation of related data, namely, the design of processing methods for observation satellite data, development of processing protocols for exploiting satellite data with a view to producing geographical information and engineering in connection with programming aerial photographs from a network of observation satellites; industrial analysis and research services in the field of satellite imagery and the exploitation of the data relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services in the fields of digital elevation models for applications in processing and orthorectification of other geo-data, the mapping and modeling of geo-physical processes on earth, the calculation of wave propagation in the telecommunication industry, and the logistic and safety applications in air and land transportation; design and development of computer software and hardware; recovery of computer data; environmental protection consultancy; environmental testing, inspection and crisis intervention planning consultancy; consultancy pertaining to computer security; data conversion of electronic information; computer software design; engineering services, namely, technical project planning and design engineering of geospatial solutions; surveying; oil-field surveys; conducting geological surveys; geological research; analysis services for oil and gas field exploitation; land surveying; oil prospecting; urban planning; computer programming; creating and maintaining web sites on behalf of others; geological prospecting; research services in the field of cartographic products, land cover maps and land registers; providing technical information relating to geological and geographical information of on-line images generated by satellites, in particular geographical images, geographical maps and topographic base maps composed of images generated via satellite and aerial.

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