The laboratory is focused on the development of innovative applications of satellite/aerial optical (multi- and hyper-spectral) and SAR imagery covering a wide range of fields of interest, as fire monitoring, volcanic eruptions and ash cloud monitoring, oil spill monitoring, environmental monitoring including the development of applications related to security. The laboratory is oriented in particular to the development of automatic applications based on real-time approaches.
Scientific coordinator: Professor Giovanni Laneve
Equipped with software and hardware instruments, and with a wide dataset of satellite images including low as well as very high spatial resolution, both optical and radar, the laboratory relies on two satellite image acquisition systems: one located in Rome, and another one in the Broglio Space Center in Malindi, Kenya.
Rome Station acquires images from SEVIRI (Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager), on board Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellite, and images from MODIS and AVHRR satellites, while Malindi Station could acquire high resolution images (Landsat, CBERS, etc.)
The tool develops an open source Agricultural Geospatial Decision Support System (AGDSS), co-designed with the users and totally operational.
The functionality of the AGDSS will be based on the combined use of crop growth models, in-situ data and weather and climate information with satellite Earth Observation data. In a word, AfriCultuReS provides space based agricultural production services.
AfriCultuReS is supported by the major actors, GEO – Group of Earth Observations and the African Union through its technical body NEPAD. This fact ensures the alignment of AfriCultuReS with the requirements set in the call. Additionally the African Development Bank has expressed its support to AfriCultuReS.