Laboratory for Earth observation - LEO

Reference of the Group:

GIUV2016-305

 
Description of research activity:
The Laboratory for Earth Observation (LEO, http://ipl.uv.es/leo/) is part of the interdisciplinary research unit Image Processing Laboratory (IPL) from the University of Valencia. Led by Prof. J. Moreno, deals with most of the technical and scientific aspects of Earth observation, including design of new instrument missions, processing of new data types, in particular optical multi-angular and hyperspectral data. Research lines of LEO involve: Theoretical modeling of radiative transfer processes of natural surfaces, with emphasis on hyperspectral sampling of the electromagnetic radiation Development of algorithms and implementation of physical model inputs in Earth observation products: model inversion and data assimilation. Development of new instruments and techniques related to detection of fluorescence. Development of data processing methods (atmospheric correction, geometric corrections related to multi-angular systems, processing chains) Monitoring of natural vegetation, hydrological cycles, desertification, CO2 fluxes, and energy balances using Earth observation data. Definition of requirements, development of processing algorithms and data simulation for future sensors and...The Laboratory for Earth Observation (LEO, http://ipl.uv.es/leo/) is part of the interdisciplinary research unit Image Processing Laboratory (IPL) from the University of Valencia. Led by Prof. J. Moreno, deals with most of the technical and scientific aspects of Earth observation, including design of new instrument missions, processing of new data types, in particular optical multi-angular and hyperspectral data. Research lines of LEO involve: Theoretical modeling of radiative transfer processes of natural surfaces, with emphasis on hyperspectral sampling of the electromagnetic radiation Development of algorithms and implementation of physical model inputs in Earth observation products: model inversion and data assimilation. Development of new instruments and techniques related to detection of fluorescence. Development of data processing methods (atmospheric correction, geometric corrections related to multi-angular systems, processing chains) Monitoring of natural vegetation, hydrological cycles, desertification, CO2 fluxes, and energy balances using Earth observation data. Definition of requirements, development of processing algorithms and data simulation for future sensors and missions (FLEX, CHIME, SPECTRA), calibration and validation of optical satellite data (Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3, PROBA) and airborne data (CFL, AHS, CASI, HYPER).The LEO group started its work in the field of imaging spectroscopy in 1998 with the participation of Prof. José Moreno as coordinator of the field activities for ESA's DAISEX98 experiment. This experiment was set up to test the new hyperspectral airborne DAIS sensor developed by the German Aerospace Agency (DLR). Since then, LEO has been involved in more than 50 national and international research projects. In those projects, the group has dealt with most of the technical and scientific aspects of Earth observation, including design of new instrument missions, processing of new data types, in particular optical multi-angular and hyperspectral data.The group has developed a processing chain for automatic image preprocessing; starting from raw data, identifying and correcting for all types of noise, until delivery of atmospherically and geometrically corrected reflectance data and derived products (e.g. cloud maps, aerosol optical depth) at the highest possible quality. This processing chain is currently implemented in the ESA Basic ERS & Envisat (A)ATSR and MERIS Toolbox (BEAM) and has recently been applied to new generation optical sensors. LEO has taken the lead in the ESA FLuorescence EXplorer (FLEX) project running since 2007, which will be the first mission designed to globally map chlorophyll fluorescence emission originated from the terrestrial vegetation (http://ipl.uv.es/flex-parcs). FLEX was been accepted to become ESA's 8th Earth Explorer, which is planned to be launched in 2022. FLEX is proposed to fly in tandem with Copernicus' Sentinel-3 satellite to detect interrelated features of fluorescence, hyperspectral reflectance, and canopy temperature.
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Scientific-technical goals:
  • Remote Sensing Applications
 
Research lines:
  • Remote Sensing. Aplicaciones de la teledetección al medio ambiente, agricultura y calidad de aguas. Desarrollo de nuevos sensores y misiones de observación de la Tierra.
 
Group members:
Name Nature of participation Entity Description
José Felicísimo Moreno MéndezDirector-a UVEG-Valencia Catedràtic-a d'Universitat
Equip d'investigació
Jesús Valeriano Delegido GómezMembre UVEG-Valencia Titular d'Universitat
Miguel Morata DolzMembre UVEG-Valencia Investigador-a no Doctor-a UVEG A1
Xavier Soria PerpiñáMembre UVEG-Valencia Investigador-a contractat-ada Vali+d
Esther Patricia Urrego de MarquezMembre UVEG-Valencia Investigador-a en Formació Predoctoral en el Ministeri
Shari Romina Joojelijne Van WittenbergheMembre UVEG-Valencia Investigador-a doctor-a UVEG Senior
Bárbara Alvado ArranzCol·laborador-a UVEG-Valencia Estudiant-a de doctorat de la Universitat de València
Eatidal Amin DareiCol·laborador-a UVEG-Valencia Investigador-a en Formació Vali+d
Santiago Belda PalazónCol·laborador-a UA-Alicante Científic-a Titular
Ramón Peña MartínezCol·laborador-a UVEG-Valencia Professor-a Honorari-a
Equip de Treball
Luis Alonso ChordáEquip de Treball UVEG-Valencia Tècnic-a Superior UVEG
José Alberto Estévez GarcíaEquip de Treball UVEG-Valencia Tècnic-a Mitjà UVEG
Adrian Jacinto GuillénEquip de Treball UVEG-Valencia Tècnic-a Superior UVEG
Antonio Ruiz-VerduEquip de Treball UVEG-Valencia Tècnic-a Superior UVEG
Nancy Carolina Tenjo GilEquip de Treball UVEG-Valencia Tècnic-a Superior UVEG
Jochem VerrelstEquip de Treball UVEG-Valencia Investigador-a contractat-ada Ramón y Cajal