Belgium

Study Team

Team Leader and Members:

     Pierre Defourny

     Aline Léonard

     François Waldner

Collaboration:

In the framework of the FP 7 and ESA funded projects, several collaborations have been established. The main research topics are crop mapping and retrieval of bio ‐ physical variables. A major goal of SIGMA (Stimulating Innovation for Global Monitoring of Agriculture and its Impact on the Environment in support of GEOGLAM) is to support GEOGLAM partly by coordinating JECAM activities. The consortium includes several JECAM site partners, including Stravopol (Russia), Kyev (Ukraine), Shandong (China), San Antonio (Argentina) and Sao Paolo (Brazil). A standardized field data collection protocol for crop type classification has been provided to the sites. In addition, efforts have been made to gather and pre ‐ process a minimum standardized data set for each site. Research activities focuses on multi ‐ sensor cropland and crop type mapping while encouraging cross ‐ site experiments.

The ESA project Sen2Agri (Sentinel‐2 for Agriculture) developed products relevant for agriculture monitoring as preparation for the future exploitation of the satellite Sentinel ‐ 2. The goal is to promote to key agriculture monitoring stakeholders and facilitate ownership of the proposed solution based on Sentinel‐2 and the open source tool box, through a specific relationship with the JECAM network. The representative user group includes the EU MARS project and the GEOGLAM partners. The Belgian JECAM site was selected as a voluntary site of the Demonstration phase of the Sen2Agri toolbox.

The BELCAM research project aims at developing a platform with useful information at the parcels level to help farmers to monitor their fields. To develop a product on the Nitrogen advice, radar images were required and collaboration was established on the Belgian JECAM site to detect the tillage.

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