Remote Sensing for Digital Earth


Remote Sensing for Digital Earth unit develops advanced methods and systems for satellite-/air-borne remotely sensed image processing in Earth Observation (EO). Attention is devoted to the analysis and interpretation of multitemporal data, and their possible use in several fields of environmental monitoring, including urban areas monitoring, cryosphere analysis, agriculture, forest inventory, etc. The wide range of solutions is possible by considering the range of remote sensing technologies (active and passive sensors, low to very high spatial resolution, multi- to hyper-spectral data, LiDAR, sounder, etc.) and the opportunity of synergic use with complementary data sources (e.g., data from sensor networks, mobile phones, social media).

In this field, RSDE puts effort in strengthening the connection between technological and methodological developments, as well as in developing specific applications. Technologies and methodologies for data processing and pattern recognition are applied to specific problems of environmental control and management for the generation of novel services.

Contributions to Smart Cities and Communities

In the context of Smart Cities and Communities, RSDE provides know-how on image processing, remote sensing data analysis and their fusion with multi-source information (e.g., cadastral maps, GPS data, sensor measures) for the definition of high semantic level, spatially distributed and georeferenced environmental variables with the possibility of a regular temporal update.

Other research directions

RSDE develops research in the filed Space Observation. RSDE is involved in the design of a radar sounder instrument of the exploration of Jupiter icy moons (RIME-Radar for Icy Moon Exploration) for the ESA L1 mission JUICE-JUpiter ICy moons Explorer. RSDE provides image and signal processing skills for the design of methodologies for information extraction from sub-surface radargrams.

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