Terrestrial and Aquatic Fluorescence Workshop call for participation and paper submission

The FLEX Organising Committee invites you to register for participation and to submit a paper to the 2019 International Network on Remote Sensing of Terrestrial and Aquatic Fluorescence Workshop:  

The Paper Submission deadline is 15 November 2018.

The main objectives of the Workshop are:

  • Inform the community recent developments and the status of the FLEX mission.
  • Review latest achievement in FLEX data processing, fluorescence and biophysical parameter retrievals, and information exploitation.
  • Promote synergistic data analysis involving FLEX and Sentinel-3 mission data.
  • Bring together remote sensing communities focusing on aquatic and terrestrial systems, including data providers, experts and users.
  • Consolidate the link between fluorescence and carbon balance, carbon cycle studies, agriculture, forestry, food security and crop production
  • Promote new application fields of fluorescence remote sensing including plant phenotyping, water cycle and aquatic research.
  • Provide updates on recent modeling activities coupling remote sensing signals and ecosystem processes.
  • Plan future activities in the field of vegetation and aquatic remote sensing by exploiting new observational capabilities provided by FLEX and Sentinel-3.
  • Consolidation of results and contributions for ESA’s LPS 2019

FLEX 2019 will take place at the Davos Congress in Davos Switzerland, from the 5th to the 8th of March 2019.

DRAFT IOCCG Report 17: EO in Support of Water Quality

Available freshwater resources are emerging as a limiting factor not only in quantity, but also in quality, for human development and ecological stability.  We are pleased to announce that a DRAFT IOCCG Report on “Earth Observations in Support of Global Water Quality Monitoring“, edited by S. Greb, A. Dekker and C. Binding, is now available for preview on the IOCCG webpage (low resolution) produced by an IOCCG working group aiming to build stronger linkages between water resources management end users and data providers, to fully realize current and future EO products.  The Working Group was chaired by A. Dekker, P. DIGiacomo and S. Greb,

The final report will be published within the next few months and will be printed by the State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics, Second Institute of Oceanography, China, which is gratefully acknowledged. Hardcopies of the report can be requested at:  The number of printed copies will depend upon requests received, so please submit your requests as soon as possible.

Note:  Hardcopies of IOCCG Reports 15 (Phytoplankton Functional Types from Space, 2014) and 16 (Ocean Colour Remote Sensing in Polar Seas, 2015) are currently being printed by NOAA and should be mailed within the next few weeks.

Final Programme Announced: Joint GEO AquaWatch and GloboLakes Workshop

The GEOAquawatch_GloboLakes_2018_Final_Workshop_Programme_vers_3.0  was just released for the upcoming Water Quality Information for the Benefit of Society Joint GEO AquaWatch and GloboLakes Workshop, August 28-31, 2018 at The University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.  View the campus map.   We look forward to seeing you at this meeting, or check back for information on joining us remotely for select sessions.

GEO AquaWatch Announces Steering Committee Members

We are so pleased to introduce our distinguished GEO Aqua Watch Steering Committee Members for the inaugural team!

Amos T. Kabo-bah, Earth Observation Research and Innovation Centre, Ghana

Laurence Carvalho, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh UK

C.K. Anoop, Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology, Kerala India

Guido Schmidt, EIP Water, Madrid Spain

Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, UNESCO, Paris France

Leigh Fletcher, Ocean Systems, St. Croix United States Virgin Islands – Chair

Rose Osinde Alabaster, self-employed, Geneva Switzerland

Dwane Young, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC

New EOS Publication: Global Water Clarity

Secchi reading by Tim Plude on Wisconsin’s Lake Tomahawk, October 2012. Credit: Laura Herman

Several GEO AquaWatch experts coauthored a recent publication about combining field observations of secchi depth with remotely sensed satellite inferences.  This effort aligns with the mission and goal of GEO AquaWatch.  Read the article here.