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SARSCAPE

Landscape Structure Mapping for Atmospheric Deposition Modelling using ERS SAR scene texture features

Development and demonstration of an integrated system for the production, at regional scale, of landscape structure maps based on ERS scene texture segmentation and quantification. The SARSCAPE service is intended to improve atmospheric transport and pollutant deposition modelling.

 
Project References
 Name SARSCAPE
 Title Landscape Structure Mapping for Atmospheric Deposition Modelling using ERS SAR scene texture features
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme Atmosphere
Land
 Cost €300k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (1998-2002)
 Sensors ERS-1/2 : SAR
 
Project Description
 Objectives

The SarScape project aimed at developing and demonstrating, at a regional scale, an integrated system for the production of landscape structure maps based on ERS scene texture segmentation and quantification and their incorporation in atmospheric transport and pollutant deposition models.

The developers of atmospheric transport and deposition models are considered as the maim users of the SARSCAPE information. These models are used by governmental agencies, institutions and industry (in engineering, consulting, site planning of e.g. wind turbines) in projects and services with respect to environmental impact assessment and monitoring.

Apart from the incorporation of the landscape structure maps in atmospheric models, the SARSCAPE products also touch numerous potential application fields, such as natural habitat fragmentation mapping, urban and residentail area mapping, forest inventory... As such the products carry a distinct and generic value for which the potential business prospects need to be assessed.

The SarScape products are twofold :

  • the implementation of an innovative texture extraction procedure
  • the application of SAR-imagery to derive impact-of-landscape on windfield - as alternative to detailled landcover maps
 
 Results SARSCAPE Final Report
 
 
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor VITO : Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) - Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Processes (TAP)
 Subcontractors
 
User Partnership
 Users
 
Contact Points
 Project Manager Gil Lissens
VITO/TAP
Boeretang 200
B-2400 Belgium
Tel: +32 14-33.68.00
Fax: +32 14-32.27.95
Email: Gil.Lissens@vito.be
 Technical Officer Marc Paganini
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei
I-00046 Frascati (RM)
ITALY
Tel: +39 06-941.80563
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
Email: marc.paganini@esa.int
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