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REmote sensing for Seasonal and Overseas Retrieval of Total suspended Matter

Parent project: Support to the Exploitation and Research of Earth Observation data 2, more
Reference no: SR/67/112
Acronym: RESORT
Period: December 2006 till December 2008
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Remote sensing; Suspended sediments
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Institutes (4)  Top | Publications | Datasets 
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO), more, executant
  • International Marine & Dredging Consultants NV (IMDC), more, executant
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Vlaams Ministerie Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Waterbouwkundig Laboratorium (WL), more, external adviser
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more, sponsor

IMDC prepares specifications and recommendations for the maintenance of dredging works, for the optimization of dredging projects, for environmental monitoring of dredging projects (turbidity generation..) etc. IMDC requires information on the spatial variation of turbidity for the optimization of the dredging locations and dumping sites, the better planning of new harbor locations and the calibration and validation of the sediment transport models. IMDC realizes that remote sensing data can help to overcome the limitations of the traditional, labor-intensive point measurements. For this reason VITO and IMDC conducted the ORMES project. The ORMES project focused mainly on the full capability of state-of-the-art airborne hyperspectral sensors, with some minor tasks devoted to satellite based TSM derivations. The final product of the ORMES project is a user-friendly software for the production of suspended matter maps. By the end of 2006 this software will be implemented at IMDC and TSM concentration maps can be generated from remote sensing data with a limited number of water samples for calibration. Yet, for the software to be fully operational the user partner in the ORMES project (WLB- Waterbouwkundig Laboratorium en Hydrologisch onderzoek - Flanders Hydraulics Research) emphasized the need for:

(1) extending the software for use in other estuarine or coastal environments
(2) identifying its applicability in other seasons
(3) detailed research on the viewing opportunities over sites of interest.

Datasets (2)  Top | Institutes | Publications 
  • Hyperspectral airborne imagery of the Zeeschelde - 2007, more
  • SPOT data 2005 - 2006: Hyperspectral images, more

Publications (3)  Top | Institutes | Datasets 
  • Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek; International Marine and Dredging Consultants (2007). REmote sensing for Seasonal and Overseas Retrieval of TSM. Activity report 1 covering the period from 01/12/2006 to 01/11/2007. Programmatorische Federale Overheidsdienst Wetenschapsbeleid: Belgium. 26 pp., more
  • Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek; International Marine and Dredging Consultants (2009). REmote sensing for Seasonal and Overseas Retrieval of TSM: final report. Programmatorische Federale Overheidsdienst Wetenschapsbeleid: [s.l.]. 15 pp., more
  • Sterckx, S.; Knaeps, E.; Bollen, M.; Trouw, K.; Houthuys, R. (2007). Retrieval of suspended sediment from advanced hyperspectral sensor data in the Scheldt estuary at different stages in the tidal cycle. Mar. Geod. 30(1-2): 97-108., more

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