Living Planet Symposium 2013
The "Living Planet Symposium 2013" was held in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, from 9 to 13 September 2013 and was organised by ESA with the support of the UK Space Agency.
This was the biggest EO Symposium ever organised by ESA: 1697 participants from 52 countries shared their experience about EO satellite data during the event. Some 740 oral presentations have been accommodated in 9 parallel sessions daily and more than 900 posters were shown during 3 days of poster sessions. Presentations related to on-going work exploiting ESA and ESA Third Party Mission data, also in preparation to the forthcoming Sentinel missions, allowed participants to get up to date on the latest scientific results, services development and operational plans.
Two sessions dedicated to TIGER were held on Wednesday 11 September, aiming at illustrating the initiative and some of the results achieved so far from the various TIGER research projects, including the Alcantara fellowships. Some 50-60 people attended the sessions.
- The first session was opened by an overview of the activities carried by the TIGER Capacity Building Facility, presented by Z. Vekerdy and a presentation of the status and achievements of the TIGER NET project presented by Ch. Tottrop. P. Mufeti presented the challenges related to flood simulation over the trans-boundary Cuvelai basin, J. Kampata showed the correlation between changes in runoff regime and land cover changes in the Kabompo River Basin. The first session was concluded by a presentation by J. Mtamba, illustrating the use of high resolution radar (Radarsat-2) data for hydrodynamic modelling of the Mara wetlands.
- The second session started with a presentation by M. Menenti on behalf of N. Adkim: time series of biophysical variables relevant for irrigation water requirements over Doukkala area were constructed combining SPOT4 HRVIR, LDCM and RapidEye data (bi-monthly) and comparing an analytical approach with the Kc-NDVI Method. The following presentation by E. Cheruiyot showed how MSG-2 data can be integrated with high resolution data to increase temporal frequency of EO-derived vegetation indexes to monitor aquatic plants proliferation in Lake Victoria. M. S. Salama on behalf of H. Farag illustrated an algorithm (and its validation) to retrieve water quality parameters from a SPOT-4 time series in unprecedented temporal frequency of 5 days over Lake Burullus. A. Hegyiová presented the results of the quality evaluation of soil moisture maps derived from ASAR GM over the African continent (follow-on of the SHARE project, started during TIGER-1). The session was closed by F. Annor, who presented the ongoing work to estimate water balance parameters for integration in existing water modelling tools for the Volta basin.